To a mind that is still – The whole Universe surrenders – Lao Tsu
Since today is Sunday, and for some is dedicated to honoring their God, family, and themselves – I am not posting about Twin Flames today. Although I have learned to use mantras and meditation during my Twin Flame journey to calm my mind and expand my awareness, this is important for everyone – no matter what journey you are on in life.
We all have issues, and we always will. For some just the commute to work alone – or even work itself is enough to drive you insane. For others it may be financial woes, relationship challenges, or chronic health issues. No matter what your stressor, there are options much healthier than medicating yourself with drugs, alcohol, food, etc. I am sure you have heard about the health benefits of meditation before, and many of you may have even tried it. I had attempted to do so in the past, and couldn’t quiet the monkey chattering in my mind long enough to figure it out. It is OK – that is part of it for some of us. For others, just sitting completely still for more than 3 minutes will be the challenge. Trust me, if I can do it – You can do it.
Meditation is an approach to training the mind, similar to the way that fitness is an approach to training the body. But many meditation techniques exist. So how do you learn how to meditate?
It’s very challenging at first sit for hours and think of nothing or have an “empty mind.” The easiest way to begin meditating is by focusing on the breath – and is how I started. This is called concentration meditation – a technique that involves focusing on a single point. This could entail watching the breath, repeating a single word or mantra, staring at a candle flame, or listening to a repetitive gong. In this form of meditation, you simply refocus your awareness on the chosen object of attention each time you notice your mind wandering. Rather than pursuing random thoughts, you simply let them go. Through this process, your ability to relax and concentrate improves.
Here are a few tips that I used when learning how to meditate, followed by one of my favorite Tibetan Singing Bowls compilations. You can find hundreds on YouTube at your fingertips for free. I put my stereo headphones on, close my eyes, and off I go. Peace & Love – Enjoy!
Get comfortable. You don’t have to sit in a lotus position and break your knees to meditate properly! It is best if you can sit or partially lie down with your spine straight and your palms up. If you lie down all the way, you may fall asleep – so start by sitting in a comfortable position until you get the hang of it.
Focus on physical stillness first, then move on to focusing on the breath. Once you can actually sit still for 10-15 minutes minimum you can then start on the process of stilling the mind. Again, for some both will be a challenge, and for some it may be one or the other.
Establish and commit to a regular practice. We all waste 15 minutes a day doing many other activities – you owe it to yourself to take 15 minutes a day to honor your True Self. Tell the kids, the husband, the dog – NO INTERRUPTIONS. Trust me, it will be worth it.
Use meditation tools as needed. This may include candles, meditation music or gongs, incense, etc. You will develop your own personal taste so try different things as you learn what your style is and what your True Self needs.
Remember – THIS IS A REWARD. Don’t see it as another to do item on that long list you have. If you commit to practicing this on a regular basis, that to do list will suddenly seem less important in the big scheme of life.
Tibetan Singing Bowls