Meditation is quite simply the act of silencing the mind and finding your inner peace. Everyone you speak to about the practice of meditation is likely to tell you how life-changing it is. You rarely hear anyone who practices meditation correctly, say anything less than how amazing it makes them feel. Most people initially procrastinate on the idea of meditation because of how time-consuming and long-winded it seems. However, it doesn’t need to be this way. Hopefully this post below by John, will clarify the different ways you can incorporate meditation into your daily lives by outlining a variety of simple meditation techniques.
I cannot overemphasize the benefits of daily meditation as an integral part of a Law of Attraction practice. It has long been known that meditation can lower blood pressure and helps with depression and anxiety. In addition, meditation clears the mind and releases resistance, which in turn allows your desires to start flowing more naturally to you. As a bonus, meditation creates a fertile state for imaginative ideas to flow from inside. There’s actually an endless list of benefits that meditation brings, and we’ll have to capture these someday in a separate post.
There are many types of meditation practices. A comprehensive description of the types of meditation would take a great deal of time. Instead, I will talk about some simple meditations that a busy person might use in this article. I will also present a simple mindfulness meditation that can be used. It will be up to you to explore further and decide upon a meditation practice if you so choose.
This mindfulness meditation was adapted from a Buddhist meditation called Vipassana. Start by choosing a quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Then sit in a comfortable position. You can sit in a traditional cross-legged position or in any other position that is comfortable. You can use a chair if you want. It is important to keep your spine straight to prevent you from becoming sluggish or sleepy. Initially, the goal of meditation is to lessen distractions and clear your mind.
Sit with your eyes closed and turn your attention to your breathing. Breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils. Do not attempt to control your breath. Now become aware of the breath as it enters and exits the nostrils. This sensation will be the object of your meditation. Try to focus on it only.
Your thoughts will eventually stray to more mundane matters. That is perfectly alright. As soon as you realize your thoughts have strayed, return your focus to the breath. Use a timer and do this for fifteen to thirty minutes per day. Just like anything, this requires practice. Try to avoid frustration with the process. On some days, meditation will work better than on others.
Transcendental Meditation uses a repeated word or “mantra”, and is practised twice daily for 15-20 minutes. It was first developed in India and was introduced to the world by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Certified teachers teach it for a standard fee. You sit comfortably with your eyes closed during the meditation. There are many scientific studies showing the benefits of Transcendental Meditation.
Centering Prayer is a westernized form of meditation in the Christian tradition. Its main proponent is Father Thomas Keating. First you choose a “sacred word” which resonates with you, such as “Yeshua” (Jesus). You then sit comfortably, close your eyes and silently repeat the word in your mind. As your attention wanders, return your mind to the sacred word. I used this method for many years with good results.
Attraction and Desire with a Meditation Practice
Be aware that some meditation practices have associated philosophies that encourage the releasing of desires. This would imply that desires themselves are undesirable (strange logic). Law of Attraction teachers, however, will tell you that there is nothing wrong with a healthy desire and that it is the resistance, not the desire, which you want to release.
There are soundtracks available using binaural beats technology that can entrain your brainwaves into theta states similar to those of someone who is meditating. You need to use headphones to get the full effect. After using some of these products, I can attest to the fact that they do move your brain activity into different states as advertised. However, I don’t know that the long term benefits are the same as meditation. Through meditation, you learn to move on your own into higher states of consciousness. There are plenty of meditation sounds that can be found on YouTube; you will have to decided which ones work best for you.
Guided Meditations are available from various sources as audio programs on CD or MP3 format. A guided meditation is one where the leader speaks a narrative, usually to background music. The words lead you into a deeper meditation. For some people that have difficulty meditating on their own, guided meditations are a good idea. Guided meditations are particularly good for noisy or busy places such as public transportation.
Times and Places for Meditation
While it is best to practice meditation in a quiet, private place, with practice you can meditate in other places. Any place where you can find a moment of aloneness will do. Public transportation, airports, parked cars and public parks all are places where you can practice meditation. You may need to use background music or guided meditations through headphones to offset any noise in the environment.
Of course, don’t meditate or listen to guided meditations while driving or operating equipment.
There is an abundance of meditation teachers and classes both in person and online. Techniques range from the simple (like the one in this article) to in-depth multi-year programs. Sometimes a good teacher can help you if you have any difficulties meditating.
Regularity of Practice
To achieve the full benefit, you should meditate at least once daily, for at twenty minutes to one half hour. It is important to be regular and not skip days if at all possible. Once you have developed a consistent practice, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it.
Using Affirmations with Meditation
Affirmations are affirmative statements used by students of the Law of Attraction describing their reality as they see it and know it. For instance, “I am attracting wealth everyday” is an affirmation. If you use your affirmations when you are not feeling in alignment, you will not get the benefit that you seek. Instead, use your affirmations after your meditation, when you are in a higher vibrational state and more receptive.
I hope that you find this article helpful on you journey to attraction. Namaste and unconditional love to you.
Author: John Baylor
I am the founder of Attraction Matters. Personally, I’ve seen the law of attraction working in my own life as I’ve been able to release limiting beliefs and hold my alignment. There are definite correlations between my sustained alignment and good things showing up.