What is meditation?  

The way I understand and explain meditation to my students is: Meditation is a state of mind in between the thoughts, a state of stillness creating thoughtlessness. A state when the brain does not produce any thoughts, BUT that is where the challenge lies because it is brain's job to generate thoughts, 'to think' :)

How does thoughtless state or being still benefit us? 

We humans are unique expressions of this universe. The Universe/God/Higher Power designed us perfectly. Just think about it! You don't need to supervise your heart to beat, your cardiovascular system knows what to do. Your body will digest, your lungs will breathe, your immune system will recognize and protect you, and so on...

However, as soon as we start thinking, judging, or comparing - that's when we block life from flowing through us. The majority of us start thinking negatively as soon as we wake up in the morning. We go to the bathroom, look in the mirror and think - "Ugh! I'm not pretty enough", "I wish my skin looked better", "I don't like my hair", 'I have to go to stupid work"... With every thought or judgement, we create mini emotional traumas that block the perfectly designed and functioning systems within our bodies. 

  

Meditation is Simple

  • Set an intention to meditate.

  • Find a comfortable, quiet place.

  • Loosen your clothing.

  • Dim the lights, adjust the temperature to a comfortable level.

Be mindful: Since the process of becoming still is unknown to the brain, the brain will try to rebel by distracting you. Your nose or hands may start itching. You may feel some tightness in your shoulders, etc. All of that shall pass with consistent practice.

Get Comfortable

  • Relax your forehead.

  • Relax your jaw by touching the tip of your tongue to your palate.

  • Slightly tuck your chin in.

  • Broaden your shoulders.

  • Relax, Reelaaxx, Reelaaaxxx

Beware: If you can't relax, don't force it. Just skip to breathwork. 

It is likely that your brain will produce thoughts about your long To-Do list, some traumatic memories from childhood, or bills you have to pay... (I'm sure you get the jist). All of these thoughts will try to prevent you from allowing yourself to relax. 

Relax

  • Take 9 abdominal breathes.

  • Plan every inhale. 

  • Control every 4 second long exhale.

  • Listen to your breathing.

  • Inhale through the nose and exhale through the nose.

For more breathing tips, download my guide here.

Breathe

  • Continue being intentional with your breathing.

  • Slowly shift your focus to your eye area. 

  • Sit in silence for 5 - 10 minutes.

  • Thoughts will arise, acknowledge them, and let them drift away.

It's okay if after 1 - 2 minutes you will feel overwhelmed by the many thoughts coming at you. Try to observe them and acknowledge what is. If you can't let them go yet, compassionately accept that you tried and gently complete your meditation. 

Get Still

Thus, when we meditate and try to achieve a thoughtless state even just for 1 - 2 minutes, we allow universal intelligence to flow through us and govern all of our systems to function at the optimal and harmonious way God intended.  When all of the systems function at an optimal level, balance in the body and mind is achieved.

 

Balance = Health/ Wellness.

Imbalance= Disease/Disorder.

When "i" is replaced by "we", even "illness" becomes "wellness" - someone wise.

With consistency and a curious mind, your meditative practice will improve. You will learn how to observe thoughts, how to detach from negative ones, and how to multiply and enjoy the positive ones.

 

You will feel GOOD! Think CLEAR! Be HAPPY and CONTENT!

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