Well… hello =) Sorry it’s been a minute since our last post… I won’t make any excuses. Just know that we are officially back at it 😉
so, without any further delay
This is MEDITATION TIPS – a post that could potentially save your life…
I started becoming aware of my spiritual awakening a little over a year ago. It wasn’t something I asked for (or was it? Law of Attraction, baby). It just sort of began. It was at a time when I was especially vulnerable and unsure of the world or my place in it. I had just gone through some HUGE changes. One of them being, not having to work anymore. I had the luxury of getting paid to attend school. I quit my job. I attended classes twice a week. I participated in a couple of online classes. I traveled a little. Worked out, daily. Had a few “flings.” Wrote some. Partied some. And read, a lot. It was nice… Until it wasn’t. I soon realized I was on a dangerous path. I craved continuous mental and/or physical stimulation. I needed to be engaged in something from the time I woke up, until the time I was able to fall asleep just to feel fulfilled. And even though I felt like I was getting a lot accomplished, in reality I was neglecting my healing process by replacing it with constant distractions. I wasn’t taking the time to really listen to myself or my needs. My addiction to stimulation began to drain me. I had to do something. So, I developed a routine. I made it a habit to roll out of bed, sit in my closest, clear my head, and meditate for 15 to 20 minutes. Every single morning.
At first, it was hard. The thoughts would not stop flowing! There were times when I left my meditation more frustrated than when I started. But, I continued. Because, there were more days where meditating actually benefited me. I felt grounded. My thoughts were clearer. I felt in control of my emotions, or at least, my reactions. And above all, I felt an unreal amount of unconditional love for myself and the people around me. Ultimately, it saved my life. Developing this one habit literally turned my world around.
Now, it’s not my job to convince you. Meditation works for me. It may or may not work for you. However, without a doubt, I believe it is worth trying. So here are some suggestions if you aren’t sure how or where to start:
- Release all expectations – whatever anyone told you (including me) about how meditation is supposed to be or feel like, forget it. This is your own experience and there are no right or wrong ways to experience it.
- Be consistent – give yourself at least two weeks before you decide it doesn’t work for you. And allow yourself to gradually get into it. You don’t have to jump to 20 minutes. 5 minutes a day for a while is perfectly fine.
- If it feels forced, STOP – listen to yourself. Go for a run instead, or journal. Yoga is also a form of meditation. Meditating is not meant to be frustrating. It’s meant to be liberating.
- Get a stone – go to your nearest metaphysical shop and pick up a stone to hold in your hand while you meditate. Different ones help with different things, like self-love, courage, protection, grounding, etc. If you would like a suggestion, Tasha and I would be happy to help.
- Don’t judge your thoughts – it is what it is, and there is a reason it is coming up. If it’s really bothering you, write them out before you begin and if they become a distraction, imagine letting them flow down a river, then bring yourself back to the present moment.
- Start out focusing on your breath – take deep breaths into your lungs and in your belly, and release slowly. Visualize prana going in and out.
- Have a mantra – if you are having a hard time getting your thoughts to stop racing, find a mantra like: “I deserve love,” “I am a positive light in the world,” “I attract positive people and situations.” Or you can google whatever fits. Say this in your head over and over.
- Don’t rush it – allow yourself to go into it naturally and to come out of it naturally. Take your time. This is an intimate moment you owe to yourself.
- Listen to binaural beats – these are amazing! I plan on writing a separate post about them. But until then, YouTube ‘binaural beats for meditation’ get some headphones and just relax… you are welcome ; )
Above all, see my first suggestion. Remember every experience is different and unique for each individual. The main idea is to let it all go. And to realize that whatever experience you do have, is absolutely perfect for you in that moment.
With that being said, I won’t hold you up any longer… good luck meditating friend. And remember, we’re always here if you have any questions.
Peace and Love,