The Cumulative Effects of Meditation
I want to share with you some thoughts on why meditation can lead you to create more of what you want.
Meditation is becoming more a part of people's new lives every day, and I hope it becomes part of your new life.
Meditation can raise the life of every individual to its full dignity in which perfect health, happiness and success are the natural features of daily life.
If you're working like a hamster on a wheel, trying to keep up with life's demands, you become reactive rather than proactive. Your working life, coupled with media vying for your constant attention is exhausting. So your mind gets no natural peace nor rest!
You know how it goes: Your mind and body become tired. You get irritable. The mind becomes fuzzy, and you become dispirited. You turn on the TV or surf the Internet, and yet all you get is more ìpay attention to thisî everywhere.
Taking time out by meditating regularly de-clutters the mind and brings to your mind, silence, stillness and peace. It replenishes you.
A moment of silence brings clarity and it is the birthplace of energy and new ideas; it is the ignition point for inspiration. This is where your enthusiasm for creativity, growth and renewal and come from.
But what happens when everything goes pear-shaped? The answer is to meditate with the intention to clear all obstacles blocking your path! Obstacles must move and they will move!
People care so much about their physical health and physical cleanliness, yet they are oblivious to their energetic health, and that is where all health and vitality comes from.
Who or what influences your reality? Are you creating or being driven?
It's amazing how we have instant access to so much information and entertainment.
Yet that's external. If you outsource your happiness to movies, games, gadgets and devices or ëkeeping up with the Jones's', it tends to focus our attention on that happiness is external. It gives you no freedom to create what you want.
Never give away your power to outside forces. Your power lies internally. Staying connected to yourself is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Pure joy and freedom is sourced from within if you give yourself the chance!
How often are you turning inward and closing off everything else?
Being a constant multi-tasker has your brain always switched on. The mind†absolutely requires downtime, regularly; for good health, happiness, well-being and creativity.
Meditation practice is cultivated over a period of time. Like someone who starts drawing stick figures and then goes on to learn how to paint beautiful creations, you too can learn how to create your fruitful life.
It is done by yielding to letting go and embracing your flow.
It is also said that, if God doesn't give you a break, then take one!
Happiness is a state of mind, so the real source of happiness must lie within the mind, not in external conditions.
The Benefits of Meditation
- Calms the parasympathetic nervous system
- Helps insomnia immensely
- Helps with weight loss
- Decreases cortisol levels
- Enhances the immune system
- Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate
- Builds self-confidence
- Increases serotonin level, influences mood and behavior
- Increased emotional stability
- Improved relationships
- Develops intuition
- Increases productivity
- Higher intelligence growth rate
- Increases the synchronicity in your life
If you give yourself the gift of learning how to meditate and if you are willing to cultivate the habit, the world is your oyster.
Meditation requires no special equipment, and is not complicated to learn. It can be practiced anywhere, at any given moment, and it is not time consuming. Fifteen to twenty minutes twice per day is good.
With such a huge list of benefits, the question you should ask yourself is, ìwhy am I not meditating yet?î
As with all meditation, please note that if you are under the instruction of a psychologist or psychiatrist or are schizophrenic, please consult your practitioner prior to commencing this exercise.
Here is an Easy and Effective Meditation:
The most important thing to remember when meditating is not to expect anything to happen. If you're lifting weights at the gym, you don't expect the muscle to grow right before your eyes, and so it is with meditation.
The best attitude towards meditation is to be very patient as the mind does not always want to focus. Simply be diligent with your breathing.
Focus solely upon on your breathing. Keep the focus of your attention only upon the breath going in and out.
Sit upright in a chair which easily supports your spine so you don't slouch. Place your hands gently and easily in your lap. Allow yourself to become relaxed and receptive. Allow your chin to go slightly downward and soften your eyes.
1. How to open yourself up to meditation if you're stressed or if you are feeling resistance
a. Force a yawn with your mouth to the ceiling. This connects you to the non-physical.
b. Stretch your arms up over your head for as long as you can. This relaxes your lungs.
c. Roll your eyes into the back of your head for 30 seconds. Open your eyes and close them again.
d. Repeat as many times as needed until you feel a shift in your brain. This will takes you very quickly down into alpha brainwaves.
This short exercise is great anytime you need to relax instantly. Even at your desk at work :)
2. Physical Relaxation
Take 5-10 minutes visualizing each and and every part of your body tightening and then relaxing each part of your body allowing any tension to dissolve away easily...
Relax your feet - ankles - calves - knees thighs
Relax your pelvis - buttocks - stomach - rib-cage - collar bone
Relax your shoulders - shoulder-blades - upper-arms - lower-arms - hands - fingers
Relax your spine -starting at your tail-bone, relax each and every one of your vertebrae-lower back, middle back, upper back
Relax your throat and the back of your neck-your scalp and the skin covering your scalp.
Relax your forehead - eyebrows - third eye - nose - cheeks - jaw - teeth - lips - ears
Relax each and every muscle around your eyes all around your eyes and eyelids and underneath your eyes.
Breathe in and out so smoothly that there is no pause between the ìinî breath and the ìoutî breath.
It is just one, long continuous, flowing b-r-e-a-t-h, like a slow, sensuous sigh. Let it stroke you, as you might stroke a smooth piece of velvet or silk.
Your body will eventually become very still until you will not feel your feet or your hands.
Continue this for 20 minutes or so ...
When you want to go deeper you can use your vivid imagination and pretend that your body is a giant sea sponge. Breathe in and out through every pore in your body like a gentle wave in the ocean.
Imagine that the air has transformed into light. This light is thicker and heavier than air. And as your breathing becomes heavier and slower, you many find yourself dropping deeper and deeper and more relaxed.
You can continue this until you feel like there is no ëtime' for it is at this point you will have transcended the time-space continuum. You have reached the void, the field of pure potentiality.
When you are ready, come back to full awareness whenever you are ready. Enjoy the silence, the stillness and the bliss! Remember this place of silence as your anchor which you can come back to at any time.
Although the effects of meditation can be instantaneous, the cumulative effects will gradually weave their way into daily life when practiced regularly!
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