02 Dec
Meditation's Gifts
Written by Lesley Crossingham |
Published in HEALING & METAPHYSICS
 
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Meditation is the art of focusing all your attention in one area. The practice gifts a myriad of health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness. Although a many people try meditation at some point in their lives, only a small percentage maintains the practice it for the long-term. There can be many reasons for this, but there are some hints and tips that will help you cement this amazing practice into your daily life.
 
 
1) Make it a formal practice by setting aside a certain time of day. Some people can manage two practice periods a day, but try with just one at first.
 
2) Start with the breath. Breathing deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin practice.
 
3) Stretch your body!. Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably. Additionally, stretching starts the process of “going inward” and brings added attention to the body.
 
4) Meditate with Purpose. The art meditation can be enhanced when we think or “meditate” on something that makes us feel connected, universal, calm and centred. This could be a beautiful flower, such as the Lotus, a mountain, a tree or even a mantra such as OM can be used to focus.
 
5) Notice if frustration creep up on you. This is very common for beginners as the ego tends to interfere with anything that would strengthen the soul, and weak the ego’s grip! Suddenly we start worrying about leaving the water running in the kitchen, or if that sound is a burglar climbing through the window! Focus back on the breath and let all these feelings go!
 
6) Experiment. Although many of us imagine that meditation requires us to sit cross-legged beneath a Bodhi tree, experiment with different types of meditation. Try sitting, lying, eyes open, eyes closed, etc.
 
7) Feel your body parts. Take notice of the body and once the mind quietens, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body (include your internal organs). This is very healthy and an indicator that you are on the right path.
 
8) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. Make sure it is not the same room where you do work, exercise, or sleep. Place candles and other spiritual paraphernalia in the room to help you feel at ease.
 
9) Commit for the long haul. Meditation is a life-long practice, and you will benefit most by NOT examining the results of your daily practice. Just do the best you can every day, and then let it go!
 
10) Listen to instructional tapes and CDs.
 
11) Generate moments of awareness during the day. Concentrate on your breath and “being present” while not in formal practice is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation habits.
 
12) Make sure you will not be disturbed. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is not insuring peaceful practice conditions. If you worry that the phone might ring, your kids might wake, or your coffee pot might whistle than you will not be able to attain a state of deep relaxation.
 
14) Notice small adjustments. The slightest physical movements can transform a meditative practice from one of frustration to one of renewal. These adjustments may be barely noticeable to an observer, but they can mean everything for your practice.
 
15) Use a candle. Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging for a beginner. Lighting a candle and using it as your point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This can be very powerful.
 
16) Do NOT Stress. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the hardest to implement. No matter what happens during your meditation practice, do not stress about it. This includes being nervous before meditating and angry afterwards. Meditation is what it is, and just do the best you can at the time.
 
17) Meditating with a partner or loved one can have many wonderful benefits, and can improve your practice. However, it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules before you begin!
 
18) Meditate early in the morning. Without a doubt, early morning is an ideal time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up half an hour earlier to meditate.
 
19) Be Grateful at the end. Once your practice is through, spend 2-3 minutes feeling appreciative of the opportunity to practice and your mind’s ability to focus.
 
20) Notice when your interest in meditation begins to wane. Meditation is hard work, and you will inevitably come to a point where it seemingly does not fit into the picture anymore. THIS is when you need your practice the most and I recommend you go back to the book(s) or the CD’s you listened to and become re-invigorated with the practice. Chances are that losing the ability to focus on meditation is parallel with your inability to focus in other areas of your life!
 
 
Meditation is an absolutely wonderful practice, but can be very difficult in the beginning. Use the tips described in this article to get your practice to the next level! I have created a wonderful shamanic meditation CD you may find useful because it guides you to deeper levels of inner awareness. However, there are dozens of wonderful meditation CDs created by many wonderful psychics and clairvoyants.
 
 

 

Lesley Crossingham

 

 

Lesley Ann is a spiritual artist, an author of over twenty books, clairvoyant and spiritual teacher. She was awarded our Find Your Psychic Spiritual Author of the Year award for the past five years due to her many popular spiritual book titles.

 

Lesley has written over twenty books, numerous magazine articles and many short stories. She has also created three CDs of her music and spiritual meditations. She introduced traditional Native American Indian drummaking to Australia in 1991 and continues to offer these workshops.

 

Lesley writes for several magazines, including New Dawn where she contributes book reviews. You can also read her many book reviews on Amazon's website. Lesley has a journalism background and brings her many skills to writing articles on this site and many others.

 

For further information on Lesley, to contact her, purchase her books, readings or CDs, please go to her website -

www.spiritvision.com.au

 

 

Lesley Crossingham