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Making Meditation Easy for Spiritual Healing and Growth

Updated on November 23, 2014

Be Easy With it

The best meditations for healing and growth should be easy, right? Meditating should relax, not tax.

Meditation is the other thing birds and bees do too. It ought to be just as natural for us as for them. No classes or frustrating rules needed. Meditations that help you grow and flow are supposed to be easy.

I foolishly took it for granted that everyone knew how to meditate and was surprised to read in a poll that a large number of people wanted to try meditating but didn't know how.

Since meditation is natural, no harder than walking on two feet, it's easy for anyone to start a daily routine. Right now.

Ready, Freddie?

Sammy in a Mellow Mood

Cats zone out into meditation whenever they want. It seems to help them relax.
Cats zone out into meditation whenever they want. It seems to help them relax. | Source

It's Natural?

Birds do it, bees do it, and so do cats.

Meditation is a natural state achieved when you slow down or, with some practice, shut off the chatter streaming through your consciousness.

When you stop the noise, meditation happens.

Take a look at your cat when he or she is sitting quietly, not distracted by nearby activities.

(If you don't share your living space with a cat, shame on you, but borrow your neighbor's or use your imagination for now.)

The cat is in that mellow connected state of pure spiritual pleasure that you can achieve too. Meditation comes easily to animals because their natural tendency is to stay in the physical moment, the now, not tied up in plans, memories or concerns.

It's meditation, and it's simple.

No guru required.

Is Meditation Simple?

It's just as hard as falling off a log.

You can make it difficult and challenging, if that's your bag.

There are books and teachers and gurus aplenty who will teach, coach and encourage you to do it "the right way," which of course is their way, often requiring instruction and tutoring you're expected to pay for.

Here's a cool fact: there is no wrong way to meditate.

You can do it standing on your head or on a street corner. The important thing is, deep breathe. Let your mind be still.

Some Simple Meditation Guidance for Starting Out

Setting the platform for growth, healing and joy.

The essentials:

  • Pick a comfortable location where you won't be interrupted for at least fifteen minutes.
  • Before starting, for maximum ease, try to mellow out a little. Think about flowers, your grandchildren, your mother's smile, or that great music that always lifts your heart, anything like that.
  • Now, take a seat. Breathe deeply and listen as the air flows in and out.

Tough, huh?

What I've described above is what I've always considered the hardest part of meditation - getting your mind set to let go.

The better you get at it, the fuller and richer the bliss you'll get.

Getting Some Advice

Eventually, maybe right away, you'll want to refine what you're doing in meditation to extend the healing, growth and bliss as far as your spirit can take you.

Below are some books I've found helpful.

Peaceful Sleep, a Meditation Bonus

Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy
Meditation in a New York Minute: Super Calm for the Super Busy

Here's the book that made it easy for me to find a way to meditate, no matter what the demands were around me. As an account executive in New York City, selling technology, the demands were beyond anything I ever imagined.I began meditating routinely, thanks to this book.

 

Nature Is a Constant Meditation

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Getting Into It - Meditating for Spiritual Healing and Growth

Now that you are prepared and in a comfortable position and mood, close your eyes and begin to focus on your breathing.

By focus, I mean pay attention as the air comes deeply and slowly into your body, then goes out again. You can repeat a word or sound, if you like, to help you concentrate, but it isn't necessary.

Let your breath be comfortably deep and slow.

Two things you may notice immediately.

  • The chatter in your mind wants to continue. It's an habitual thing. Don't take it too seriously. Just shrug it off gently and return to your breathing. It gets easier.
  • The second thing you may notice is that, as you ease into deeper relaxation, you aren't as comfortable as you thought you were. You may find yourself stretching out a little more, backing off some muscle tension you didn't realize was there. Your bones might even seem to soften and extend.

Maybe not the first time and maybe even not for a while, but you will eventually feel yourself letting go.

Your feet will get numb, then the rest of your body. Your mind will soar in a way you haven't experienced in the past.

In the beginning of my meditation habit, I often found myself flying, very enjoyably, and I have visions of scenes and people I'd never previously known.

Don't let extraordinary insights hold you back. There are no risks. The worst that can happen is you learn some new things about yourself.

Enjoy.

The important thing is that you keep up a daily practice. You only need fifteen minutes, after all. You can go longer, if you like, but after a half-hour, the power diminishes.

If you can do it at about the same time every day, even better. Your mind will just get accustomed and will even begin to anticipate the sweet daily self-indulgence.

Wrapping Up

The road to bliss

As you return to your awake state after meditation, you'll likely have a sense of rising to the surface from a deeper background. That impression will increase with time and repetition.

My suggestion is that you allow yourself to rise up slowly. Don't just bang back into the usual reality.

I am not going to say anything about what that deeper background is or how it relates to or differs from the place we go to in sleep.

No sense letting personal beliefs interfere with the joys of meditation. It should enhance everything and restrict nothing.

The gains you get in both spiritual healing and spiritual growth from a meditation practice are many and rewarding. The effects permeate throughout your life. The possibilities are as many as are the complexities of being human.

It really is that simple and easy and that rewarding. Promise!

The Source - Meditations of the World's Happiest Man

These ideas were originally conceived for my book.

A Million Different Things: Meditations of The World's Happiest Man
A Million Different Things: Meditations of The World's Happiest Man

I realized that, if I was the world's luckiest man, which I was, I must be the happiest too. Inside are reflections on appreciation.

 

© 2014 David Stone

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      David Stone 2 years ago from New York City

      Thank you, Graceread. I've heard about the Course in Miracles many times, but I've never dug in much. Spirituality interests me, though, and I expect to do more with it.

      Yeah, wasn't Wayne Dyer's book a big disappointment, especially after he turned the corner with abstinence and his marriage fell apart? A real loss.

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      Graceread 2 years ago

      Hi David, I was reading through all your posts and really enjoyed your thorough thoughts on Abraham Hicks. I was not sure where to post this as I read so many of your posts. I was wondering if you could write an article on The Course in Miracles books and Ken Wapnick. You said you read Wayne Dyer newest book and I feel much the same as you do about our spiritual writers. I also have been watching them for years. I would love to hear thoughts on ACIM. Thanks.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Susie, I used to sit back and hope I wasn't being too obvious and that I wouldn't start laughing out loud.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      We must have the yin and the yang to find balance. How wonderful, those meetings with "exercises in control" helped you to be free during them. A lark, for sure!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Exactly my point, Susie. Once you recognize that sweet spot of happiness, it's pretty easy to get there. One of my favorite memories is from the years I spent selling technology. We'd have these meetings I always thought were boring management exercises in control. I'd just sit there and bliss out. What a lark! I started to look forward to the stupid meetings. They were sweet breaks in the day.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      I reached a spiritual state of bliss by just reading through and remembering to breathe right. With my eyes wide open, I am relaxed and at peace. That is what happens when we learn to meditate, its as easy as breathing. Or, like a fish swimming in water. Om!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @SteveKaye: You are welcome, Steve. Nice to see you visited.

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @smine27: Let it be easy, Sinichi. Stop trying and just go with it. Admittedly, it's not as easy as that sounds, but people who have problems are usually trying too hard.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      @Heather426: Lucky, Heather. I've never had a full OBE. That must be pretty thrilling.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Thank you for this advice. After all these years I still have a hard time meditating.

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      Heather Burns 3 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      The first time I tried meditation I left my body, floated above it looking down on myself. Many years later I still remember that sensation. Still meditate regularly.

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I enjoyed reading your description of meditation. Thank you for sharing it.