Meditation, Mindfulness, Guided Visualization.
What do they all have in common? They are essentially the same thing, an easily learned technique to downshift your brain action from the active Beta, to relaxed Alpha and finally – with some practice – the insightful meditative state of Theta. (Delta will be deep sleep, which is critical for immunity restoration.)
The best way to learn and practice meditation is to find a class, a group. Not only is it easier to to learn with someone showing you the way, but the power of group meditation is awesome. It is usually easier to dial down to the light trance state of meditation. But if you don’t have the luxury of a local group, no worries! Check out my new book Meditation: Guide to Joyful Living. Click here to order your copy at Amazon. It is the perfect compliment to assist in your quest to find joyful space in your life.
But for now, we’ll go through the basic steps to a simple meditation. All that is required is your desire, a quiet place and the focus of your mind.
Expectations: The first thing to understand is that meditation may feel a little like daydreaming. Don’t expect to fall into a deep trance state, although it may happen. It is more likely that you will struggle with your mind playing hamster on a wheel, or a persistent to-do list. Gently push those thoughts down and offer a quiet thanks. Concentrate on breathing deeply through your nose. Set a timer for 20 minutes or so, which will release that nagging from the back of your mind.
You might want to work on a particular issue with your meditation: find an answer to a question, a direction, or scan your body for healing, or simply de-stress. These are just ideas.
Meditation: The Basic Steps:
- Set your intention.
- Sit quietly, breath deeply.
- Count down to allow your mind to shift. I use 21, but you can experiment.
- Allow emptiness to fill you – that is an oxymoron!
- If images or messages come, just let them. Try not to manipulate the experience. Manipulation will pull you back out of the trance state.
- When your timer goes off, count back up or reverse whatever process you used to shift states.
- Write down your experiences.
Add a 20 minute meditation practice to your life to connect the dots of duty and pleasure and peace.