Meditation Is a Gateway to Mental Well-Being and Beyond
Quiet the Mind by learning to control your thoughts. Does this sound possible to you? It can be possible and I wish to assist you in getting started along this wonderful path. First, please let me explain to you everything you are about to read is from my personal point of view. This personal point of view is from years of reflection, testing, learning, researching, reading, attempting, testing and reflection. I have zero scientific or medical background nor study. Should you be in a position where you think you require immediate attention from professional service providers please stop reading now and contact whom you need to speak with.
Should you wish to continue-my writing which follows explains to some extent what meditation means to me. Along with the importance of meditation in my life as one of my daily disciplines. Let’s get on with the show, shall we?
Meditation is simply quieting the mind. Nothing more, nothing less. As with anything else which in essence is simple, meditation is contrived to appear complicated by those wishing to confuse you in order to sell you something. I am not here to sell you anything. My position is one of love and giving to you as a way to pay forward to others by which I have been grateful having gotten myself along the journey of this life.
At it’s roots, Meditation is quieting the mind. Yes there is many types of meditations, locations from which they originate and so forth. For the moment, I would like a favor by asking of you to not think about the volume of meditations available and simply focus upon meditation. Stay close by my side, ok?
The main objective of learning to meditate is not anything more than to shut the voice, voices and or noise off as much as possible which is playing non stop in your mind. Have you ever had a neighbor whom the adults have gone out or away for the weekend and the kid(s) have friends over? While trying to go about your normal routine of the evening whether watching TV, reading or attempting to sleep the noise from next door just will not allow you to relax as you normally do, right?
Now with this example consider how your mind must feel! Radio. Ambient noise from the world. Work. Your home. Radio. TV. Spotify. Podcasts. YouTube. Facebook. Twitter. SnapChat. Instagram. Email. The Internet. Alexa. Your dog. Your kids. Your kids’ teacher(s). The school buses. Traffic. Texts. Phone calls. Push notifications. Calendar reminders. Sirens. Construction. All this before adding a single thought to the mix!
Holy crap! As Frank on Everybody Loves Raymond was known for saying. (Often towards Marie)
No wonder you are overwhelmed! Tired! Fatigued. Develop odd food cravings.
Okay, you agree with the similarities thus far and are still reading. Good. Now to the meat and potatoes.
First, plan to start off small. You are not going to go from not having ever mediated to transcending realms onto other planets in other universes your first or four thousandth time. Sorry. Your simple, singular goal is to provide your mind the break it needs. Keep in mind (pun?) the sheer amount of bombardment your mind is withstanding. Even if you are able at this point to stop the madness for even five seconds it is five seconds more than your mind has ever experienced!
Find yourself a quiet space. This does not have to be a Lewis and Clark expedition level endeavor. Your car. An unused conference room. An empty space. A lonely elevator. Or something similar is all you need. Keep in mind you are not planting roots. You are simply working towards learning the basics of meditation to make it habit at this point.
Found a quiet space? Now sit comfortably and close your eyes. Well not yet because there is more to read but closing your eyes would be the next step.
When starting out with meditation the easiest way to start learning how to use this tool is by simply focusing upon your breathing. Just listen and feel it entering through your nose. Then feel the warmth of your breath as it exits your body.
You can focus upon your breath intently.
You can count 1 as you inhale. 1 as You exhale. 2 as you inhale, 2 as you exhale
You can use colors for your breath like imagining blue as it enters and red as it leaves
The purpose here is to start training your mind. By focusing upon your breath is the easiest way to start down, or up, the meditation path. Focusing on your breath helps you to start forgetting about the noise and your thoughts. As Seth Godin likes to say, “Quiet the Reptile Part of Your Brain”
Remember the purpose of meditation is to quiet the mind. Do not add additional things to quiet down in your mind like thoughts of not doing it right or this will never work. Leave those thoughts outside forever more!
The second part of learning to meditate is you have to do it daily! At least once a day you must. If you wish to do several times a day, this is fine too. Keep in mind you cannot practice meditation five times on Monday and not again until Saturday. Small daily increments is mandatory. Got it?
Should you wish to practice more than once a day, wonderful. You have to promise yourself you will practice mediation at least once a day every day before adding anything more to your plate. Got it?
Hey I know you are busy. I appreciate you stopping by and staying as long as you have. In quick summation there are three keys to getting started with meditation.
1 – Do not allow the subject of meditation overwhelm you. At it’s core, Meditation is a Simple Tool which which is available for anyone to start using!
2 – Start Small. Remember the first time Pole Vaulter did not clear 15 feet their first try!
3 – Promise yourself to Practice Meditation Daily. Do not look too far ahead on your calendar with big aspirations. Just meditate at least once a day and mark it down on your calendar as a reward for having done so. I promise if you do, you will look one day and realize several days, weeks or months have gone by.
Go back to when I mentioned even if you can quiet your mind for 5 seconds. 5 seconds a day for 30 days is 150 seconds or over 2 minutes! Starting to see how slow and steady wins the race?
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