My Simple Guide To Meditation

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 ” Meditation is all about the pursuit of nothingness. It’s like the ultimate rest. It’s better than the best sleep you’ve ever had. It’s a quieting of the mind. It sharpens everything, especially your appreciation of your surroundings. It keeps life fresh.” – Hugh Jackman

I talked about the benefits of meditation here, but today I want to talk about my own way of meditating.

Keep in mind, that there are several ways how you can meditate and my approach should just serve as a starting point for you. There is no one true way to meditate, just try to find a way that works for you and try to stick with it, because in the end it`s practice that makes perfect and the benefits come with time.

Simple Meditation Guide:

 

First Step:

Find a comfortable place to sit. It can be a chair, your bed or a sofa. Don’t make it too complicated. You don’t have to sit like a monk, but you can if you want. I usually sit on a simple chair, because it allows me to hold my back straight.

The important thing is to sit and hold your back straight. Do not lay down, because you may fall asleep.

Second Step:

Set an alarm for 11 minutes. You will need a minute to get into the meditative state. The goal is to meditate up to 10 minutes a day. This should be enough to start seeing the benefits mentioned in my last post.

Third Step:

Remember to keep your back straight. Now start focusing on your breath. Yes, it’s that simple. Notice the air coming in-and-out through your nostrils. Try to keep as focused as possible on your breathing-patterns.

Fourth Step:

You can keep your eyes open or closed. Whatever increases your focus. Additionaly, try to keep your breathing as light and quiet as possible.

Fifth Step:

Eventually a thought will cross your mind and interrupt your focus. But don’t worry! This happens even to the best of us.

The key is not to resist it! Do not give in. Just accept the thought as it crosses your mind and be simply aware of it. But don’t judge yourself for loosing your focus, just let it pass by. Then quickly change your focus back to your breathing. And that’s it! You are meditating.

I would advise you in the beginning to start out with 2 minutes, because otherwise you’ll get overwhelmed with all your thoughts.

Entertaining Thought:

The process of not giving in to every thought, while meditating will make you more aware of your thoughts and will give you the ability to control your mind, once you practiced it long enough!

Thanks for reading..Keep Improving!

PS. If you have any questions, be sure to ask them below!

J.

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Recommended Reading:
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment* by Eckhart Tolle.

Eckhart Tolle teaches in his bestseller a number of methods for accessing the natural purity of one’s awareness, including mindfulness meditation on the body, silence, and space.

*affiliate link – meaning I get a commission, but I would recommend the book either way.

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  • Phil

    I really liked your approach on meditation.

    Keep the posts coming:)

  • James Lacroix

    Thanks Phil!
    Appreciate the comment..

  • RowRow

    Hi James!

    Already bought the book you recommended..

    Cheers RowRow

  • Ben

    Should your eyes be closed?

  • James Lacroix

    #RowRow

    Hope you enjoy it! Eckhart Tolle is one of my favourite authors.

    #Ben

    Whatever makes it more easy for you to focus. I however prefer to keep them closed.

  • Sam A

    Just letting you know that I read the post and thoroughly enjoyed it. Obviously only for beginners, but it was the short post I needed just to sit down and try it for 10 minutes, and it worked! Just need to keep on, because my mind has been completely cluttered with worries and anxieties lately.

  • James Lacroix

    #Sam A

    Thanks for the nice comment Sam. I appreciate it!:)

    And don’t forget: worries and anxieties are made in your mind through thoughts..and that’s were you have to tackle those negative-thought patterns – through meditation!

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