Meditation is the key to unlock everything you are and everything you want out of life. The list of the benefits of a regular meditation practice are endless but to name a few it offers the potential to increase your Spiritual connection, aid in reducing your anxiety and stress levels, improve your sleep quality, increase your ability to focus and be more present, as well as offering you an opportunity to seek guidance and wisdom from within.
Now, I know what a lot of you are saying,” That’s great and all but I CAN’T meditate”………. Well get ready for some good news!! YOU ARE NOT ALONE……. which means YES YOU CAN!!!
The truth is most of us have a difficult time being able to meditate at first. Often times I think we have a preconceived notion that we are supposed to be able to sit quietly on a rock somewhere humming to ourselves and finding instant enlightenment. But in fact that is not what meditation is about at all.
Yes there are forms of meditation where the goal may be to achieve exactly what I just described but for most of us simply beginning a regular practice of creating time and space for ourselves to check out of our Worldly worries and check in with Spirit can be much simpler and the best news is there is no right or wrong way to do it.
If you have been struggling with your current meditation practice or are considering beginning a meditation practice consider follow these simple steps to establish a strong foundation for the new or perhaps re-visited journey you are about to begin.
Step 1: “If you build it, they will come”- First step is the simplest of all. Show up. Decide that your personal energy and well being is important enough to find the time to dedicate to your own meditation practice. Start small, begin with setting aside 5, 10, 15, or 20 minutes for yourself each day, find a spot that you want to use as your Sacred Space and choose a time that will work best with your busy schedule. Tip: If you consistently meditate at the same time and in the same place every day it can assist in increasing your connection. Your Higher Self and Your Guides know exactly where to be and when to be there and your brain will start to associate that time and place with the act of meditating.
Step 2: Once you have found your sacred space take some time to make it sacred. Start by decluttering the room if necessary and use a clearing agent, such as Sage, to cleanse and clear the spaces energy. This step is an important one to remember. We want to make sure that we are setting very clear intentions for the type of experience we want to have and we want to ask that the meditation ” be for your highest and best good.” Once your space is cleared, say a prayer or set your intentions for your mediation. You can pray to whomever vibes for you; Jesus, Buddha, Allah, Ganesha, the Universe……. whatever that driving God force is for you and ask that they assist you in being able to disconnect from any worries and that they protect you while you open yourself to receive guidance and wisdom. Tip: Incense, herbs, candles, crystals, and essential oils are a great additive to any sacred space. Be sure to find whatever “speaks to you” and fill your sacred space with those things. It can be fun to piece together new and old things to give it a Gypsy feel 😉
Step 3: Discover what type of mediation works for you! This is the fun part and truthfully you may want to start this before Step 1. With so many different forms of meditation out there it can seem like a daunting task to choose the best fit for you. Often times it may take a few try’s with a few different modalities to find the best fit but with a little persistence, an open mind, and some commitment you will find your niche. Tip: YouTube can be a great source for sampling different meditation modalities and you may also want to check your local area to see if any group meditations are offered. While the internet is a great source of information and an excellent way to hear the opinions of others be sure to listen to yourself first. Meditation is a personal journey and no two journeys look exactly alike
Step 4: Stop telling yourself to shut up! Many people, myself included, have a difficult time quieting their mind. I spent many meditations thinking constantly about trying not to think…… obviously that didn’t work too well. We are humans. Our brains are built to think and with busy lives and countless responsibilities it is unreasonable to think that you will find your mind totally blank. The key is to see the thought coming in, give it recognition, and set it aside for later. You can use visualizations such as a bubble or balloon or you can keep a special box in your minds eye to tuck the thoughts away for later. Remember that the more you practice the easier this becomes and the more likely your brain is to be an active participant in the “quieting” process. Tip: Crystal Bowl Meditations can be an excellent meditation for experts and beginners alike. The bowls are attuned to the different chakra, or energy points, in the body and work to balance and realign while you listen. The tones that the bowls give off have been known assist the brain in switching to a deeper place of consciousness making it easier to meditate.
Step 5: Be open minded. Meditation is called a practice for a reason. While it is one of the easiest ways we can benefit ourselves it is also a journey where the magic really happens along the way. What you experience from meditation can vary from a variety of things such as relaxation, clarity, increased intuitiveness, guidance, messages from loved ones, you may see things, feel things, hear things….. you may astral travel. Whatever your experience is try not to judge it and try to remain open minded. Tip: It is a good idea to keep a journal handy. This way you can jot down the date, time, how you feel and anything you may have experienced. They things we experience early on in our meditation practice may help us to better understand what we experience later on. What better way to remember than to have it written down!
Love & Light,
Nikki D. , The Gypsy Sea Witch