Unlock The Power of Meditation
Unlock the Power of Meditation
“All I know is that when I can sit in nature, listening to the birds and feeling the wind on my skin, life feels right. I feel right.”
The mind sure can busy itself with thoughts, huh? Thought after thoughts turning on the wheel, oftentimes causing us to feel anxiety or fear.
Meditation (silence) is a technique that can help you gain more control over your thought life. It’s been quite instrumental in helping me heal at a deep level.
Please consider taking a season to learn about and implement meditation into your life. It’s not only beneficial for emotional healing, but it’s helpful physically and spiritually. It reduces stress, helps with concentration, gives your self-awareness a boost, helps you feel happier, and more. In fact, there are plenty of scientifically validated reasons that ought to get you motivated to start meditating regularly – starting today.
The hardest thing about meditation is actually taking the time to do it. Most people won’t do it. You’d think that sitting quietly and focusing on your breath for a few minutes would be a piece of cake, but it’s not. We live in a society where noise is constant, and people are hustling much of the time. And, when they’re not busy, they’ve got their mobile phones or iPad out.
Just look around. Even at a park, people are on their phones rather than sitting quietly taking in the awesomeness of nature.
But sitting for three minutes in silence?
Easier said than done, but it can be done when you commit to it as a discipline.
When I first started meditating, I found guided meditations helpful.
Guided meditations are meditations where a person gently guides you toward relaxation or a particular goal, such as less anxiety or more self-love.
They can really help you shift your focus and grow personally and spiritually. It’s quite easy to engage with a guided meditation, as all you have to do is sit or lie down, close your eyes, and listen to the meditation with an open mind.
Meditation For Beginners
Meditation is an ancient technique has long been popular in the East and is deemed to be a superb practice for enhancing relaxation, peace, and joy in one’s life.
If you want to learn more about meditation, follow these easy steps to incorporate such a beneficial practice in your life.
1. Find a quiet spot. Meditation is simply a practice that involves you sitting in a quiet spot and focusing on your breathing. The first step is to find a relaxing and quiet spot to practice meditation. You can sit with your legs crossed on the floor if you choose. Keep your back straight, yet relaxed. If sitting on the floor is difficult, sit in a comfortable chair or lie down. You simply want to feel relaxed and not have any distractions around.
2. Concentrate on the breath. The first thing you will do is take three deep breaths. Inhale deeply and focus on the air going into your lungs. Then exhale slowly while concentrating on the breath leaving the lungs and relaxing every muscle in your body. You want to really focus on letting go of all stress while you focus on the inhale and exhale. Once you have taken your deep breaths, continue to focus on your inhale and exhale as you breathe naturally.
3. Let go of thoughts. One of the reasons you are to concentrate on your breathing is because when you do this, by default you are not focusing on thoughts running around your mind. Have you noticed that you seem to be thinking thoughts all the time? You think even when you don’t want to! As you keep your attention on your breathing, your thoughts should decrease greatly. Once in a while you will find yourself thinking a thought and if so, it is quite normal and alright. Simply acknowledge the thought and then let it go. Do not entertain it. Just bid it adieu and get back to focusing on your breath.
4. Introduce a mantra. Some people really like introducing a mantra in their meditation time. A mantra is simply a word or phrase and in meditation you can concentrate on and repeat that mantra. Om is a very common mantra that is used, but there are many others. Om is said to be the sound vibration of the universe. Do a little research to see what kinds of mantras appeal to you.
The time you commit to meditation is completely up to you. Beginners usually start off with five or ten minutes, but go with what you feel comfortable with. The more you meditate, the longer you will be able to sit quietly. Seasoned meditators can meditate for 30 minutes to an hour at a time without a problem, but do what works for you. You might want to attend a meditation class to learn more about the ancient practice. It will certainly serve you well.
There are many free guided meditations online and I’ve taken advantage of many of them. If you’re dealing with fear, find one on fear. If you’re having a difficult time loving yourself, find one about self-worth. There are meditations on just about every topic, including decreasing anxiety, fear of abandonment, jealousy, and so on.
I firmly believe that if you will consistently take time to listen to guided meditations, you will experience some positive changes in your life. It’s the CONSISTENCY that many people will not commit to. They’ll do it once or twice (or not at all), and then say “It doesn’t work for me.”
Discipline yourself, dear one, to do small things consistently toward your recovery, and over time, you’ll see favorable results.
Here are some guided meditations to try at your leisure:
Dominica Applegate is an author, writer, and transpersonal spiritual teacher. Her teachings have helped millions of people experience emotional healing, relationship repair, and spiritual awakening. Earning her BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling, she worked 12 years in the mental health field before diving full-time into writing.
She runs Rediscovering Sacredness, an online portal that offers inspiration, essays, resources, and tools to help heal inner pain and experience more peace and joy.
Her books include Recycle Your Pain: It Has a Purpose, Into The Wild Shadow Work Journal, and a collection of poetry entitled, The Pain, It Shapes Her World.