What are your first thoughts about Meditating? Something like this, right?
We tend to feel overwhelmed before we even start to practice Meditation and when we give it a go we often curse our thoughts for being there. But here’s the thing, our thoughts are always going to be there and quite frankly we should’t want them to stop.
“It’s the heart that knows the path. The mind is just there to organise the steps.” -Jeff Brown
What we need to do instead is visualise those thoughts like sweet birds, or autumn leaves rustling on the tree. Does it bother you when the leaves are making noise? Or the gurgle of the Magpies? Just like those sounds, hear your thoughts like you hear those leaves. Our thoughts are there but we don’t mind.
The less we attach ourselves to what those thoughts are, the more we can focus on one point: our breath. The longer we focus on this natural rhythm of the body we can move into a deeper state of Meditation.
It might sound easy but it takes practice, practice, practice. Just like anything you want to be good at. You might not be that good at it (yet!) but you can still enjoy the process.
First step: Let go of the result. Don’t attach yourself to what you are going to experience or what type of person you will become.
Second step: Choose your style of Meditation. There are so many different ways you can enjoy focused concentration, leading you to a state of Meditation. Here are some of my favourites…
Walking Meditation: Choose a route where you can take your shoes off and feel your feet. Walking along the beach or in the park are perfect! Take your shoes off and start by focusing on how your toes, balls of feet, heels and arches feel. Each day build your focus – start with your feet then add your focus to your calves and knees. Then feet, legs and add hips. Eventually moving all the way up to the top of your head. Also keep your eyes on the horizon (don’t look down) which helps shift your energy into a more positive state of being.
Sound Meditation (Nada Yoga): Choose a piece of music with no voices or repetitive beat (I can suggest Marconi Union – Weightless or Enya) or have you tried a meditation with live sound bowls?! (If not, head over & visit my friend Ami at Healing Delight). Once you’ve chosen your preferred piece of music, lye down comfortably and just listen. Allow your attention to move to every instrument or note like waves. This type of Meditation is very relaxing and can be best to do after work when you need to switch off, or at night to lead you into a deep sleep.
Guided Meditation: There are loads of apps out there (I’m using ‘Calm‘ at the moment) that will guide you to sit, relax and let go. I always recommend Abraham-Hicks who use positive guidance to align your frequency (or ‘vibe’) to a state of well being. What I love about their ‘Getting Into The Vortex’ Meditations is they last for 15 minutes which is perfect to use on your lunch break. You can completely switch off and then be guided back feeling completely refreshed to carry on with your day.
Chakra Cleanse Meditation: Start with a guide before you attempt to cleanse your chakras yourself. This can take up to 20-30 minutes depending on how long you rest your attention at each chakra. (Chakras are energy wheels, something that we cannot physically see, and relate to the subtle anatomy in your body. Each chakra relates to a colour in the rainbow and can help us understand an emotional response or physical dis-ease we may be experiencing). In these Meditations you are guided to visualise each colour one at a time along with a positive affirmation that relates to that chakra e.g “I am exactly where I’m meant to be” “I love myself” “I am worth my weight in Gold”. You are guided to cleanse your whole body with white light and protect your energy field using a visualisation and intention technique. I guide Chakra Cleanse Meditations regularly at a beautiful space in Caulfield. See upcoming dates here. Or you can find online courses – Belinda Davidson is well known for her Chakra work.
Silent Meditation: This is the pinnacle of all Meditations. If you can sit in silence for 20 minutes (or more) every single day you are doing a phenomenal job! First begin in a comfortable position – chair, ground, yoga mat, cushions, etc. You can lean against a wall, just make sure you are sitting up right. Now all you need to do is listen. Listen to the beat of your heart and the sound of you breath. If you are distracted by the sounds or thoughts, you can silently say “Hello sounds” “Hello thoughts”. Each time you are distracted by these things (yes, they will always be there) just acknowledge them and go back to focusing on your breath. This will happen again and again. Just return your focus to the length of your breath, the depth of your breath, the sound of your breath. You can even count each round of breath. Until your Meditation alarm rings to let you know that your Silent Meditation can come to an end.
Third step: Choose how long your meditation will be. This all depends on what style of Meditation you’ve chosen. You may like to start with 2 minutes, 5 minutes, 10 minutes and build it up to 30 minutes.
Fourth step: Keep it consistent. Get your phone out and set your Meditation alarm – what time will it be every day? Get your diary out too, schedule it in. Write it on your bathroom mirror – every time you brush your teeth, ask yourself have I done a Meditation today?
Tips: Don’t compare yourself. Even your Yoga Teacher finds it challenging to commit to meditation every day.
Turn your phone off and tell your family/housemates/pets that you are off to Meditate. It’s important to know you will not be disturbed.
Be kind to yourself in the process. Find gratitude for yourself after each Meditation.
I also support my Meditation by using the Aura-Soma Violet Pomander. The delicious Eucalyptus, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Violet, Iris, Lavender essential oils and Amethyst and Charoite crystals help calm and assist in my Meditation. When using this Pomander around my energy field I feel a connection with spirit and it protects and refreshes my Crown Chakra (Sahasrara Chakra). I especially love using this before I teach to open this connection with the ‘Divine’. Vicky Wall who inspired the Aura-Soma system, refers to this Pomander as the Sweetness of Spirit.
Take your time with Meditation and don’t over commit yourself. Let it be a part of your day that you enjoy, not another thing that you add to your to do list. Stay open and enjoy the process.
I encourage you to laugh at yourself more and never apologise for dancing to your own beat.
If you have any comments, questions or have any interest in using Aura-Soma products feel free to get in touch with me via email, I’d love to hear from you.
Peace and Namaste, Erin xo