The power of meditation is no joke, it’s fact it’s proven that meditation can prevent heart disease, reduce stress, significantly lessen ADHD symptoms, and in many cases, beats medication*. Meditation has allowed me to become a better person, reach my dreams, accomplish goals, start new businesses, come up with incredible ideas, fuel my creative mind, maintain a healthy body and mind, and find inner peace.
I remember the first time I attempted to meditate, I had no idea what I was doing, all I knew was I was supposed to quiet my thoughts and find peace. Whaaa? Quiet my thoughts?
When I first attempted to meditate several years ago, my thoughts did not go away. It actually felt like my thoughts increased – I was thinking “I am I doing this right, go away thoughts I am supposed be meditating, where am I going, what am I doing, stop thinking…”. So what was I doing wrong?
I asked my Father-in-Law Craig Bullock, a spiritual guru, Kriya Yoga teacher, writer, teacher, lecturer, and psychotherapist, how to meditate. After several years of practice, his advice, and many spiritual books* later, I think I’ve got it.
The best meditation I have experienced is when I do it every morning after I wake and consecutively – that’s right, everyday. My technique has evolved to a sweet spot -a place where I actually feel like the person sitting in space (like the artwork above). I feel powerful, full of light, capable, connected to my inner-self, happy, balanced – basically every good feeling I could have, I feel it during and after meditation.
Here is my daily meditation routine:
- I wake, find a quiet place to sit, then start my timer for 15 minutes.
- I close my eyes and imagine my entire body full of light – the brightest and most beautiful light I can imagine – like the sun.
- As I breath in, the light flows upward from my toes and fingertips to my belly, to my heart then finally to my head.
- Then I exhale and my inner-light flows back down from my head, to my heart, to my belly, to my fingers and toes.
- As thoughts come, I calmly listen and then let it go. Some thoughts may linger and that’s ok. Give them attention if they deserve it. If they do not, let them go.
- I imagine myself fulfilling my dream, my purpose and it’s beautiful. Throughout the 15 minutes I let thoughts come and go, giving them my positive energy and love.
- When the 15 minutes are up, I write down any ideas or thoughts that come to me that are worth saving.
- Then I go forth with my day feeling balanced, more creative and full of light and power.
So, that’s my routine, what’s yours? How has it helped you?
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*Facts gathered from here.
**I have found amazing help and direction with the book The Magical Path: Creating the Life of Your Dreams and a World That Works for All, I recommend reading it when you’re ready to create the life of your dreams.
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