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Meaningful Mindfulness

on April 15, 2015

Mis for Meditation.

Just breathe. It can be difficult to do in our daily lives with stress from work piling up as we try to beat the clock and fit everything in. Our thoughts might race around much like we do from home to the office to the various family activities and obligations.  If you’re like me, maybe you’ve thought about trying meditation before, but weren’t sure how to begin, if you were doing it right or had problems quieting your mind. That’s okay. The important thing to remember is “it’s called practice for a reason.” (Miracles Now, p. 13)

Curious to try and looking to find out more about the process, I signed up to participate in Oprah and Deepak Chopra’s 21 Day Mediation series. Each series has a theme with each day building on the last. There are excellent resources, thought provoking questions, and an opportunity to keep an online journal. It was a wonderful introduction and way to take a break and relax each day. (Is is just me, or is Deepak’s voice soothing?) 🙂

In a video from the Chopra Centre for Mediation, Deepak explains how to start meditating.

 Mr. Chopra says that meditation is a way to tune in (not out) and get in touch with it all. We do it because we are looking to find peace within. If we focus on being present or being in the moment, it can help us to find that peace.

The easiest way to begin is to:

  • find a comfortable place where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Sit comfortably, close your eyes and relax your body, hands in lap.
  • Mantras – specific words or sounds can help focus the mind.
  • Just let thoughts pass through as they come. Don’t overanalyze. Return your focus to your breath.
  • If sensations come up, such as an itch, don’t fight them. Recognize them, but don’t dwell. That is ‘doing’, instead of just ‘being’ which is what you want – to just relax and go with the flow.
  • Meditation works best when you allow and are not trying to hard. it is when you are not trying that you will reach the ‘space between thoughts.’

Gabrielle Berstein, author of Miracles Now, says anyone can do it, if they are willing and want it. We can make the time.  One minute can be enough. She also emphasizes the importance of proper breathing, deep, slow breaths in through the diaphragm as it expands, and out as it contracts. You can tell if you are doing this right by placing your hand on your stomach and feeling the expanding/contracting. (Miracles, p.71) She also has excellent resources and tips for beginners on her website.

Here is Gabrielle demonstrating a simple meditation “Peace is in Your Pulse” from her book.

Sources:

Deepak Chopra on Meditation

http://www.chopracentermeditation.com/resource/1-prepare_for_meditation

http://www.chopracentermeditation.com/resource/5-sensations_during_meditation

Gabrielle Berstein

http://gabbyb.tv/meditations-2/beginners-guide-to-meditation

Berstein, Gabrielle. Miracles Now. Hay House Inc., Carlsbad, CA., USA, 2014.

* DISCLAIMER: I do not receive any compensation from nor am I affiliated with these businesses. I only share because I enjoyed what they offer and feel others could benefit. Thank you. 🙂

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