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Meditation Is Much Easier Than You Think!

click here for a free psychic reading at PsychicAccess.comMeditation is one of the best things a person can do for their spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health. The National Institute for Health, as well as the Mayo Clinic have published articles on their websites touting the well-researched benefits of this ancient spiritual practice.

All the major religions practice some form of meditation. However, meditation itself is not just a religious practice. The good news is, if you practice religion, meditation is a tool you can use. If you are non-religious, meditation is also a tool you can use.

So, why don’t more people meditate? Because they have a misconception about what meditation is, and how to do it. Many people think meditation means sitting in a lotus position while chanting, and not having a thought at all in your mind. While sitting in a lotus position and chanting is one way to meditate, it is not the only way. Furthermore, having no thoughts in your mind at all for an extended period is in fact not possible.

Meditation is about relaxation, attention, and focus. It is about recognizing the smallness that we and our problems are in the grand scheme of things, and conversely, remembering the infinite greatness that is our energetic being, as well as the Infinite Greatness we are a part of. This can be done in many ways.

People meditate often without even realizing that is what they are doing. An artist engaged in creating, a musician absorbed in music, a craftsman focused on his project, an adult holding a calm baby and feeling love, are all meditating. They are both focused and open. They are attentive to what is happening in that moment and are temporarily unconcerned about what is going on in the world around them. Not everyone has artistic tendencies or a calm baby to hold, but they can still meditate.

Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it ~ Sylvia Boorstein

Some of the best advice regarding meditation I ever received was, “Do it for less time than you think you can.” Many people start out determined to meditate for 10, 15, 30 minutes, or even an hour per day, when they are just beginning. They quickly give up, because they either feel they don’t have the time, or cannot sustain their focus, and they just can’t do it.

Begin by setting aside just five minutes. Set a timer. When it goes off, you can choose to stop there or continue without a timer. With practice, you will be able to meditate longer if you choose.

Begin by sitting in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your eyes closed. Take three deep breaths, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. After these initial breaths, breathe normally. Place your focus on your chest. Feel it moving up and down, in and out. We breathe between 20,000 and 30,000 times a day, and hardly ever notice it. Take a few minutes to revel in this miracle and send love and gratitude towards it.

If during this time of breath awareness, other thoughts creep in, don’t fight them. Acknowledge them. Visualize a shelf. In your mind’s eye, tell the thought, “I see you, and I will listen to you later.” Then put it on the shelf. Return to sending love and gratitude to the center of your chest. Before you know it, your first five minutes will be up. Congratulations, you just meditated!

Another way to meditate, that is especially good for people who don’t like sitting still, is a walking meditation. Take a short walk. Set your timer for two or three minutes. Spend those few minutes focusing on everything you smell. It may be rain, flowers, food, freshly mowed grass. Really pay attention to what you smell around you. Then reset your timer and spend the next few minutes focusing on what you hear. Do you hear birds, children playing, dog barking, traffic, leaves crunching under your feet, distant laughter, music? Really listen to the sounds around you.

Place your hands into soil to feel grounded. Wade into water to feel emotionally healed. Fill your lungs with fresh air to feel mentally clear. Raise your face to the heat of the sun and connect with that fire to feel your own immense power ~ Victoria Erickson

Next, set your timer again and focus on what you are feeling. It may the warmth of the sun, the wind on your cheeks, your clothes on your skin, your feet in your shoes. Finally, reset your timer one last time and focus on all that you see. Notice the different shades of green or gray, the different shapes of leaves or buildings, the way the sun hits a certain spot, the shadows and how they fall. And that’s it. Congratulations, once again you just meditated!

In both exercises you succeeded in focusing all your attention on the present moment, and more importantly, what you chose to focus on. All the stresses and anxieties of your day and life were forced to take a backseat, and remain quiet, because you put them on the backburner for a few minutes. You reclaimed your power, even if it was for just a few minutes. You did it, and now you know you can do it again any time you want. Doesn’t that feel better? Happy meditating.

About The Author: Traci

Traci lives in North Texas and is an active member of the Dallas Psychic Fair community. Descended from a long line of ancestors with various abilities, she's had prophetic dreams and has communicated with Spirits, hearing and seeing them, since early childhood. Adept at automatic writing, Tarot reading, Mediumship, I Ching, Astrology, and dream interpretation, her talents are in high demand. With the help of her Guides and the Guides of her clients, she's provided valuable, insightful information--for over thirty years--relaying messages that have changed the lives of her clients. In addition to her long-distance and in-person readings, she provides focused, detailed and highly accurate readings at local fairs and private parties she's often asked to attend. Traci is an artistic soul and lover of the arts. She's an accomplished published author of poetry, short stories and creative non-fiction. For a reading with this multi-talented, multi-tooled, Intuitive practitioner, you can find Traci at

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