After years of personal practice, being an instructor for meditation, and a coach for spiritual development I know just how important it is to find the ways that work for you when it comes to meditation. There is no ‘one size fits all’ regimen. Regardless of your personal preferences there are a few things that I hold to be true. My clients get results every time by employing these five steps.
First, you have to get yourself into the ‘mood’. You really are seducing your wildly active brain into a more relaxed state. Pick the music, sound, or guided meditation that tickles your fancy. Choose an incense, oil or candle that gives you that ‘ahhh’ back rub or head massage feeling. The time of day is truly important to feel open, refreshed, and available. Pay attention to when the best down time is where you are not actually tired. In essence, you are making love to yourself. Nurture your mind, body, and spirit through all of your senses.
Next, get off the phone! Physically remove this item from your meditation space. Turn off your computer. If you have a home phone, silence the ringer. We are talking about ten to thirty minutes of life-changing experiences. You must be fully present to get the most of it. Until you are able to relax enough to ignore what is going on around you, practice getting into the quietest place that you can. Eliminate all distractions.
Third, you are what you eat. If you are mixing soda and alcoholic drinks with your meditation time, you are altering your state of awareness. You will have a hard time differentiating fact from fiction in your meditations. You have the opportunity to receive valuable insight and information from your team in these “gatherings” or from your higher self in this state when you make yourself available to the downloads of information. However, if you have consumed any substances containing alcohol, sugar, caffeine, etc. you are less aware because they dull your actual senses.
The more attune you are to your spiritual helpers’ energetic vibration the better your transfer of information will be. I am not suggesting that you must give up all caffeine, sugar, alcohol or medications to meditate. I am simply telling you that the practice of meditation with those ingredients do not mix well for a final outcome of greater understanding and clarity. Try to separate the time that you consume those from the times that you choose to unwind and connect in your meditations.
This one is so important. Your breathing! You may start out shallow at first. When you really want to get “there” and feel yourself relax go to a quiet place in your mind and watch each breath move into a different body part. You can experience this through a heat sensation or seeing light in your arms, legs, shoulders. When you are ready to dive deeper and are feeling comfortable take 2-3 deep, cleansing breaths. Like the ones the doctor asks you to give, air going all the way in so that you feel it from deep in your tummy to the tops of your shoulders. Exhale slowly. Return the breath to normal until or unless you need to shift from aware to back into the silence again. This is how to avoid being brought out of the silent stillness of your mind by distractions. Those deep breaths are what cause you to find the “centered” state. You cannot be active any place else during those breaths. You are connected mind, body, and spirit with three deep, cleansing breaths right from the beginning of your meditation. I find it best when you breathe in through your nose and exhale through the mouth with those deep breaths.
Finally, choose a setting that you love in your imagination. Create an experience that feels safe, natural, and of eternal bliss in your mind’s eye. This is one that you conjure up and bring to life through meditation. It can be a meeting place for loved ones, spirit guides or guardian angels to meet you or it can be all your own where nothing else matters or exists but your soul connection and relaxation. It can have sounds, wildlife, or smells. It can be a room or location that is real or fantasy. Some place that brings you joy and has you wanting to come back for more. You can change it any time you like or go back as often as you need. The point is for you to create a place that you really care about and that it becomes second nature like turning on the television after a hard day’s work. This is the space you will grow from. Having an automatic recall will help you stay connected longer and faster as you get started.
These steps have had proven results in my courses. I really like to encourage people starting out to utilize guided meditations if they are having a difficult time connecting.
Ty serves the community with meditation courses, intuitive skills classes and workshops and provides many facets of one on one services. Her belief is that the inward transformation of the soul is the key to unlock the doors to the magic kingdom of each person’s spiritual awareness and gifts. On her site, Messengers of Spirit, her programs offer insights for each individual to make them stronger in their own power. Seeing is believing. She can show you the way to empowerment. You can see her guided meditation and video offerings on her YouTube channel, HERE.