Meditation is a absolute boon to our health and wellbeing.
Meditation benefits for health are now widely documented and making huge differences in many peopes lives .Whether it be meditation for anxiety related issues ,Or using a guided meditation for deep sleep,Or practising mind-fullness techniques for anxiety related issues,Or simply taking the time to slow down and connect to our inner selves…
We can all benefit from some type of meditation practise
The Key is to JUST START
Thats it! Just start !…Take action and make space in your life for meditation!
Meditation is like anything else . It begins with an intention on which we take action.
That action can be as simple as :-
- Deciding a day and time to begin and sticking to starting.
- Claiming a sacred quiet space in which to meditate- this is important because if you have a dedicated time and space in which to meditate, you set up a Pavlov’s response ( Like Pavlov’s dog) and it makes it much easier to settle into meditation.
- Gathering any object you would like in your sacred space- perhaps a candle and /or incense- perhaps a crystal or some trinket or photo you really like that makes you feel good or peaceful and happy. A comfy cushion or a few cushions or duvet. Or a comfortable chair that you like to sit on. This sets up your meditation ” home”. And becomes your safe and comfortable place to just “be”
- You make like to set an alarm to wake you up 1/2 an hour earlier than everybody else …You are essentially getting up to deeply relax, so do not worry about feeling you are missing out on sleep ,as meditation is as if not more beneficial than sleep. In fact meditation will help your quality of sleep overall and will actually add to restoring your energy more than just sleep, does.
- Set up a timer- grab your phone and go to the “Clock “settings and set your timer for 10- 15 minutes for a start
Meditation Is a Muscle
Meditation is a muscle
Meditating 10 minutes a day is infinitely better than meditating for and hour once a week . It is the daily practise that has the most benefits.
The more you meditate the easier it becomes to be able to settle your mind and go within
A regular time and space really does set up the Pavlov’s response.
And after a while it will become automatic and our of place if you do not meditate Do not worry if for some reason you miss a day- just resume without fuss.
Remember, this is YOUR time YOUR space to just be , go within and connect to your inner self and heart centre.
Your head and heart have completely different intelligence systems.
It has been scientifically proven that the heart has an intelligence all of its own but most of the time we are in our heads and cannot access the heart intelligence.
Your heart has YOUR best interest at heart (pardon the pun)
We are so conditioned by our family life and our society, authority and rules, that a lot of the time our choices are ruled by what we think we should do.
The heart has it’s own nervous system, which actually sends more information to the brain, than the brain sends to the heart!
And by connecting to our heart intelligence, we discover what is right for ourselves- and not anybody else.
Sometimes this is an amazing discovery and sometimes it can be really uncomfortable as we begin to follow what is true and right for ourselves and not anybody else.
Early childhood conditioning can be a difficult things to break free from because it has been the way in which we were able to feel belongingness and survive .Both if which we are hard wired to do.
Heart Intelligence is a higher level of awareness that arises when you are able to integrate your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual intelligence.
And ultimately enables us to become who we truly are and live our lives on… and in purpose ,which we are ultimately also hard wired to do.
Anything less than living our lives on purpose evokes feelings of dissatisfaction, frustration, emptiness, bitterness and disappointment,
So, developing your meditation muscle is a very worthwhile thing to do!
Find What works for You
There are myriad way to meditate and connect to our inner selves
The most important part is to just begin.
- Most people ( myself included ) recommend, that you sit with a straight spine to meditate
- You can lie down if you wish but you may fall asleep . And meditaion and sleep produce completely different brain waves and awareness’s . Sitting up tells your body you are here to meditate, not sleep.
- Hydrate – Drink some water . This is REALLY important as your whole energy system, including your auric field, is driven by electrolytes that must have water to conduct the energy ( much like a car battery)
- Light your candle and /or incense
- Set your timer for 10- 15 minutes
- Get comfortable. settle into a comfortable place on your chair or cushion(s)
- Put your hands in a comfortable position in your lap .. You may want to form your fingers into a particular mudra but this is not necessary .the most important thing is to feel comfortable and not forced.
- Close your eyes gently and bow you head gently forward.
- Take in 3 deep breaths through your nose and release them all the way out through your mouth- you may even want to sigh as you release your breath.
- Continue to breath, deepening your breath as you breath in and lengthening your breath, as you breath out.
- Focus on our breath
- Breath into your heart centre
- Sit focusing on your breath until your timer goes off.
- Practise this daily
This is in essence, pure meditation.
A lot of things are called meditation such as mind-fullness, visualisation, guided meditation, guided mindful- ness but they are all quite different things
Meditation is restful, whilst visualisation is active.
To truly connect to our hearts and to our inner selves, we need to learn to meditate and to quiet the mind.
Meditation calms the nervous system in a way that gives the body rest, which is even deeper than sleep. This rest helps the body heal itself from many things, including physical ailments, but most commonly from stress and tension.
Meditation is above the conscious mind, whereas visualisation, requires you to be attentive and active.
Mindfulness is the awareness that arises when we non-judgmentally pay attention in the present moment. That’s what it means when people say to “stay present”. We are simply observing something without judgement.
All these practises have great benefits to our health and wellbeing ( stayed tuned for upcoming posts on the benefits of mind-fullness and visualisation)
The objective of meditation is to quiet the mind.
An easy thing to say and quite often a hard thing to do
The key is to keep practising!
It may take the whole 10 -5 minutes for a start to quiet your mind.
Keep coming back to the observation and awareness of your breath
Keep connecting to how your heart space feels ( it is quite a different feeling than your head..familiarise yourself with that feeling.
Even just few moments of thought-less-ness and the quietening of your mind have enormous benefits.
The fact that you have made time and sacred space for yourself is an achievement and triumph in itself
It will get easier!
Most importantly enjoy this space and time and know that it has enormous benefits to your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellbeing!
As a health practitioner of 35 years ( and counting) I have witnessed that people who adopt a regular meditation practise are the ones that heal the fastest,
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