Most people think that they can’t meditate because they either find it hard to relax or have such a busy overactive mind. When I first started meditating I actually thought I couldn’t meditate because no matter how hard I tried to still and clear my mind of having thoughts my thoughts still seemed to arise and fall during my meditation. I soon learnt it is impossible to have no thoughts arise during your meditation and that it is ok for thoughts to arise and fall during your meditation.
We do tend to think the purpose of meditation is to handle stress, to tune out, to get away from it all. While that’s partially true the real purpose of meditation is actually to tune in, not to get away from it all, but to get in touch with it all. Not to just de-stress, but to find that peace within, the peace that spiritual traditions talk about that passes all understanding. So, meditation is a way to get in the space between your thoughts. You have a thought here, a thought here, and there’s little space between every thought.
It’s a field of infinite possibilities – infinite possibilities, pure potentiality. Everything is connected to everything else. It’s a space of infinite creativity, infinite imagination. It is a place where there is something called the observer effect, or the power of intention, which means intention is very powerful when brought to this space and it orchestrates its own fulfilment – what people call the law of attraction – so those are wonderful qualities of your own spirit. In meditation, we get into this space so we find infinite possibilities, infinite correlation, infinite creativity, infinite imagination, and infinite power of intention. That’s what meditation is really about. I feel for me when I meditate daily it makes me feel great, I feel at ease and have this sense of inner peace, I feel like I have more spiritual energy and that I am a lot more switched on both in my inside and outside world.
If you want to cope better, sleep better, feel better than start meditating – here are some handy meditation tips for you:
Where to Meditate
Plug in your ear phones and listen to a guided meditation either on your phone, iPod, computer, close your eyes, and go within a place you choose where you will not be disturbed.
When to Meditate
Morning and evening coincide with our body’s quieter rhythms. Our body knows how to be still; we just have to give it opportunity. Studies show that routines begun in the morning last the longest, but any time you look forward to meditating is the right time.
Being comfortable is most important. It is preferable to sit up straight on the floor or on a chair to help cultivate alertness, but if you are ill or need to lie down, that is fine. The mind has been conditioned to sleep when the body is lying down so you may feel sleepier. Your hands can relax on your lap, palms up or any way that you feel most open.
Thoughts will inevitably drift in and dance around your mind, but that’s normal. Don’t try to do anything with them – let them be. If you find yourself thinking about what’s passing through your mind, just return to focusing your awareness on the mantra or your breath – you will soon slip into the space between thoughts.
When we pay attention to our breath, we are in the present moment. In an unforced, natural rhythm, allow your breath to flow in and out, easily and effortlessly.
The effects of meditation are cumulative, and setting aside as little as 15 minutes a day to retreat and rejuvenate is beneficial. It’s better to spend just a few minutes meditating every day rather than meditating for an hour a week.
“meditation is a great way to help you be calm even when you’re losing your sh*t” Spa it girl xoxo
source: Deepak Chopra