Taking time to quiet yourself and become present in the moment daily is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself. I don’t feel that there is a right or wrong way of meditating or only one form of meditation. The goal of meditation isn’t to quiet your mind to a place where your thoughts are obsolete either. Meditation is a serene place where you tune into your heart, mind, and spirit while strengthening your awareness of what is not seen but felt and experienced.
Meditation can be done at any time of the day as a tool to assist in this life of duality and constant change.
I personally enjoy guided meditations the most. Yet there are also times when sitting in silence or with meditation music is also preferred and loved. It mainly depends upon what my intention is and what I need when I am going to begin a meditation.
I currently have two favorite guided meditations that I’ve been using consistently for a few years now. The first is a 30 minute Chakra Clearing Meditation by Doreen Virtue on YouTube. The second is an hour long Angel Therapy Meditation by Doreen Virtue which she shares once signing up for her website newsletter. One of the benefits that I have found specifically working with Doreen Virtue’s guided meditations is that I learned how to clear my aura/energy field, do energetic cord cutting from unhealthy relationships, and learn more about Archangels.
With guided meditations it can be helpful to listen and focus on what the speaker is saying.
Even during guided meditations my mind can wander for a moment before returning my awareness to the speaker. I never worry about it though. There are times when I will even fall asleep during the meditation, yet I know that my subconscious is still aware of everything being said. I usually feel very relaxed afterwards either way.
First thing in the morning, right before falling asleep at night, or anytime throughout the day is a wonderful time to check in with where you are and meditate.
Taking 15-20 minutes right when you wake up to set an intention for the day with deep cleansing breaths while finding gratitude is a very simple yet effective form of meditation. At night before going to sleep you can also take 15-20 minutes to breath deeply, find gratitude, and set an intention for a peaceful and restful sleep. If you have a devotional practice this can be done before, after, or however feels right to you.
Sometimes it can feel daunting to meditate for 15-20 minutes when you are beginning a meditation practice. This is one reason I found it helpful to set an intention and focus on my breath. I observe any other thoughts that may come and go after the intention is set and again focus on my breath. I take notice of any tension in areas of my body, and also if something is emotionally bothering me.
I pay attention to any intuitive messages I may receive through thoughts and/or mental images during my meditation.
I also receive angel messages which are usually action steps which come in the form of a gentle command beginning with a verb. Other forms of meditation include repeating an affirmation or mantra in your mind while breathing deeply. Counting from 1-10 with each inhale and exhale is another simple meditation technique.
Gentle yoga, Tai Chi, or any other conscious movement can be great forms of meditation. Actually any form of calming every day activity such as taking a walk in nature or even doing the dishes can be meditative if you are 100% present in the moment, your thoughts, and your breath without distraction. Conscious moving meditation is a great way to tune in especially if you are a busy body and need a way to begin your practice.
Taking breaks from our constantly inundated society away from news, technology, social media, smart phones, and other forms of entertainment can create balance and serenity to your life. Being a busy body without breaks or conscious breathing moments can make you uptight and cranky. Meditation is one of the best tools to help deal with stressful life events, deepen your spiritual practice, strengthen your devotional studies, and become more in tune and at peace with who you truly are.
Do you have a meditation practice?
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