9 Tips for Successful Meditation that Guarantee Results!
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You’ve probably heard over and over again that meditation is very beneficial for your health and well-being.
Numerous scientific studies have demonstrated that meditation supports the healing of physical conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and chronic pain. And, it has also proven to be helpful alleviating anxiety and depression and is a great way to de-stress.
Sounds promising, but if you’re like me, you’ve probably also struggled with learning how to meditate.
Many people shy away from even attempting to mediate because they believe they don’t have enough time, it’s too difficult to learn, or they don’t know what form of meditation to choose.
Maybe you’ve always wanted to try meditation but you weren’t sure how to begin.
The truth is, meditating is not rocket science, and you can learn it in a short amount of time.
Let’s take a look at some answers I recently came across in Dr. Friedemann Schaub’s book, The Fear & Anxiety Solution.
So, what is meditation?
Meditation is not a religion or magic; it a tool that facilitates the communication between your mind, body, and spirit.
Meditation creates the stillness and space that allows you to realign yourself with your core essence so that you can gain a more centered and balanced perspective of yourself and your life.
Through this realignment process, you are building a solid foundation of self-worth and inner peace, and you’re also restoring your mind and body to its original energetic blueprint of health and well-being.
Why does my mind start racing when I meditate?
Meditation is like “taking a mental shower” or “housecleaning for our subconscious mind.”
When you start practicing, the mind races, thoughts fly in from seemingly nowhere, and repetitive thinking patterns become more prominent. You can compare this to dust flying when you start cleaning up.
It’s normal and OK to have your mind freak out a bit while you’re trying to find peace and harmony.
When you realize that every thought that bubbles up is actually a thought that is on its way out of your subconscious (as long as you choose not to attach to it), you can begin to enjoy watching these thoughts surface and then float away.
How can I stay focused during my meditations?
MEDITATION IS NOT ABOUT LEARNING TO CONTROL YOU MIND!
Rather meditating is creating the sacred space that allows your conscious, subconscious, and higher consciousness to come into balance.
Think of the mind as a puppy that needs to be house-trained. You understand that your adorable puppy is learning and that it can’t do so without your guidance, so you don’t judge it for not understanding what to do right away.
If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath, your inner focus, or to the sensations in your body in the present moment, without judgment.
Each time you are able to refocus your mind on the meditation, you are building new neural pathways to your brain reinforcing a sense of calm and balance and creating a new way of “being” in the present moment.
This new way of being will allow you to stay calm and centered no matter what storms brew around you. You will have the ability to consciously respond rather than unconsciously react to the world around you.
True freedom comes from the power to choose a response rather than react from default mode.
How should I meditate?
Try these 9 Tips for Successful Meditation for the next 40 days and prepare to be amazed at the results!
- Create a safe and sacred space where you will not be interrupted. Let your family and/or friends know what you are doing and request their support.
- Make the body as comfortable as possible by lying down on your back with support under your head and knees.
- Close your eyes bringing your focus inward.
- Use your breath, a mantra, or a guided meditation to bring you back to the present moment; again and again.
- Set a timer or follow a guided meditation. I love the Calm app!
- Practice 5-10 minutes every day for 40 days to create a habit like brushing your teeth.
- Choose a consistent time of day that works best for your schedule. Don’t worry if you fall asleep for all or part of the meditation. Your mind, body, and soul needed it.
- Be kind and compassionate to yourself as you learn. If you miss a day, just pick it up the next day. If your mind is overly busy during the session, congratulate yourself for even attempting.
- Celebrate the completion of each session with the same enthusiasm you would feel if your favorite sports team just scored a goal!
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Denise Bischof is a certified life coach and yoga teacher whose compassionate and intuitive teaching style inspires others on their journey of healing and self-discovery; encouraging deep nourishment, self-love, and connection to their authentic Truth as a spiritual human being that brings joy, peace, and abundant health.
Through her Integrative Life Coaching program, Denise offers clients a unique, holistic approach to true and lasting transformation that unifies the mind, body, and soul.