It has taken me YEARS of attempts and about 20 books on “The best way to meditate” later but I finally feel confident enough to sit down in my meditation chair (I need a chair…and a nice comfy one too at that!) for roughly 20 mins and soak in the peace and quiet.
It took me ages to get to this point because I never believed I was doing it right, that there was a “right way” to do it and I felt I would never get the hang of it! I tried and tried many times over but I never gave up and eventually I discovered the secret!
THERE IS NO “RIGHT WAY” TO MEDITATE!
After that, it all came more easily to me. I stopped worrying about doing it “right” and set the goal of sitting down a few days a week for 20-30 mins and sit in silence. I might have something I want to happen in my life or a goal I want to achieve and I visualise for some of my meditation. I also visualise the things, experiences or kinds of people I would like to attract into my life. If there is something specific I need for example – more energy, motivation or more joy etc, I use a hypnosis video or clip on YouTube. I’m currently listening to a Paul Mc Kenna Hypnosis called Change Your Life in 7 days before I go to sleep, and I say this with no exaggeration, it is EPIC.
The benefits of meditation are undeniable!
Physical benefits – Regulates blood pressure. Balances hormones. Creative visualisation activates and stimulates both sides of your brain. Improves concentration. Helps to relieve energy blockages. Brings you into the present moment which promotes more contentedness. Improves sleep quality.
Better mind-body integration: many of us have a tendency to live in our heads and to ignore what is happening in our bodies. Mindfulness makes us more aware of what is happening, both in our bodies and in our minds, so that we can experience and take into account the full range of thoughts, as well as our feelings.
Greater insight: by adopting a mindful of perspective, we observe our experience but don’t get caught up in it. Mindfulness helps us get greater clarity on what is happening in our minds and in our lives.
Improved problem-solving: by slowing down and investigating our thoughts, feelings and experiences more carefully, we create space and time to come up with wise responses to the difficulties in our lives. We create space between the urge to react and our actions, and we make considered and creative decisions about how to behave.
Better attention: we can concentrate better on tasks, maintain our focus and reach goals. We are less distracted. Experience can become lighter, clear, richer and more vivid.
Less selfishness more self-love: we are less wrapped up in our own thoughts and feelings, and so have greater ability to take ourselves (and what we truly desire) and others into account. We can be more considerate, empathetic, compassionate, sensitive and flexible in our relationships.
Less neurosis: we experience the world in an open way that is not so weighed down by unhelpful psychological patterns and that cultivates gratitude. We are better attuned to ourselves, to others and to the world, and able to act more skilfully, based on present need rather than past conditioning.
More acceptance: through mindfulness, we see events, thoughts and feelings always change, and we can learn to bear experiences more lightly and to let them go. We are more able to enjoy well-being that does not depend on things going ‘right’ or always being right.
Greater enjoyment of life: we can become more aware of pleasant experiences that were previously unnoticed, because of our mental focus on the past and the future.
Less beating ourselves up and self-criticism: mindfulness reduces our identification with negative thinking patterns – we stop thinking that we are our thoughts – and we can be kind to ourselves when we have negative thoughts about ourselves.
Top Tips —-> Meditation
1: There is no right way to do it so try out a few different ways and see what feels most comfortable for you – Silence, guided meditation, with/without music etc.
2: Pick a place where you won’t be disturbed that you can go to anytime you want to meditate.
3: Wear comfortable clothes and sit on something comfortable for you – Chair or cushion (It is best to sit upright as appose to lying down)
4: Start out with 15-20 mins and increase your time gradually if you want to.
5: Set an intention – ask a question or decide what you would like to get from your meditation.
Enjoy and let me know if these tips help
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