Meditation Techniques Made Easy
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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.
Traditional Eastern meditation invites you to empty your mind…which is a lot like being on a diet, and telling yourself: “Self – don’t even think about that brownie.” and then you can’t think of anything else BUT that brownie. You meditate, and tell yourself: “Empty it all out, don’t think about anything.” and then every single thing on your to do list, anything you’ve ever Googled and every conversation you’ve ever had in your life starts popping up and replaying on full volume. I hear you!
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.
You’ll learn how to set up your environments to support you and develop relationships and connect in a way that nourishes you, right to your core. And ultimately you’ll learn to use all of your natural gifts, from intuition to generosity, to build a dramatically better life for you and your family.
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…
It involves vividly imagining your dream or goal, using all of your senses to bring it to life. So, let’s take the brownie example again. Close your eyes and picture it – fresh out of the oven and sitting on your countertop. So fresh you can see steam coming off the top, you can feel the heat from the pan and smell the delicious chocolate filling the kitchen – is your mouth watering yet?! We’re talking about an imaginary brownie here, but your mind is so powerful that if you’ve visualized it with enough sensory detail you can probably already taste it.
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.
And in the same way, creative visualization can help with your other dreams. If you don’t believe that something is possible to begin with, there will always be an unlimited supply of reasons that it can’t or won’t happen (whether that’s a small dream like getting a brownie, or something bigger like starting your own business). As soon as you know something is possible, you’re finally able to get out of your own way and paths start opening up all over the place to make it happen.
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.
The exercises throughout the program are going to help you in a couple of ways, one of which is developing some great habits that will support your future growth. Another really important piece is about giving you a safe and guided way to practice your new life skills. And practice makes progress!
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.
Regular and daily meditation practice is a key meditation technique. Practice makes progress. An effect develops through building on your previous meditations, improving the quality of life. I even encourage you to schedule it into your daily routine.
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
Take it easy on yourself. Often when people start meditation, they try too hard. They then let go of the whole process, thinking meditation is hard and only works for others.
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
Keep it simple. Define which benefits from meditating regularly you want. Is it to relax, is it for personal development and improvement and/or to deepen your connection with the universe?
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
Meditation is an amazing tool. You can learn to be more relaxed, promote healing and gain deeper self-awareness. Because of that you can release major personal blocks and even connect with higher spiritual dimensions. Meditation is a truly remarkable process that allows for you to make healthy and healing choices for an optimal life. So learning how to meditate properly, is worth your investment.
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.
1. Pick a style of meditation that works for you.
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?
As far as the decision for what you want, you are going to need to decide on whether you want a passive or active meditation practice. As a rule of thumb, eastern meditation is passive and western meditation is active. However, western meditation practices are harder to find.
We offer meditation for those with active minds who are looking for a better quality of life.