Personalizing Your Meditation Time

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We’ve all seen in movies or on T.V. someone meditating. Often they are sitting “Indian” style on a pillow humming. We may find it amusing and think “What a waste of time” or “How can looking silly and humming help?” If you’ve ever thought something like this, you are right. For you, this type of meditation would be silly and a waste of time.

To get the most out of meditation, you have to develope and direct your awareness as your foundation. Once you have that foundation, you can build a strong meditation session by trying different types. You discover through trial an error what works for you until you have a grounded and stable practice.

SUGGESTED MEDITATION PRACTICES:
1. Sit in complete silence. Find a comfortable place to sit and a comfortable position. Keep in mind, your back should be straight from your tailbone to your neck. You can put earplugs in to block out all noises. Once you are comfortable and in complete silence (turn your phones off or on vibrate), close your eyes and clear all thoughts from your mind. Take some deep breaths and feel the tension and stress leave your body. As you relax, focus on positive things. If at first you can’t think of anything in your life that is positive, focus on things that make you happy. As you become comfortable with this style of meditation, you will find that as soon as you are sitting in quiet, the positive thoughts will come easily and naturally. When this happens, you can start meditating on your dreams for your future.

2. Find a place where you can be alone. Stand or sit in a comfortable position keeping your back straight from your tailbone to your neck. Now place headphones on with soft, instrumental music (like classical) or sounds from nature. Once you are comfortable and have your music ready (turn your phones off or on vibrate), close your eyes and clear all thoughts from your mind. Take some deep breaths and feel the tension and stress leave your body. As you relax, focus on positive things. If at first you can’t think of anything in your life that is positive, focus on things that make you happy. As you become comfortable with this style of meditation, you will find that as soon as you are sitting in quiet, the positive thoughts will come easily and naturally. When this happens, you can start meditating on your dreams for your future.

3. Go to an area where you can move around. Stand or sit in a comfortable position keeping your back straight from your tailbone to your neck. You can be in silence or place headphones on with soft, instrumental music (like classical) or sounds from nature. Once you have your space ready (turn your phones off or on vibrate), clear all thoughts from your mind, stretch in different positions (stand with your feet shoulder length apart and bend over getting as close to touching your toes as possible; lay on your stomach on the floor, arching your back towards your feet and stretching your feet towards your head; any other stretch or a combination of stretches that works most of your muscles) take some deep breaths and feel the tension and stress leave your body. As you relax, focus on positive things. If at first you can’t think of anything in your life that is positive, focus on things that make you happy. As you become comfortable with this style of meditation, you will find that as soon as you are sitting in quiet, the positive thoughts will come easily and naturally. When this happens, you can start meditating on your dreams for your future.

4. Take a walk. This works best if you are alone. You can walk in silence or with headphones playing soft, instrumental music (like classical) or sounds from nature. Turn off your phone and clear all thoughts from your mind. Remember to breathe and let the tension and stress leave your body. As you relax, focus on positive things. If at first you can’t think of anything in your life that is positive, focus on things that make you happy. As you become comfortable with this style of meditation, you will find that as soon as you are sitting in quiet, the positive thoughts will come easily and naturally. When this happens, you can start meditating on your dreams for your future.

These are just some of the ways to meditate. Try them all and see which one (or ones) best fit you. You can use meditation for many different things. Maybe you just want to relieve stress, maybe you need healing from an illness or maybe you are resolving a disturbing psychological issue. Whatever the need, meditation can help you take control of your mind, body and soul. You can improve your concentration and focus through meditation or simply gain more relaxation and peace. It’s your life, make the most out of it.

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