Can it really change your life?
I’m guessing you’ve heard a lot about meditation, and you might even be practicing it in some form or another. To me, meditation is definitely the most essential spiritual discipline. It helps me keep my awareness both in my inner and outer world. However, the benefits of a daily meditation routine can be hard to explain…
Buddha was asked “What have you gained from meditation?”
He replied, “Nothing!”
“However,” Buddha said, “let me tell you what I have lost: Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Insecurity, Fear of Old Age and Death”.
The thing is, there are many ways to achieve deep relaxation and peace of mind. When you start “meditating” it is often most like sitting down and observing your thoughts rambling away as always.
Many people in our society have problems sitting down doing “nothing”, because we’ve gotten used to such a continuous load of external stimuli that our thoughts can’t seem to slow down. So, we relax with a Netflix series or through checking social media on our cell phones. Yet this is not the kind of relaxation we’re talking about in meditation. We want to increase awareness and become more present without external stimuli. We want the free flow of life energy moving through our body and mind.
For me personally, a deep meditation feels like having a straw directly to the life force itself. It’s so still and yet so powerful. I’m in my own silent bobble; whatever noise is around. And afterwards I’m filled with an energy harmonizing with all other energies around.
Start becoming aware of your thoughts
As I explain in “Life Change Now”, the free course we’re offering at the moment, awareness exercises are useful from the very first moment you try them. So that is an excellent way to start your meditation. You have changed something essential when you start observing what you are thinking rather than just thinking it. You are raising your awareness.
In meditation you need to let go of expectations of achieving. When you sit down to meditate, you create a space – I would call it a sacred space – where you can relax. It’s effortless. You just sit and observe your breathing, your heartbeat, or your thoughts without demanding anything else from yourself. Right then, you are not trying to accomplish anything. You just observe in a neutral light, without judging or striving for anything.
There are many different methods of getting into a meditative state. Some prefer to start off by observing each different body part and relaxing one body part at a time, going through the entire body. This is especially effective if you have a lot of tension in your body. Others like to use a silent mantra. A word or a phrase that’s repeated over and over again inside the mind, to maintain your mental focus. Thirdly, some find the method of hypnotherapy beneficial. This may for instance include a countdown from 10 to 1, slowly, while you’re breathing and relaxing.
Set aside 10 to 30 minutes a day, every day!
To find the best suitable meditation method for you, you must simply try. And here comes another bummer; you probably won’t notice any remarkable difference the first times you try. The key word for meditation is patience. Not expecting anything big to happen immediately. Just set aside 10 to 30 minutes a day for your daily routine to start the process of letting go. Letting go of tension and resistance towards the natural free flow of energy through you. So that you can connect to the immense healing power we’re all part of. The divine motion within. Whatever name or characteristic you want to give the life force itself, it’s here. Inside you. Always. Breathe and relax, and create an inner sacred space. It will, slowly but inevitably start changing your life.
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