Developing a meditation practice is one of the most amazing things I have ever done for my self and the best tool on my spiritual path! I feel inspired to share mt experience of meditation with you because it has given me so much insight into myself and transformed my way of thinking and being! If you don’t already practice meditation why not start today?!!
So what is meditation?
Meditation is an approach to training your mind, it simply means awareness, awareness of the present moment. The practice of meditation is a simple but life-transforming skill that can help you reach your full potential. The process involves focusing your mind on an a particular object, slowing down your thoughts and coming completely into the present moment.
At the beginning I found it so frustrating as I thought that meditation meant to shut off the mind, but every time I tried, more thoughts would invade my mind, I couldn’t seem to get it to be quiet and I would get frustrated and could rarely sit for more than 5 minutes!
Until I learned that art of meditation. Instead of fighting with my thoughts, I would take a back seat and just become the observer. Whatever comes just allow it to come and watch, just observe without passing any judgement. As the thoughts slowed down I would try to see the space between each thought, slowly these spaces began to get bigger and bigger. It’s in this space that meditation happens, awareness comes and we access a higher level of consciousness. The more I practiced, the easier it became to enter this state of meditation, but the real beauty of the practice is on the journey, in each session I learn so much!
Here are some of the amazing benefits that can be felt through the experience of meditation:
- Gives you a deeper understanding of how your mind works helping you to understand yourself better.
- Uncovers unconscious thought patterns that may be holding you back and provides with a deep insight to overcome these thought patterns.
- Releases stored emotions and enables you to have a safe space to process emotions.
- Improves your focus and concentration in your daily life.
- You gain mental clarity that helps you to easily navigate your way through any problems that may arise in your life.
- Promotes an environment where your body can function at an optimal level.
- Balances your energy and increases the flow of prana, giving you more vitality and passion to pursue your dreams and goals.
How to practice:
One of the easiest ways to begin mediation is by focusing on your breath or concentration on a single point. 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 concentrate improves. Since focusing the mind is challenging, a beginner might meditate for only a few minutes and then work up to longer durations.
Þ Find a nice quiet place where you wont be disturbed, you can listen to some gentle music or light some candles and incense to create a relaxing atmosphere.
Þ Sit or lie in a comfortable position. You may want to use a meditation chair or cushion to help maintain a straight spine.
Þ Close your eyes.
Þ Make no effort to control the breath; simply breathe naturally.
Þ Focus your attention on your third eye (the space between your eyebrows) This is the centre of awareness and intuition. Keep your focus on that point, if your mind begins to wander, simply be aware and refocus on the point of your third eye.
Þ Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods of time.
Daily, continuous practice is best to reap all the benefits.
It may be helpful to keep a journal and write things down after your meditation.
I wish you a beautiful practice,
Lots of Love xx