Meditation for beginners

Hi!   Lynda Ellen here with another Blog! 

One of my clients asked me about Meditation recently. It was quite an advanced question, but it got me thinking about Meditation in general. If, like me, you always wanted to do things like Meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi etc that you had heard about, but never quite found the time to actually start, this Blog is for you.

Meditation brings wisdom;

Lack of mediation leaves ignorance.  (note: m e d i a t i o n)

Know well what leads you forward

and what holds you back,

and choose the path

that leads to wisdom.

Buddha

So, here are some suggestions of how to Find the Best in You!

When you start to meditate you begin to FEEL into yourself.  You become aware of how you feel physically and emotionally.  You start to gain clear insight into your life and your purpose. Intuition becomes more and more clear, and when you consider your intention, you become a superfeeler.

Meditation focuses on the breath. There are so many techniques that involve different things to do with the breath. You can count the breath as it comes and goes, holding the breath at the top and at the bottom; breathe short and fast, long and deep, and vary pace and timing to an infinite number of possibilities. The idea behind all the breath work is to allow you to become more aware of yourself in the present moment.  When you take a deep breath, you can feel more than when your breathing is shallow.  It also grounds you and helps you to relax.

Try it now. Wherever you are, close your eyes and take a huge deep breath in through your nose. Hold it at the top for a few moments, then slowly release all the air out through your mouth. Repeat twice more and gently open your eyes.

Imagine if you did more feeling in your daily life and allowed yourself the opportunity to feel your way through circumstances when you weren’t meditating. Imagine if you had space between you and whatever is going on in your life.  With meditation, you become a sensitised superhero, completely in control, with endless possibilities at your fingertips. When we aren’t feeling and aren’t meditating regularly, we are subject to our insecurities, mood swings and negative thoughts.  Who can see clearly under all that rubbish?

Cultivating a daily mediation practice removes the stuff that fogs up your access to your best self and clear thinking.  It’s like sitting behind a dirty, smeary window and one day remembering you can pick up a cloth, wipe the window clean and discover gorgeous scenery on the other side.

Setting up a home meditation practice is even simpler than setting up a yoga practice space. You don’t need anything that you don’t already have. You can meditate on your couch, sitting up in bed, or even at your desk. However, having a special spot will probably help with familiarity and regularity of your practice.  You can just use two thick blankets folded up and placed on the floor against a wall. It’s simple, easy and comfortable. As you walk by each morning and see the blankets, remember to take five minutes to sit and feel into your breath. Your day will be better!

Here are three tips to begin you meditation practice:

  1. Don’t Worry About Clearing Your Mind – It’s easy to fall into the belief that the goal of meditation is to have a crystal clear mind so you can see all the secrets of the Universe!

Don’t worry: plenty of cool experiences are going to happen to you. There is no need to get wrapped up in getting everything right straight away.

The mind wanders – that’s just what it does.  Every time your thoughts carry you off on a journey, just bring your attention back to your breath, back to feeling. That is what we need to practice.

The goal is to notice when your mind wanders. When you notice, you have a choice. You can go along for the ride, or you can guide your attention right back inward.  You will do this over and over again. Just see things as they happen. Guide your attention back to breathing and feeling. That’s your practice. Make the goal a process, not the destination.

  1. Write it down. When you have a ‘light bulb moment’ you don’t want to forget it.

Exciting thoughts and spontaneous ideas will come to you during meditation.  They may be great plans for  your business, a creative combination to try out in the kitchen, or your next project to work on at home. When these flashes of brilliance pop into your mind, do not try to remember or store them for later. Just stop, take a moment and write them down in the note book you keep close by. Now it’s down on paper, and you can come back to deal with it later. For the next few moments, come right back to your breath. Your light bulb moments are now preserved and your sacred meditation time intact. Win/win.

  1. Keep it Regular.  Just like yoga, we can talk about the benefits and understand how great life will be with all this practice.  But it only works if you actually do it! And the same rules apply: 5 minutes is better than nothing, and 5 minutes a day, every day, adds up to a whole lot. Try it out for one week and you’ll feel a big difference. First thing in the morning is a great time to set the habit.

You don’t even have to leave your bed for this one. This is what I do. Simply sit up, get comfortable and pay attention to your breath for five minutes. If your thoughts start to take you away from your breath, see if you can guide your attention right back. If your thoughts start to drift again, guide yourself back again.  After your five minutes, go about your day as usual and notice if you feel any different.

Hope this helps!  –  Lynda Ellen

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