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Meditation: You vs. You

Meditation provides a connection to an expansive realm. It’s more than a space of quietness and stillness. Meditation practice gives one the ability to go deep into the unknown with concentration and focus. Being with all that is– the Universe, Source, God– whatever it means to you. One typically tries meditation to change. To change, one has to get beyond the body and mind.

I began my practice with little expectations. I wanted to quiet my mind. I’d use various methods for guidance to discover what I enjoyed. There were apps I’d use, but sounds became my go-to. The tranquil sound of a stream of water in a vibrant green, dense, lush forest. I’d visualize sitting, grounding near this flowing water in the Mendocino Forest. Then I began meditating in silence. I’d sit with the stillness holding me, focusing on my breath when my mind got noisy. My practice went from 10 minutes to a consistent 20 minutes a day.

Now it’s been over a year, and I am meditating 30 minutes minimum up to 1-2 hours a day. Around the time I went to Dr. Joe Dispenza’s weekend retreat, my coherency began allowing for shorter meditation times.

The duration varies each time you practice. There are no set rules. It is your practice. It may feel strange for the mind that is always thinking, planning, and doing. But have patience. The practice of meditation will allow for more patience.

I believe meditating in the morning is the best time– making it a habit like brushing your teeth. Meditate in the morning to overcome yourself. Overcoming the mind, so we can overcome anything or anybody throughout the day.

My mind still wants to grab my attention while meditating. Know it gets better. When I have thoughts coming through, I go back to my breath and hold my attention in the space of nothingness. I remind myself that I require this time to meditate that much more. I am in connection to being, overcoming my body once again. When I am centered, issues throughout the day become a lot easier. When I allow myself to accept this peace, I flow more freely in rhythm.

Find what works for you. Meditation is also focused attention. Mindfulness meditation is being with the task at hand. We meditate often throughout our day. Perhaps, when you brush your teeth, your mind is just doing that focused task and thinking of nothing else. You can meditate while taking a walk and only focus on the stimulation from your senses– what you see, smell, and hear. There's also using a candle flame, or any such focal point, to maintain your attention. Where you place your attention, is where you place your energy.

Meditation has been transformational. And with practice, I’ve uncovered so much beauty in the simplest moments of just being my truest essence.

Meditation practice allows you to get in touch with being. A coherent mind and heart, which you intend through meditation practice, provides alignment, synchronicities, and manifestations in your life. We want to create our reality and not be a byproduct of it.

One’s attention span is short. We have a lot at our fingertips and equally as much on our minds. People have to schedule self-care appointments, which I support. We should schedule a time to meditate. No need to complicate meditation practice. Anything we want to get well at takes practice.

clear mind in meditation


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