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Meditation For The Average Folk

Updated on October 24, 2014

Just think about this rose for one whole minute.

See you can do that and all the sudden you are meditating. Congratulations!
See you can do that and all the sudden you are meditating. Congratulations! | Source

Meditation is not all weird stuff.

Normal people meditate. Meditation is good for atheists, Muslims, Christians and Buddhists and Native Americans and Shintos and Hindus. For all others you will have to decide for yourself after reading this article. Meditation is for everyone who thinks. Last we checked everyone thinks. So let us talk normal about meditation.

First things first. Now do you worry about anything? Yes of course you do. Hold on to that worry for a moment. Now worrying is just thinking about a possible negative. Okay that is easy to grasp. Now use that same power of worry and apply it to a positive. Hopefully that was not difficult. Because now you are spending that energy on something positive and using your mind to do it. The degrees or stages of meditation just come naturally as you practice.

So we sit there and worry about an interview. Well when we feel that worry we stop and think about a good feeling, place or thing. And then we concentrate on that just like we would with worrying. Beginning to meditate should be just that easy. Sure it takes some practice and sure it takes just a little discipline but the rewards are immediate, without changing one thing in the external world.

So if we start right here and right now we can function better right here and right now. Clearly worrying is a losing proposition. Someone once said something like: "Therefor I tell you not to worry about what you will eat or drink or your body and what clothes to wear. Isn't life more than all that". Well they were right and we should care just as much about how we feel and our mental health as we should clothes and food.

Can you do it.

Can you just think about that rose for a whole minute?

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I like to meditate on this video and music. It just kind of works for me to put me in a better place. Perhaps it is not deep meditation -- who cares, I am not b

Meditation is not a competition.

Can you even imagine two folks sitting around arguing over who can meditate better. Yes sometimes I think that some people do almost that when praying. They get the best place in church and they wear their fancy clothes and the kneel more and close their eyes tighter than the rest. And they repeat the words better than anyone else. Wait just a second! That fellow Jesus got made at some pharisees for doing just that. Hmm history repeats itself doesn't it.

Nope meditation is not like that. You try and you never beat yourself up or compare to others. When you get distracted you treat yourself to a gentle giggle and pull yourself right back to it. Just a nudge without judgment. Just "easy does it". I can breathe deeply and go into a meditative state for up to an hour all by myself. Thirty minutes later I am yelling at the traffic and cursing my client. If I beat myself up over it I would have to meditate all day long and become a hermit. Some of us are sicker than others and need more practice ;-)

But the point is that thinking hard about something pleasant is supposed to be just that -- pleasant. So treat yourself pleasantly and learn to enjoy your special time out there in la la land. Oh yes some people think that calling it la la land is a pejorative term. Well it may be meant as that but I just love the description of a place and space where we leave this world behind for a few minutes.

This looks like a great book, I think I will get it.

Love is a great place to go to.

Love is a feeling that is just great to seek and find your comfort zone in. Just close those eyes and think of how you do or once did love deeply.
Love is a feeling that is just great to seek and find your comfort zone in. Just close those eyes and think of how you do or once did love deeply. | Source

Running from reality.

Hey why not from time to time. But that is not really the goal now is it. The goal is how to deal with life on life's terms a little bit better. How to keep the focus on the good and the positive and not the negative. We must rush into turmoil and travesty on a daily basis if we are out there functioning as a normal person in this world. Some folks arrange their lives differently, sadly too often it is the result of something like cancer or a heart attack that gets us to change lifestyle. But in meditation we can continue to act in the normal chaos and just view it differently. We cannot change the world much but we can change ourselves and how we deal with it much.

If you meditate for an escape that may be a very good thing. I cannot judge that in you. But what we want to do is keep that escape front and center when we return. Keep the calm of the escape and bring it right on into the fray of life. Later on if you have just 30 seconds you can go back to that place and find your calm again. Go ahead and laugh, it works.

I like it first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I do not feel the need to escape during those times. But when I do need that escape it is nice to have it instilled and then I can just get there right away during my day.

Combining the meditation with a God of your understanding or nature or such things can be very powerful. And do not consider that an escape from reality. Consider it a better reality and one which you find that zone of comfort in. That is a nice and warm and wonderful place to be.

You do not need to lay your head here at night.

There really is more than one reality and one can be in your private special place.
There really is more than one reality and one can be in your private special place. | Source

So breathe deeply and remember.

This is not a test. The only winner is you. Meditation can be anything you want it to be or what you make it to be. My wife knows that I need it and calls it my medicatation. Somehow there is some truth in that.

A last note on this. The concept really works well for folks with addictive personalities and slight OCD. It just can break that chain reaction long enough to give some relief and sometimes that is all that is needed. And remember worry is really just an obsession with the negative. Meditation should be a conscious decision for the positive.

Here is a dose of an alternative reality -- legal stuff!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Be sure my friend not to let the seeming difficulty cause you negative feelings. If it is distractions look at them and realize they are part of you. And you are awesome!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful hub!

      Meditation was much easier for me earlier. Honestly there is lot of distraction now. But still I do meditate everyday, even if it is for a smaller duration. And it does make you feel better.

      Great thought provoking hub!

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you CrisSp, it is good to hear from you. We all can make a difference in the energy of the earth and the place to start is in meditation on the positive - you clearly are in tune with that.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Your hub reminded me of the book "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert, one of my favorite authors, which is very insightful and rich in divine experience. And yes, I very much agree with you that "meditation should be a conscious decision for the positive." --

      P.S. Reading this while listening to the soulful song of "Breathe Me" by Sia--

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for this wonderful comment. We have so many, not so good habits, we should develop at least this little habit.

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      The Stages Of ME 2 years ago

      Wonderful hub and great advice, we could all take some time to slow down a bit and focus. This is a means of finding a center and staying connected to faith and wellness. Nice Hub, especially the way you remind us all a little meditation is a benefit regardless of technique , religion and or cultural belief. We all need to take a time out and simply focus in a fast paced world.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That is how I float my rig John. The concentration on the physical helps a lot. I add in some strange breathing techniques and away I go. Thanks for coming by and leaving such a nice comment.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great advice Eric, we all need to take time out and redirect the energy from worry to something nicer. I have recently started doing yoga as part of an exercise routine and meditation is part of that.

      Have a great day/weekend.