If you are not doing this yet then you are missing out!
It’s no secret that more and more people are turning to a holistic approach to their health and well-being these days.
Just know that it’s not all seemingly impossible yoga poses, juicing kale and sipping on herbal concoctions made by a medicine man/woman. (The latter of which we don’t encourage as a hobby)
We are believers that we shouldn’t have to rely on external substances to alter our state of consciousness and that just as much pleasure (or even more!) can be experienced through other means such as meditation.
This was even concluded from a study in a book by Gary Webber called Beyond Thought. The pleasure from sexual orgasm ranked 8.5/10, psychedelics ranked 9 and the non dual state from meditation ranked 10/10.
Some people get scared when you say “just meditate!” You might think that means clearing your mind, sitting in silence, not thinking AND while some people do meditate in silence it’s pretty unusual that they wouldn’t have any thoughts running through their mind (especially to start with).
Meditation starts with actually being AWARE of your thoughts. It’s detaching from them and seeing them come and go. It’s realising you are NOT your thoughts but actually the presence observing them. Although there are many different forms of meditation this is pretty much the basic concept to grasp at first.
Once we are able to detach from this sense of self that we believe is what we are then we can eventually let go of the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and start to feel the real divine presence of our true being.
When we transcend beyond this from what some would call the ego we can begin to realise that there are no boundaries or limits to what we can achieve.
So, if you’re new to meditation or have tried it but didn’t like it, here’s a few different types you could start with or try out...
Basic meditation with breath
1. Sit in a comfortable position, maybe set yourself a timer for 5 minutes or longer if you wish. Make sure your back is as upright as possible and use cushions to support if needed. If you are sitting in a chair then uncross your legs and place your feet flat on the ground.
2. Bring your awareness to your breath and just notice how you are breathing. Most of us tend to breath from our chest and take shallow breaths. Try to take a deep breath from your belly. Using your IN breath push you stomach all the way out until it expands fully. You should then notice that the air than fill ups from what feels like the bottom of your lungs to the top like a wave.
3. Then on your OUT breath feel your stomach move back in gently allowing your breath to leave.
Tip: Try to make your in and out breath the same length. You could do this by counting 1,2,3,4 etc. If you are a shallow breather then maybe start of with a count of 3 and then the next time you practice extend it to 4 seconds, then 5 and so on. A real full deep breath could last about 7/8 seconds with a bit of practice.
This meditation should help you to feel more relaxed and after some regular practice you should notice that you are breathing more deeply all the time as a result of it.
2. Meditation using sound
There are many, many different sound meditations, from different relaxing music tracks, sound waves or instruments like Tibetan or crystal bowls. All are beautiful and can take you on a deep journey if you let them.
Depending on your taste and your mood you could try a few different ones out. If you can go to a live sound meditation that’s even better but if you listen to one at home then it’s usually more effective to use headphones as you can really immerse yourself into it.
Here are some different types you could try out on YouTube, just search the following:
•binaural beats meditation
•crystal bowl meditation
•relaxing music meditation
I would recommend to use your breath as above to help you focus inwards as you start the meditation. Really feel the sounds moving through your body with the breath while you relax into it.
If you find yourself getting lost in thought then a way you can bring your focus back could be to imagine a blank piece of paper in front of you every time. These meditations can be great in evenings after a long or busy day.
3. Transcendental meditation or mantra meditation.
These meditations involve repeating a mantra or a phrase either out loud or silently.
With transcendental meditation the idea is to repeat your given mantra silently for about 15-20 minutes twice a day. This meditation and the mantras are taught only by qualified trainers to preserve the purity of the teaching. There is a belief that keeping the mantra silent and to yourself helps you to focus inwards, not outwards which is the basis of this practice.
If you don’t want to spend money on transcendental meditation than you can find many Mantra meditations on YouTube. Deepak Chopra does some great free courses with effective short meditations to follow everyday.
So pick a meditation commit to it everyday for at least 21 days and you WILL notice a difference. The more you do it the more your life can change in amazing possitive ways!
If you have any questions about meditation or would like some more support and guidance just send us a message and we'll get back to you asap.
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