Have you ever wanted to meditate yet not knowing where to begin? Are you the type who has already learned some form of meditation but never makes time for it? Or maybe you heard about the benefits of meditation though not feeling that you could do it? Three years ago, my answer would have been yes to all of those questions and more.
I used to feel very uncomfortable sitting still or even lying still for more than five minutes. Today, I meditate for an hour a day and sometimes, if I set the clock wrong, I accidentally go for two hours. I’ve been meditating consistently for one and a half years and it’s still a work in progress for me.
There have definitely been days when I’ve skipped meditation. However, I believe my day is much better when I begin it with meditation, even if it’s only for half an hour. I hope to put you on a path to a better you by sharing my journey and providing you with the resources to get started.
For many years, I had heard that meditation improves, brain function, relaxation, focus, self-awareness and inner peace. More recently, I had read that we were coming upon a planetary shift and that 2013 would mark the beginning of a new era. No one could say for sure exactly what that meant but everyone felt that self-awareness and intuition would be our primary survival tools.
Today, I know from experience that our thoughts are manifesting at a faster rate than they ever have. So, it’s really important for us to be able to control them so that we are creating exactly what we really want. Most people are still walking around in a dream-state; often, obsessing over the past or concerned about the future. They will experience difficulty, in the near future, if they don’t wake up and learn to stay in the present.
One of the books that I’m currently reading provides a more in depth explanation – “What Do You Mean the Third Dimension is Going Away?”, by Jim Self and Roxane Burnet
We are spiritual beings living a human existence. We are more than our bodies and our minds. We have transcended our past. We must enjoy all of the beauty and glory of today and watch drama as if it were a movie..without reaction..allowing it to pass so that we can move on to the next phase. Once we wake up and remember who we are, we will begin our realignment with nature.
What finally led me to meditation was my desire to improve my breathing. Breathing had been an obstacle for me in my attempts to sing and act, since it is the key to vocal projection. So, I went on my computer and typed “breathing exercises.” I noticed a You Tube video for “The Most Powerful Breathing Exercise” and watched it.
I found it easy to watch because the instructor, “Anmol Mehta,” is young, fit and very thorough in his explanation. This meditation, Sodarshan Chakra Kriya, would have looked crazy to me, if I weren’t previously exposed to alternate nostril breathing. Although it’s not really for beginners, the potential benefits were too amazing for me to resist:
“Sodarshan Chakra Kriya also dramatically improves your physical wellbeing. In fact, as you practice it you will start to feel quite invincible over time. It expands your nervous system, respiratory system and helps your digestive system. I find that the most profound health benefit is a boost to the immune system when I practice this kriya regularly. Overall the kriya promotes peace, joy and strength.”–Anmol Mehta
I did Sodarshan Chakra Kriya for about six months and found it to be an emotional rollercoaster ride which eventually left me feeling happy for no reason at all. It literally helps you to heal old suppressed emotional wounds that you may not realize are affecting your life today. If you decide to try it, I recommend that you read the instructions on the website, meditate first thing in the morning and avoid eating a heavy meal the night before.
You are pumping the stomach which forces the air to come out of your nose. Another thing that I suggest is to set a recurring reminder for whatever time works best for you so that you do it consistently. I moved on from Sodarshan Chakra Kriya because I had always wanted to do Silent Mind Meditation and I finally found a website with a free training program.
Anmol Mehta created a website for the Mastery of Meditation, Yoga and Zen and there’s even a paid option for teacher training. Here’s the link: http://anmolmehta.com/ I’m guessing that if you’ve read this much, then you want to learn some form of meditation. Therefore, I suggest that you explore the website to discover which meditation resonates with you.
The Silent Mind Meditation is the one in which you close your eyes and watch your thoughts. The goal is to become aware of your thoughts and eventually silence them.
“The art of Meditation is to bring the mind to a state of stillness such that thoughts no longer interfere with pure Reality and that which lies beyond time, space and self can be Realized. The Silent Mind (SM) Meditation Program is designed to help create this silence within by teaching the practitioner the powerful Silent Mind Meditation system. “ –Anmol Mehta
The website has a Silent Mind Meditation Program. Although my Metaphysical, “positive thinking,” background inhibited my ability to achieve what Anmol Mehta wants his readers to accomplish, I did learn tools to help me sit for long periods and free my mind of thoughts for extended periods. Maybe one day I will revisit the program. Here’s the direct link: http://anmolmehta.com/blog/2007/01/27/silent-mind-meditation-program-authors-note/
I’d like to end with one last attempt to motivate you. I found a website that lists 100 benefits of meditation: http://www.ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/05/100-benefits-of-meditation/
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