Do You Want to Meditate?
What is meditation?
For me meditation is away to connect to your inner self and explore your deepest thoughts.
How do you meditate?
You can sit, stand or lay down. You can be in nature, in a silence room, on a plane or anywhere you want.
Is it helpful or just a waste of time?
This question can only be answered by the person meditating. I believe you get out of meditation the things you are looking for, nothing more and nothing less.
What is the best time to meditate?
For me, I found it was in the morning. I would suggest meditating at different times such as before work, in the afternoon, after work or before bed time.
Trying meditation at different times and you will figure out what time is best for you.
Do not meditate once and then pick the “right” time. Once you know what time of day is best for your results, stick to that time the best you can.
At the beginning of 2016, my goal was to meditate for 366 days. This includes the leap day. I started strong but only ended up meditating for a total of 76 days. This was 20.76% of the goal.
Looking for a guided meditation, I went to YouTube. I found meditation videos by Vishan Lakhiani, Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Alan Watts, Mooji, Thich Nhat Hanh and various other people.
The videos I wanted to follow, were for people who are considered beginners to those who have been exploring meditation and deep thought for years.
You can check out a video of me doing a guided meditation which is read by Vision Lakhiani. I have sat through this meditation many time and have experienced great results:
It’s not important which meditation you follow. There are so many options from meditation apps to deep meditation courses you can take. There is options with music and no music.
What is important is that you meditate on a daily basic once you find the technique that works for you. Again, this may take you some time to figure out what method works best for you.
Find a comfortable position. Again, you can sit on the floor, on a chair or on a cushion.
You may stand but depending on the length of your meditation this may not be comfortable over a longer period
You can also lay down and put a pillow under your head to minimize the stress on your neck and back. My caution to you is if you do try this method, you may fall asleep like I have on many occasions.
From your comfortable position, you want to begin to breath in from your nose and breath out from your nose as well. What you are doing through the awareness of your breath is joining all your five senses.
Started by completing a five-minute meditation. As you get comfortable increase your time. As you continue to practice, continue to increase your meditation time and focus on breathing.
Understand that each moment you spend in mindful meditation, is a moment you spend towards achieving the understanding you’re looking for.
Gathering your thoughts in a moment of silence seems easy but you soon notice the mind wonders.
Do your best to not get distracted. Many people who start meditation, at first cannot wait to get back to the reality of their day.
As you practice different types of meditation and times, you’ll find that you may feel disconnected, alone and on auto pilot from the reality you life in.
Thoughts and Believes
There are many things you will learn through meditation. The biggest lesson I learned, in my 76 days, was that I am my biggest road block.
I learned if I want to succeed, I need to guard my thoughts against what the world believes and expects of me.
Do you suffer from insomnia or bad sleeping patterns?
I believe meditation is the answer.
Sit in a quite space where you learn loving awareness, clarity, breathing deeper and connect to other human beings, can help you sleep.
Along with that you start to appreciate the animals, trees, plants and everything around you in nature.
When you meditate on an empty stomach, I found that you can breathe deeper and bring more oxygen into my body. I tried to meditate after drinking a few large glasses of water and noticed my breathing was much different.
Two thoughts were powerful for me.
First, I am form, which is different from my soul. To live a happier life, I need to detach the form, from the thoughts of who I believe I am.
Second, meditation is not only about sitting in silence, it is about teaching someone something you know and watching them grow.
25 Lessons Learned from Meditation
- Focus on breathing and control restless energy.
- Let go of the “I’m right” attitude.
- Make time for yourself daily.
- Find ways to give time, money and efforts to causes you believe in.
- As you breath in and out, count from 1-8 to keep mind from wondering.
- In meditation, you can focus positive energy on others.
- Let go of the mind. Believe in God and the power of the universe.
- Do not expect people to perform to the level of your expectations.
- Let go of EGO to understand other people’s lives better.
- Work on not judging others. Have an open heart for all. This is how we learn to love one another.
- Learn to let go of the past after you have forgiven or been forgiven for mistakes.
- Find direction. Cut out things that are not taking you towards your desired direction or thoughts.
- Learn to be a better communicator and leader.
- Pray for the living, the dead, the poor and wealthy.
- Be grateful for what I have and all I do not have.
- Realize where you need to improve to become a better person, spouse, employee, entrepreneur and human being.
- The positive and negative you see in others is the same you see within yourself. If you are not happy about that then, change it.
- Have a talk with your inner self.
- Breath out and release the old you. Breath in a new you.
- Meditation can bring structure to your day and life.
- Each day you meditate, you get to experience a different you.
- Don’t silence all thoughts. Follow those thoughts and see where they take you. Once you are done following that thought. Come back to your clear mind.
- Give to yourself, then give to others from a place of happiness.
- Look at the big picture. Know you are not you. You are every life form that you have ever witnessed.
- Show empathy and emotion. Do not just live in a logical world.
After 76 days of mediation I wrote down many questions. Some of those questions came to me as I meditated in silence and others come to me as I listen to guided words by different spiritual leaders.
- Who Am I?
- Today I spent money. What could I have done with that money instead?
- Why do certain thoughts come to my mind?
- Is it wrong to show people what material and non-material things I have when I have worked so hard for them?
- Will my meditation allow me to have further clarity of the dreams I have when I sleep?
- Why do I care about people, place or things even when I do not want to anymore?
- What form of life will I take in my next life?
Anyone can gain wisdom and learn important life lessons through meditation. No one can tell anyone if meditation if right of wrong for you. You must decide this for yourself.
One thing I do know kids, teens, adults of any age can find benefits through meditation.
I know, the days I meditated and a few days after, I had clarity and the ability to “see and experience” things better than I did the day before.
I could focus on a having a positive attitude to creating a positive future.
If you can meditate daily, I believe you and I would be able to release negative thoughts and replace them with positive life experiences.
When you meditate, you walk in awareness, experience happiness, closeness and other emotions.
In meditation, I realized that I am not my past. I thought of my own Mantra. One that I could repeat and bring myself back to meditation anytime I need to.
“This Moment is Meditation.” This simple mantra keeps me grounded and helps me see each moment for what it is.
Do you meditate or are you planning to start?
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