Meditation – Your Path to Healing from the Inside Out
Myths about Meditation
Meditation is a form of relaxation for the mind. And when your mind is relaxed, your body naturally follows. There isn’t anything better for the body than a relaxed mind. In fact, it’s necessary pre-requisite to healing your body from any pain or ailment, or just creating wellbeing.
Meditation isn’t about changing who you are or becoming something better. It’s not about emptying your mind or becoming open to evil suggestions. Did you know that back as early as Ancient Rome they believed that when you sneezed you had to say Bless You, otherwise you’d let evil spirits in. Sounds absurd doesn’t it? But it’s true. Unfortunately, some religious people still feel the same about meditation. And it’s just as absurd.
Meditation is simply being present and relaxed. And when you relax and stop the chatter in your head, even for a little while, you understand the value to your own health and wellbeing.
We often get an image of Yogis meditating on a mountain-top cross-legged somewhere in the Nepalese mountains, but meditation on a mountain-top isn’t an option for most people (even though it would be nice sometimes). So it’s good to know that meditation can be done nearly anywhere, whether at home, outdoors, in an office, at a cafe and even waiting in line at the store (In fact, especially while waiting in line somewhere). When practiced regularly, meditation can become a loving, nurturing, and clarifying experience.
And it always begins sometime. So today is a great day to start.
Meditation for Beginners
Whether you’re a beginner at meditation, you’ve fallen out of practice or you just can’t seem to do it, it’s like anything in life that’s beneficial, you just keep practicing.
You see, you’ve practiced yourself into a busy mind and now you’re changing it to be still, gentle and guided. Just like any change, it’s bound to be a little difficult at the beginning. In other words, none of us like failing and when you begin something new, you always fail at the beginning.
Release Meditation Expectations
But that’s only because you have expectations. So, let’s leave those expectations at the door and be gentle about your meditation practice. Meditation for beginners doesn’t mean you haven’t meditated before, it means you want to establish a practice that you can rely on to give you:
Overcoming the Frustration
Meditation can be frustrating at the beginning and that’s why many give up. “It’s just not working” is what I often hear. Or when I ask some of my clients whether they meditate, they say they tried it but couldn’t get the hang of it.
What they’re expecting are instant results and you can get those, but firstly you need to set your intentions from the beginning. Secondly, you need to take the pressure off yourself and let go of expectations. In other words, don’t set yourself up for failure.
If you sit for 20 minutes and your mind wanders all over the place then you could easily become frustrated. But, if you’ve set your intentions to just gently bring it back and redirect your thoughts when they wander, then you can congratulate yourself when you achieve that result. So, it’s taking small steps and congratulating your self on the little wins. That’s what builds a pattern of healing you can rely on.
Types of Meditation
There are many forms of relaxation methods which are meditation. Some you might do automatically if only for a little while. Some of these include:
- Meditation music permeates your inner thoughts and sets you up for relaxation
- Yoga in all it’s forms from Pranic yoga to Aqua yoga
- Mindfulness is the practice of becoming present in everyday life
- Guided meditation to that you can direct your mind and control those thoughts
- Focused meditation where you focus on one thing such as your breath
- Relationship Meditation to heal past relationships and create healthy loving ones moving forward
- Movement meditation such as Tai Chi or Qi Gong
- Healing Meditation to address aches or pains in your body
- Meditation for Healing others whether they’re present or absent
- Loving Meditation which we use Golden Light to cloak people in love
How to Succeed in Meditation
Just like anything in life, meditation is a practice. It takes practice to be good at everything, whether it’s riding a bicycle or baking a cake. The first time you did either, it probably didn’t end the way you expected, but you kept going anyway and you got better. You may have even become a triathlete or opened a café because you firstly established a practice and secondly, reaped the benefits.
