Do you want to start a meditation practice? I often contemplate about why so many people find so many excuses not to begin the meditation practice they have been thinking or talking about for quite some time.
I’ve heard quite a few comments when the subject comes up.
I’m too fidgety…
I’ll get bored…
My back will start hurting…
I don’t have time…
I don’t think it is important for me…
I’m not sure it’s part of my religion…
Truthfully, beginning a meditation practice is one of the easiest things you can do that will improve your life. If you think about it, there are not many valid excuses to prevent it.
It doesn’t require any equipment – you can do it at home – it only takes a few minutes – it’s not complicated.
A successful meditation practice is a discipline. That may be the most daunting part for most people. But when you think about it.
Taking a bath is a discipline.
Eating breakfast is a discipline.
Going to work is a discipline.
Picking up your children at school is a discipline.
Cleaning up the house is a discipline.
There are many things that we must do daily – there are many things that we don’t think twice about – we just naturally engage in the routines in our lives and the things we must do.
Can you take a few minutes today and think about just giving it a try? Let’s look at the three “C’s” of...
We often hear the phrase, “it’s not for everyone.” Maybe travel is not for everyone or raw food, or perhaps skydiving is not for everyone. Indeed, most things are not for everyone. Meditation is the exception to the rule. Meditation is for everyone. However, how a person chooses to meditate can vary and be custom tailored for each unique personality.
For those who have difficulty with “brain chatter,” you may benefit from something to focus on, such as guided or candle flame meditations.
With guided meditation, you can put on some headphones and just lay back with the sound of nature or music to assist in turning down your mind. You can choose imagery visualization or perhaps a meditation which will guide you through a chakra clearing, sound healing, or a list of affirmations. The choices are endless.
Candle Flame Meditation
Fire is hypnotic. A candle flame meditation is a simple way to focus on something and clear your mind. You can blur your focus a little and stare into the flame. It works best in a dimly lit room during the evening hours. Don’t worry if your thoughts keep rolling around in your head. Just breathe and focus on the flame for as long as you feel comfortable.
“Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where they are from and where they are going.” – Rita Mae Brown
Our soul knows where we are from and where we are going. Therefore, utilizing tools that open the pathway to our soul – our inner voice - is akin to acquiring a road map to awaken our higher consciousness. When we get to a certain time in our lives – we can look back and see our twists and turns and begin to understand the lessons that we were given for our time on earth. As we learn and grow and age our soul begins to tug on us a little harder. We start to feel an urge to connect more fully with our calling and understand more completely our purpose.
The most effective way to achieve this communication is through a meditation practice. And one of the most effective “add-ons” to our meditation practice is chanting mantras.
How does chanting mantras open the pathway to the soul’s voice?
Chanting mantras is a visceral experience which may act as a bridge to bring us closer to our soul. Additionally, the experience enables us to eliminate or push aside lower vibratory thoughts. The trifecta benefit and beauty of chanting mantras is in the meaning, the focus and the vibration.
Mantras are translated from ancient Vedic texts and all translate. Sometimes we see different translations due to different interpretations. It’s good to try out a few various mantras when you first begin your meditation...
The ultimate power of purpose is fulfilled when we fuse our mind-body-soul to create a powerhouse personality. Once the three elements of our being melds together everything else in our lives also starts to fall into place. Achieving this higher state takes a commitment and intention to a few daily practices that also offer the bonus of relieving stress and achieving mental clarity.
Two of the most effective ways of fusing your body with your mind and soul are through activating and connecting with your chi and learning and utilizing breathing techniques.
CHI: One of my favorite things to do is play with chi. Chi is our body’s personal energy force, and unlike many aspects of metaphysical learning, chi is a completely tangible concept. It was only about 15 years ago when I first felt the energy field through a simple exercise, and the experience completely opened me up energetically.
The exercise is to clap the palms together ten times and rub the hands together until they feel warm. Close your eyes and move your palms towards each other until you feel the energy. My daughter told me, “Mom, it feels like a squishy ball. She was exactly right.” Practice this exercise until the size of the energy field expands. Other practices to expand your energy are Qi Gong and Tai Chi which I will address in later blog posts.
BREATHING: Pranayama otherwise known as yogic breathing is another way to power up your body. We all know that breathing is our...
Isn’t day-to-day life sometimes just so overwhelming? As one who is devoted to learning, I love the fingertip knowledge technology of today. But sometimes, it’s just too much. My childhood was pre-technology – that time that many of us nostalgically love to remember.
We often wish today’s youth could have a peek at this simpler time.
But we are past that, and we can’t nor should go back.
However, in this age of information, we must do something to calm the overwhelm. Therefore, a meditation practice is more important than ever before. We must intentionally cultivate the mind-body-soul connection if we want to reach our highest potential. Going back 30-40 years there were times that just everyday life in itself was meditative.
Long walks without streaming music…
Sitting on a park bench without a phone or tablet…
Lounging by the beach with no devices…
We don’t have that now. Most of us are connected to some device 24/7 or at least it is within an arm’s reach most of the time. So, our action step to diffusing this is to start a meditation practice.
Don’t panic. Silence is not deadly. However, it is often a typical reaction to drown out silence through either constant music or television or even the annoying “chattering mind” called “monkey brain” by Buddhists monks.
No matter what happens when we are in a sitting meditation, it is at the very least a few minutes of downtime so...
How to Cultivate the Mind-Body-Soul Connection
One of the keys to optimal health is to cultivate balance in the mind, the body, and the soul. These three are symbiotic in nature and each must thrive individually so that our whole being is nurtured.
You know if you get bad news, you feel it in your gut or if you get sick, you can’t think straight. And if your mind and body are not functioning, it is nearly impossible to connect with your soul. Ideally, we utilize tools that help to balance and blend these three aspects of our being and deliver us to our most fulfilled self.
Tips for Nurturing Your Mind
Read – Our mind needs to stay engaged. We must read something longer than a Twitter post. Read all genres of fiction and non-fiction on anything that piques your interest. Choose books which challenge you and opt for a classic now and then.
Learn – Lifelong learning is the best way to avoid stagnation. Never lose your curiosity or desire to try new things. Everything can become a learning experience. Try new foods – listen to different music – strike up conversations with new people. Keep sparking those neurons daily.
Travel – Travel, particularly to completely different cultures opens the mind to more things than almost any other activity. Cultural travel engages all your senses. The sights, the smells, the tastes, and the sounds of exotic locales will bring your mind, your body, and your soul alive.
Tips for Nurturing Your...