Meditation Techniques Made Easy
Have you tried meditating before? Maybe you loved it or more than likely you spent the whole time with your eyes closed putting together your next grocery list? Most people can’t turn it off, that’s super common.
Here’s the great thing – you don’t actually have to turn it off. Stop working against yourself! Instead, what you can do (which is SO much easier) is focus that internal conversation – give it a purpose. Use it to learn about yourself, reflecting on things and getting clear about what that (really loud) inner voice is telling you to do next. This is called “active meditation” and yes, it is EXACTLY what you need in your life.
Listening to yourself is transformative.
This won’t be a new concept to most of you. So many of the highest performing people in the world incorporate creative visualizations into their lives – athletes, entertainers, CEOs…Oprah. They’ll work for you too, helping to bring your dreams to life, and here’s how…
You can feel exactly what it’s like to already have it, and it becomes very real – you have no doubt that you could absolutely have that brownie right now if you wanted it! And now that you’ve decided that you can have it, your mind opens up about how to actually make it happen. Everything becomes possible.
To actually make a difference in your life, it’s not going to be about what you learn…it’s all ultimately going to hinge on what you do. Getting your kids to understand why they need to brush their teeth and them actually doing it, for example…knowledge doesn’t prevent cavities.
As a beginner, you might feel a bit unsure about the steps you’re taking – that’s completely normal! Trying something new can be intimidating – you have doubts and probably judge yourself way too harshly on your early attempts. You tell yourself you’re not good enough far too often. Continued practice will help to build up your self-confidence in a huge way. You’ll see the impact of the changes you’re making and be motivated to keep going.
Accountability And Support
Going it alone can be rough! And sometimes your immediate support network isn’t always as supportive as you thought they would be. Often when you’re looking to make a change in your life, those closest to you can get defensive.
If you’re looking to leave the corporate world behind for example, your fellow nine-to-fivers may be quick to list off the risks, or if you’re cleaning up your diet your partner may seem unusually resolute about being happy just the way they are.
People can very easily take something that you’re doing for yourself, and make it about them. It’s an instinctual worry for most, the creation of a “better than” “worse than” scenario – you working for yourself makes you better than them or them choosing to keep their 9-5 makes them worse than you.
It’s untrue. It’s only ever about what is the best fit for each person. But these can be the realities of perception and therefore something you’ll have to deal with.
What’s important as you’re looking to start this journey then is that you have great support. Change can be tough, so having people on your side is critical! You’ll need encouragement on the days that you’re not sure you can do it and you’ll really appreciate having an accountability buddy, who won’t let you settle for less than what you truly want. This program provides both of those things, access to a group of like-minded people on similar journeys and professional coaches to help you along the way.
This one step alone will give you the most benefits of meditation. This could be a simple 10-minute meditation or something longer. The idea is to have a regular daily meditation practice with meditation techniques that work for you.
Once you start to get the hang of meditating, you realize it really works! But everything seems to want to distract and pull you away from your daily meditation practice. This is why this meditation technique is so vital.
Easy Meditation Techniques
Keep it easy going and relaxing. That is probably one of the reasons why you wanted to take up meditation in the first place.
Remember, trying too hard takes away from your meditation experience. If you are taking the stress of the day with you throughout the practice, it will diminish the benefits of meditation. If all you can do when beginning meditation is sit still, relax and chill out, then that is a wonderful start. It is leaps and bounds ahead of where others begin meditation.
Simple Meditation Techniques
Once you are clear on this, you will be able to discover what types of meditation techniques will serve your intention. Honestly, you could practice any style of meditation and hold an intention for the particular benefits of meditation you would like, and it will unfold. Just hold an intention. That is the simplest form of meditation and works wonderfully. It really starts off as that simple.
Learning How to Meditate Properly
When I (Leo) first starting meditating at the age of 17, I had no tools and no concepts, beyond relaxation techniques and chilling out. So I started meditating and created my own tools. I later discovered a meditation practice that actually taught a couple of my self-created meditation tools. That was really cool.
It needs to get you engaged and motivated so that you stick with it.
2. Look at the approach a meditation teacher takes.
This will impact the flow of your spiritual journey. Do you want high energy, grounded, real, etc.?
3. Are they walking their talk?
This simple answer will help you decide.
4. What is their experience as a meditation teacher?
Do they offer additional courses, materials, do they have a spiritual center?