For meditation, it helps to develop triggers. Meditation triggers are suggestions that provoke memories and transport you instantly and inwardly to a particular time and place. You have triggers for many things in life. It can be a smell that brings back a memory, a song that reminds you of time or person. In meditation, you develop triggers to transport you back to that place of peace and tranquility, instantly. So it won’t always be difficult. The trigger can be many things but often it is focused breathing or counting from 10-1. The advantage of a meditation trigger is that it can be used anywhere, anytime without anybody even knowing.
Handling Wandering Thoughts
No matter what skill you want to develop in life, whether it’s developing a software program or becoming a good parent, you won’t be able to focus on the task all the time. This means, sometimes you’ll do well and other times you’ll be disappointed. Your healing practice is no different.
When you try to empty your mind and stop the thoughts that are busy in your head, more thoughts seem to flood in to take their place. Just like clearing a puddle in the sand near the ocean. It just keeps filling up.
So instead of clearing your thoughts and aiming for no thoughts at all, it’s much easier to redirect your thoughts than it is to empty your mind. For this reason,
A. Using a guided meditation gives something to focus on that is moving and changing, and
B. Witnessing your thoughts as if an observer can redirect your focus.
How to Begin your Meditation Today
Begin with just two minutes
This is the way I suggest my clients begin meditation and it’s also the way you can begin too. With just two minutes a time, in a quiet place, even if it is the bathroom.
There are many ways to meditate, but to establish a practice for meditation, but if available use some meditation music and set yourself two minutes, three times a day. Just doing a little, but often is surprisingly beneficial.
Using a deep yoga breath (breathing into your stomach), focus on your breath, seeing it move in and out for two minutes. (If you’re asthmatic, just use a gentle breath). That’s it. Practicing this simple method three times a day is much more effective than trying to sit for 30 minutes and getting frustrated with a wandering mind. Begin with two minutes, three times a day and focus on your breathing. This is how you build a pattern of success at meditation practice.
Then you can increase the time from two minutes to five and keep going. You’re actually establishing a pattern and retraining your mind. This is the foundation for healing from the inside out. And all foundations even for buildings, take a while to establish, so keep going.
At the end of your meditation practice you’ll feel relaxed and refreshed. Meditating for 20 minutes is equivalent to sleeping for two hours and I’ve used this often on long-haul flights when I couldn’t sleep so that I’d feel refreshed at the other end without jet lag.
The Benefits of a Meditation Practice
- Stress Release
- Pain Relief
- Improved sleep
- Clarity and focus
- Make Better Decisions
- Amplified Mood
- Counteract Jet lag
This all adds up to a better life, and that’s why we call it Healing from the Inside Out.
Isn’t that what we all want? Happy, healthy, happy, healthy, happy, healthy.
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Who am I?
I’m Gayle Maree, creator of 6 Dimensions of Healing, author, mother of 7 and Spiritual Counselor for over 23 years.
Someone once told me (a well-respected mentor) that people need “experts” to live a life they value… and I didn’t believe them.
I thought everybody could do it on their own because I did. I figured out what didn’t work in my life and then I changed it. Actually, I changed me. And it was a LOT of work!
Not because I was trying to impress those that told me I had a ‘bad attitude’ or I had something to prove to people who thought I was lousy at pretty well everything, but because there were aspects of me that even I didn’t like. I wanted improvements in me and my life.
Change Versus Comfort
It was obvious to me that if I didn’t make changes I could expect more of the same in my life as before. The same things that didn’t work, the same relationships that my parents had.
I wanted more. Mostly, I wanted my kids to be proud of me. Damn it, I wanted to be proud of myself.
So, I set about what would be a continuous, amazing journey.
I’ve been with my Spiritual Soulmate over 30 years now and we still work on the relationship, we work on improving us, because we know that whatever we want, to get it we need to be different to how we were.
And I listen so much more now because I value the wisdom of my non-physical guides who have been with me for as long as I can remember.
Now it’s your turn
This is the same path I used to make the changes that led to a valued and prosperous life. So much more than I ever imagined.
The path is laid out in our book 6 Dimensions of Healing