It’s hard to feel inner guidance and peace when your mind is chatty. Meditating stops your obsessive thinking. It trains your mind so you aren’t controlled by negative, sabotaging thoughts. Meditation is like going to the gym to develop the muscle of your mind. It expands your intuition, develops a higher consciousness and greater enlightenment.
Meditating can build a stronger connection to the angels and spirit guides. When you silence your busy mind in meditation, you can feel the subtle guidance of your soul, the angels and guides.
You vastly enrich your well-being by regularly meditating. Thousands of scientific studies have shown the benefits include stress reduction, better sleep, lower blood pressure, decreased depression and anxiety, improved cardiovascular function and strengthened immunity.
A lot of people struggle with establishing a daily meditation practice. They believe their lives are already too full to add meditating to the list. But that’s exactly when you need to calm your chaotic mind the most.
Commit to mediating 5-10 minutes throughout the day. It’s better to mediate for 5-10 minutes daily rather than 60 minutes once a week.
The most common frustration I hear is, “My mind won’t stop thinking.” Any seasoned meditator will tell you it’s not a matter of if thoughts appear but when. That’s the nature of the mind. Don’t fight it. As thoughts appear—and they will—release them.
There are two types of meditations: active and passive. Active meditation is when your mind is completely engaged in an activity, like walking, washing the dishes or mowing the lawn. Your mind and senses are totally focused on the task at hand and not wandering off into idle thoughts or your to-do list. Smell the different garden or kitchen scents. Listen to the tree leaves rustle or the appliances hum. Feel the warmth of the freshly laundered clothes as you fold them.
Passive meditation is quieting your thoughts while remaining physically still. Whether seated or lying down, focus on your breathing or a candle flame. If desired, silently repeat a mantra or affirmation.
Experiment with different locations: Sit at your desk or in a bathtub. Use nature for a stronger connection. Sit by the water’s edge, lean against a tree, walk through the woods.
Here is a simple passive meditation:
- Take three deep breaths and clear your thoughts. Follow your breath as it slowly moves in and out of your body. Feel the rhythm of your heartbeat.
- Place your attention inside the very center of your body. Feel the peaceful stillness and quiet within.
- As thoughts drift into your mind, gently sweep them away like clouds.
- Think of something or someone in your life for which you are grateful.
- Imagine inhaling a healing golden or pink light throughout your entire body and exhaling any anxieties out.
- End your meditation by “grounding,” i.e. imagine roots sprouting from the soles of your feet deep into the earth like a giant oak tree.
Developing a daily meditation practice is one of the most important things you can do to improve the quality of your life. There’s no better time than right now.