5 SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR MEDITATION
  
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5 SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR MEDITATION



Published On: July 22, 2014, by Neat Buzz, Patricia Lewis, Kansas
Tag: Meditation, Health , Rating: 4.5

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Okay, okay I get it… meditation is good for me. It’s good for my mind. It’s good for my body. It’s good for my soul. But seriously, what the heck do I do? How do I do it? Where do I put my hands?
A few people have asked me how to meditate, how to develop this feeling of Oneness, and here’s my best answer without over-complicating things…

5 Simple Instructions for Meditation:



1

 

PICK A PLACE.

 

This life is a mirror, right? We want our environment to be stable, grounded, and fresh. Meditating in a dirty, cluttered room invites a dirty, cluttered mind. Pick a clean room, a quiet hallway, or a nice spot outside.

5 SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR MEDITATION
  

2

 

SIT DOWN.

 

Not stand up, not lay down, but sit down on a chair or cushion of some kind. Here’s some anatomy… It helps to be elevated off the ground, because the curvature of your low back stays more stable with a forward pelvis tilt. Rolling up a yoga mat and sticking it under your sitting bones works well too.

5 SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR MEDITATION
  

3

 

STRAIGHT SPINE.

 

A straight spine has neurological benefits (your spine encases the spinal cord, which carries all the messages from your body-brain connection). Part of what we are doing is creating space, in our minds and hearts, and we need an optimally functioning body for that. A straight spine also allows for proper breathing, providing space for the lungs.

5 SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR MEDITATION
  

4

 

BREATHE.

 

We all know how to breathe – that’s why this is simple :). Breathing is a process that automatically occurs without our conscious awareness. By focusing conscious attention on the breath, we are syncing up the conscious and subconscious minds, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. Our thoughts are less likely to sweep us away when we are focused on breathing. Feel the *texture* of the breath, the sound, the tingle, the vibration. Focus on the sensation.

5 SIMPLE SUGGESTIONS FOR MEDITATION
  
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5

 

SMILE AT THOUGHT

 

When a thought arises, and it will, smile and release it. Don’t push it away – we are not at war; we’re at peace. We peacefully smile and allow the thought to pass on by or dissolve, however the imagination would like to work with it. “Smile” doesn’t have to mean ear-to-ear grin. Smile can be a state of mind. Your face could not change at all, and still you are smiling at thought.
Part of meditation is watching the mind. This includes our relationship to instruction. If you find yourself meditating and wondering, “Am I doing this right?”, that is good information about self-doubt, frustration, or maybe some past relationship where you were criticized for not doing things “right.” If you find yourself reading this blog and think, “He didn’t tell me where to put my hands!”, use that as something to consider during meditation. Maybe part of the lesson is that you know more about this Life than You let your Self Know. How long should you meditate? As long as it takes to lose your mind! ;)
The Soul is like the warm gooey filling of momma’s blueberry pie. We don’t want to just eat the crust, right? The ego is like the shell holding it all together. We don’t want to eat just the goo either! We want the whole thing! Meditation helps us to see through the ego to reveal the Soul which resides within each of us. Without the ego, we are just crazy people. We are not trying to get rid of the ego. We are trying to relax, to breathe space into our minds, so that we can recognize which is which. Trust what You feel. Trust in your Self.

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