We all seek ways to eliminate stress in our lives because as we all know stress is the most common cause for almost all illnesses. Some of us fill our homes with aromatherapy candles and special lighting for relaxation, others frequent day spas for massage therapy and still others choose to sweat out the stress in the gym. So what if I told you there is a way that you can not only relieve stress but allow yourself to reconnect to the world, yourself, your heart and it doesn't cost anything? For those of you not familiar with the power of meditation, the following article gives a great summary on how to get started and just how many benefits can come from meditating just 30 minutes everyday.
by Bud on April 27, 2009
Are you meditating 30 minutes each day? If not, you should be.
An intelligent person like you can’t afford to pass up such a wonderful and enlightening experience.
What? You don’t know what meditation is? (I’ll wait while you imagine a monk sitting with his legs crossed humming “hmmm”…)
Don’t worry you’re not alone, and lucky for you, you don’t have to be a Buddhist Monk to participate.
So what is meditation? If you were to have a dictionary on hand it would state, “The action or practice of meditating” Gee thanks pocket dictionary..
Shall we dive a little deeper?
This is my definition of meditation, so if you don’t like it you can go buy another dictionary
Meditation is a period of time in which your thoughts flow free of judgment. It is a period of time in which you just “be.” Meditation is a doorway for you to explore your spirituality. Meditation is a time in which you become in-sync with your true-self. Meditation is a time in which your conscious mind is able to recharge after being constantly bombarded with stimuli. Meditation is the process of connecting with the energy of humanity.
The simplest and quickest way to completely transform your life is to practice daily meditation.
Let me repeat that again:
The simplest and easiest way to completely transform your life is to practice daily meditation.
It’s unfortunate, but most of the Western World views meditation as a waste of time. “What 30 minutes of doing nothing? Your crazy.” Is a response I often hear. Many individuals claim meditation to be nothing more than a bunch of “new age” crap. This kind of thinking unfortunately prevents millions of people from experiencing what it truly means to live. If only some people were a bit more open minded…
How To Meditate:
Still reading? Great. Now I’m going to teach you how to meditate.
Take a moment and find a quite place where you will not be disturbed.
Turn off the computer (yes that means you must stop reading this blog) and your cell phone.
Get comfortable. Close your eyes. Now breath. Take a deeeep breath. Just let your thoughts flow in and out, not paying particular attention to any certain one.
After about 30 seconds it should begin to get uncomfortable. This is your social conditioning kicking in. Perhaps you may think, “This is a waste of time.” Who knew doing nothing could be so difficult?
Let your thoughts flow.
Just keep breathing. Feels good doesn’t it?
After a good 10 minutes or so, you should now be entering a deep meditative state. This state should be particularly soothing. Take some time and notice your body. Feel the sensations in your hands, your toes, and your heart.
See how long you can go without thinking. At first this may appear to be impossible, however you will be surprised at what you’re capable of. The important thing is that you just be. Tune in to your higher self. Visualize. Pray. Breathe. Enjoy.
My Experience With Meditation:
The topic of meditation has always fascinated me. 30 minutes of doing nothing? Sweet. I have read numerous personal development books and it seems that nearly all the happy and successful individuals spend a great deal of time meditating each day. Spiritual leader Deepak Chopra recommends meditating 30 minutes each morning and 30 minutes at night.
Can doing nothing for 30 minutes each day really transform your life? Considering all the health benefits, I figured I’d give it a try. As with many, I at first found meditation to be incredibly awkward. I often thought to myself “ Am I really doing this?” However this awkwardness soon disappeared. I now look forward to my daily time alone. Meditation has transformed my life.
Oneness is a wonderful benefit of meditation.When I am in a deep state of meditation I can’t help but feel connected to the entire world because meditation is the flow of thoughts without judgment. It often takes me some time to reach this state but when I do, I feel connected to everything and everyone. The great thing about this feeling is it strengthens the longer my mediation lasts. Upon completing my meditations I almost always feel a sense of peace. Sometimes I choose to connect with my friends through meditation by simply opening myself up to this type of communication. I always feel at home when I’m connected with the world.
Your intentions quickly manifest when your mind is calm, therefore meditation is a perfect time to send out your intentions. I personally love sending out my intentions during my meditations. While meditating, I often find that my intentions are authentic rather than simply constructed from social conditioning. I often find these intentions to be more congruent with my life purpose.
Sometimes during my meditations I like to give thanks. I simply send out a simple intention, thanking the world for all it has given me. I often give thanks for the extraordinary relationships I have been able to manifest. These meditations are often my favorite for it leaves me feeling extremely blessed. What are you grateful for?
Occasionally while meditating I feel a strong urge to send out intentions for those in need. I find that whenever I begin praying I often pray for longer then intended. During my last meditation I prayed for 20 individuals. I say this not to show how many people I prayed for but rather show the power of prayer.
I often take some time to visualize my ideal state of being. I picture myself in my ideal life. The power of imagination is extraordinary. Simply picturing yourself in your ideal state can do wonders for your health and well being. My visualizations often leave me feeling powerful and strong. If you had the “perfect” life what would it be like? How’s your health? Your relationships? Are you financially independent? Take some time to imagine your ideal life.
We live in a world of constant stimuli. We push ourselves to the limits and in the process forget to let our mind and soul recharge,and as a result we become stressed and sick. It doesn’t have to be that way. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Meditate today.
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A word of caution. Many cleanses can put a strain on the liver and the kidneys because they are pulling toxins out faster than your body is able to clear them. In addition, they can also stress your pancreas by causing drops in your blood sugar. It is a great idea to clean up your diet but how you do it is key.
Try this first:
1-Eliminate white flour,white sugar and gluten
2-Dump your juice and opt for fruit instead
3-Cut out the dried fruit
4-Up your dark green veggies like kale, swiss chard, dandelion, broccoli etc
5-Opt for lighter proteins for a few weeks like fish, eggs, and beans.
6-Incorporate exercise that encourages the body to detoxify and eliminate stress like: rebounding, yoga, and breath work.
7-Drink half of your weight in water. Start the morning with warm water and lemon and you can even add small amount of sea salt to the water for mineral balance.
8-Take a sea salt bath to cleanse your body
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