- Alternative & Natural Medicine
How To Relax and Solve Problems through Meditation
Breathe, relax, clear your mind." These are all words which we associate with a general overview of meditation or more frankly meditation 101 terminologies. When considering alternative ways to meditate one should ultimately ponder the purpose of meditating. Are you meditating to relax? To undo stress? To discover a solution to a problem?
Did you know your body is comprised of energy? Both negative and positive energy’s can be proven and reflected. When you feel tired, drained or stressed your body’s natural energy field and aura are diminished. Reversely when you are happy and feeling positive your field is magnified. Have you ever seen someone walk in a room and immediately all attention is drawn to that person? They have a large energy field.
Meditating is not only a method for clearing your mind or relaxing; it is also a method of translating negative energy to positive or rebuilding a drained system. Think of it as you would your car. Would you let the old oil in your car continue to build up and never restock it? Your body is similar in its need for new and cleared energy. Meditation provides the format where you can refuel and draw on the natural universal energy which scientifically exists around us.
Here are a couple alternative meditations to use for specific physical and mental relaxation and stimulus.
Meditation to Relax:
Find a quiet spot. This can be outdoors, in a special area, garden or inside in a secluded room. Lie down with your palms facing upward (to receive). You can choose to put on relaxing sounds or music if you choose and only you know what will ultimately relax you.
Begin taking slow deep breaths. First try inhaling and counting to slowly to 10; then hold the breath for 5, then release the breath out slowly for another count of 10. Repeat this several times allowing your thoughts to drift away. Repeat in your mind, “All that is important is this moment and my breath.”
Once you have a steady breathing begin focusing on the physical. Begin at your head releasing tension and thoughts. Imagine a warm gold liquid seeping down from the top of your head. As it moves through your body focus on releasing tension in each of the areas all the way down through your legs, feet and toes. Visualize the gold liquid flowing into the floor and down into the earth below you. This “gold” energy is also known as earth energy. It is existent in nature and all around us. It is a gentle energy with a basal vibration which we all pull from without even knowing it. Earth energy is as natural to us as breathing and most people find this the simplest form to focus on. By giving it a color or visualization we allow our minds to manifest the desired outcome of the meditation.
Meditation to Solve Problems, Be Inspired or Find Answers: (GUIDED MEDITATION)
Find a quiet spot where you know you can dedicate time. This is a longer meditation and not one you want interrupted. You may lie down, sit whichever you prefer. The important thing is to be relaxed and feel connected to the energy around you. You may want to clear a room (energetically speaking) first in order to have a blank slate without other things affecting you. Begin breathing and relaxing.
Try working on the meditation above first to cleanse and relax. Once you have brought your body’s natural vibration down begin to focus on your senses. First begin with what you smell in the room around you. Is it musty? Does it smell like aftershave? Just focus on the smell but try to keep your mind from wandering to what the smell means.
Next focus on touch. Do you feel your feet against the floor? Is it cold, damp, warm or do you have fuzzy socks on? Focus on this sensation for a period allowing yourself to simply experience touch.
Now, begin to hear. What sounds are around you? Do you hear birds outside singing? Do you hear the humming of appliances or water dripping? Tune into all the sounds around you.
Taste. Do you have a taste in your mouth? Did you recently eat a strawberry and it is lingering? Is there a taste to the air?
Once you have tuned into your four senses; we will begin the guided meditation with sight. You will be using your inner eye.
Begin imagining you are walking down a path. It can be any path you create. A dirt path, a country road, a road or even a path in the clouds; this is your creativity and there is not an incorrect answer. Just go with whatever pops into your mind first.
Once on the path you begin to see things around you…trees or stars or animals. Make a mental note of what you see while you are walking on the path.
After awhile imagine coming to a clearing. You are now looking at a bench and on the bench is a child. Walk up to the child and sit down. What does the child look like? What is the child’s expression? Is he/she sad, happy, somber, silly, serious? Ask the child a question. Any question and it is not relevant to your current situation but just ask the child something simple or whatever pops into your mind. Make a mental note of the answer. Stand up and say goodbye to the child. Give him/her a hug or whatever comes natural.
Continue walking down the path you were on. What time of day is it now? Is it morning? Is it sunny or grey? As you are walking you again come to a clearing and before you is a house. What does the house look like? This is your house. Go inside. Take a look around.
Before you is a room with bookshelves. On the shelf is a book. Open the book. There is only one sentence written on the page. What does it say? Imagine what the sentence reads in this book.
Continue exploring this house. Check out each room. What colors are the rooms? What objects have you placed there? Make mental notes of all the things which you remember about your house.
Now, in one of the rooms in your house is a door. If you open the door it leads down a set of stairs. Begin walking down the stairs and you will enter another room. What does this room look like? Is it quiet or dark? Bright?
In front of you is a chest. Now, walk over to the chest and open the lid. Inside the chest is a gift for you. Take out the gift and look at it closely. Does it have colors? Is it something familiar or new? Close the chest and begin walking back upstairs and out of the house.
Head back down the path to the clearing. Wave goodbye to the child on the bench. As you leave the place where you were slowly begin focusing on your senses in your present room. Focus on your breathing. Slowly begin to come out of the meditation and open your eyes only when you are ready.
I suggest having a pen and journal handy to write down some of the things you noticed. Write down everything you remember about the journey. What did the child say? Who was the child? More often than not this child is your inner child speaking to you. What was your house like? Was it cluttered? Was it empty? Did it need cleaning?
The house is symbolic of your subconscious self. Analyze the meanings in each room of your house. Was one more emotional? Why? Did something you remember from childhood show up on a shelf? What happened that you remembered it? What did the page on the book say?
This is your book of life. The one you are going to write. Each time you do this meditation you can turn the page and see a new sentence on the page. Books signify knowledge and wisdom. What is your subconscious trying to convey to you?
Finally, what was in the chest? This was your gift to yourself. Was it something you needed? If you are not sure what it means you can do a little research on symbolism and the meanings of things. Everything in your meditation can be related to symbolism and may have a very strong and significant meaning.
Finally, the most important aspect to remember about meditating is it can happen all the time. You don’t always have to sit and breathe in order to meditate. We naturally meditate. When we shower in the morning; we close our eyes and enjoy the warmth and refreshing water as it cleanses our bodies. Perhaps you meditate when you are mowing the lawn or driving. These are times when we allow our minds to drift and float. It is important to understand the reasons for meditation are to become more aware of who we are and how to manifest what it is we seek in this life.