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How to Meditate - Simple Instructions for a Peaceful Mind
Meditation is not a mysterious art reserved only for serious, deep thinkers or Buddhist monks. Meditation is simply the gift of relaxation that anyone can give their busy, overworked mind. We all deserve a coffee break once in a while – and so does our brain.
Have you ever found yourself staring out a window and, minutes later, realize you were not focused on any one thing; that your eyes were disconnected and your mind was free-roaming? We call this daydreaming but it’s actually meditation in its simplest form.
Meditation refreshes the mind. Our brain controls our body - including our heart, our breath (diaphragm), our blood pressure, and our muscles. Meditation gives our body a break by relaxing all the parts of our body which can become habitually tense.
There Are Many Forms of Meditation
There are strict forms of meditation and very simple ones. This article will focus only on a simple, easy to learn method which might be enough for your needs or it could lead you to learn a more formal style. There is no wrong way to practise this method. Each thought picture created while using this process engages your mind in a pleasant task and thereby stops the mental spin-cycle. Every moment spent in relaxation is a moment your body was not stressed. Every time you engage in meditation, you will feel yourself slide easier and easier into relaxation.
It is important to find a comfortable chair. I urge you not to lie down as you may find yourself falling asleep. Sleep is also a most excellent indulgence but our intention here is to learn how to quiet our mind while awake - even during stressful situations.
Choose a time when you will not be disturbed by the phone, by family, or by someone knocking on the door. Sit in a comfortable chair with your feet flat on the floor. If the room is cool, make sure you are covered by a blanket. Begin by grounding. When I first began to meditate I did not know how to ground. I was deeply relaxed and totally defenceless when a sonic boom occurred over our house. I can’t begin to tell you how much I was startled! I was jolted so badly that it took days for me to come down off the ceiling! Now, I’m not saying you will suffer through a sonic boom if you don’t ground but when you are totally relaxed, any noise can jolt you. I have written an article on grounding and it can be found at: How To Ground - Aligning Yourself With Earth Energy.
- How to Ground – Aligning Yourself With Earth Energ...
In holistic, psychic and mediumship training, one of the very first things we learn is to Ground.
Do You Meditate On a Daily Basis?
We will begin at a path. This path will be of your own choosing. It may be made of cement or summer grass, winter snow or mountain trail. You choose. It is your path, it is your journey.
As you slowly walk your path, notice the scenery around you. Are there village houses or forest trees, ocean vistas or flowered meadow?
Is there a night sky or is the sun shining? Is there birdsong or the bustle of commerce?
No path is wrong. As you slowly walk, free your imagination.
Soon you will find that you have come to the most perfect place. Somehow it is hidden from the rest of the world and only you have found it. You enter into this secret, sacred space with a feeling of coming home. This is where you long to be, this is your place – and only yours.
Notice your surroundings. Everything is here for your comfort, for the comfort of your body, for the comfort of your senses, for the comfort of your soul. You may even find a perfect place to sit, or to lie down and just let the peace envelope you.
You are safe here.
You are free here.
Relax, observe, and let yourself be refreshed. Let the sounds lull you and comfort you.
Take as much time as you can in this peaceful sanctuary. When you feel you are fully relaxed it will be time to begin your journey back. You must leave this place for a time but you know in your heart this sanctuary will always be here for you and that you may return at any time.
You will remember your path with clarity. This will always be a secret, sacred place meant only for you. Take a last long look around. Commit to memory all the cherished things you have seen and all the peaceful feeling you have felt. When you are ready, begin to follow your path back.
Notice, as you retrace your path, how light your step has become and how refreshed you feel in body, in mind, and in spirit.
Look once more at the sights that surround you as you walk forward into this time and this place. Notice how familiar the path has become.
As you turn toward the present, as you step into this time and this place, take a long deep breath in and slowly let it out. Repeat twice more and when you are ready, open your eyes.
You have now completed a basic, visualization meditation. I hope you enjoyed your journey and that you return often.