I’m a meditation addict…I don’t even know if that’s a thing… but I do know I could lay here all day meditating on the things I want to bring into my life, asking questions of my higher self, and learning about being one with my spirit instead of one with my physical body.
And do you know what, by taking the time to meditate I feel so much more at peace inside of myself, I handle conflicts better, my confidence has grown, I feel the beauty of my soul within, the harsh judgment of others has subsided, my mind feels refreshed, and my dreams feel possible.
All because I took 20 minutes out of my day to reconnect. (As a mom, I would not survive my toddler without meditation.)
Now your wondering, well how do I start. Where do I begin? Isn’t meditation for monks?
Absolutely NOT!! Meditation is for everyone!
First off there are 5 Main Types of Meditation
The goal here is to relax and calm the mind. Many of us are familiar with the shifting of thoughts and not being able to focus on one thing at a time. In this meditation, we seek to quiet our thoughts. Take about 15-30 minutes, when thoughts come to your mind try to dismiss them. You can use a word or sound of water or even your breath to focus your attention on. If thoughts keep returning try to ponder why? Why are they important? How does it affect me? How can I deal with them?
By using vipassana you simply observe your breath to anchor your thoughts. You can use a breaths et of (1,2,3, etc.) then exhale and count inhale. Repeat
Have you ever felt in the “zone” while playing a sport, an instrument, or possibly experienced a runner’s high? All of these things are examples of active meditation to some degree. It can simply be going for a walk, Practicing yoga, dancing or any other activity. The key is to clear your mind and use the movement of your body to clear your mind. By simply focusing on the movement of your body, dismiss thoughts that cause your mind to wonder and refocus on your body into moving through the exercise.
This involves repeating a word or phrase, which anchors your mind. When you repeat the word or saying over and over again, the vibrations of the word act as an anchor allowing for you to clear your mind and for spiritual progression to take place. What you use is completely up to you and what you’re comfortable with.
It is designed to explore and focus on one’s thoughts or feelings. Before starting you must have a very clear and calm mind. Starting with a mindfulness meditation first may be beneficial. First by picking a topic such as “love” “anger” “peace” etc. Allow your mind to open up focusing on that word, let it flow where ever it may take you, don’t try to control it. Just let the thoughts run by, without judgment or self-editing, just explore what comes to you. Sometimes by focusing on a negative topic such as “hate” you can explore the images and release the negativity that comes with them. But don’t ever end on a negative topic, it’s important to end your session in a positive way. Your negative topic may even come back to you in a positive way, by ending on a positive note. This allows you to explore connections that you have forgotten about but is still affecting you on a subconscious level.
By having a person or audio guide you through your meditation, by speaking of a certain scenario or even an archetypal dream type world. You can also develop your own “plan” for your meditation. Where will you go? Whom will you talk too? How will you react to challenges along the way?
By doing guided meditations it allows your imagination to run wild and explore mental associations in a very active way. You could go back and talk to your younger self to work through issues, talk to a deceased loved one to finish unsettled business, or even ask for advice from someone great that you admire. You have unlimited possibilities.
Enjoy every minute of your journey, you only live each moment once.
Love yourself and love your journey!