The time is Now to learn how to meditate. The following is a very simple technique that you can use to rapidly expand your awareness and get in touch with your own inner peace, happiness and outer success.
It’s only one of many techniques, but it’s easy, takes very little time, and is thoroughly enjoyable.
It’s best to commit to a regular practice up front. Meditation needs to be experienced, and you need to develop over a period of months to really experience what it’s all about because it doesn’t happen overnight. So decide your level of commitment now. I suggest you map out five minutes every single day to begin with, moving up to ten, then 20 minutes a day after a few months. Start slow, but make the pledge.
Find a quiet spot to sit where you will not be disturbed. This requires as little distraction as possible. If you have kids, arrange for them not to interrupt. You might think it’s impossible, but millions of people meditate around the world and make it work.
Most westerners don’t find sitting in a lotus position very comfortable (myself included ~ not enough yoga lately), so instead, find a comfortable chair that you can sit upright in. The important thing when learning how to meditate is to keep the spine erect and make sure the only thing supporting your head is your neck (so you don’t fall asleep).
Close your eyes and take in three full breaths, breathing in and out through the nose. Now, relax. Notice your breathing. Is your belly expanding and contracting with each breath? Or is it your chest? Make sure you breathe into the abdomen during your meditation. This expands the diaphragm and stimulates the relaxation response.
If you have never meditated before, you might like to take a minute to relax your body, one part at a time. Begin with your feet and work your way up to your neck and face, and finish with your scalp. Just focus on each part, and feel it let go and relax.
Notice any thoughts that might enter your awareness. One thought spawns another, and another, and so on. Let them arise, notice them without judging them, and let them pass. Perhaps you hear a sound in the environment and that triggers another thought ~ let it be okay and just observe those thoughts.
Now, refocus on your breath. Feel what it feels like when you inhale. Put your awareness into your nose and all the way down into your lungs, noticing your abdomen rise. Feel the sensation of your exhale. Stomach, lungs, throat, nose. Breathe in. Breathe out.
If a thought enters your mind: acknowledge it, and breathe. If it persists, just let it be. Return to your breath.
Your awareness is like the sky. Sometimes it’s clear, sometimes there are clouds, and sometimes it is overcast (or stormy!). But even when you can’t see it, the sky is always there. Your thoughts are like the clouds: they come and go, blowing across the screen of your awareness. Don’t try to deny them by pushing them out. You’ll never win that game. Just focus on the blue sky, your awareness, your breath, and the thoughts will take care of themselves.
When I was learning how to meditate it didn’t go so well. I had so many thoughts racing around my head at a million miles per second, I had no chance of letting them be. It took six months of practice every day to open up the gap between thoughts. Even then, it was only for about a half second. But it was a start, and it made all the difference. Now, I can clear my mind of thought and experience the bliss of stillness.
But long before you’ll do that, you will notice your world changing for the better all around you. Really, it is you that is changing.
You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
The aim of meditation is a destructive one. It destroys all the false in you. It calls out the false, conditioned thoughts and feelings you have accrued over the years, and you will slowly realize that you are not those things. You are not your mind, your thoughts or your emotions. You have thoughts and emotions (in fact, you will experience your life more fully when you become aware that you are not those things), but you will no longer be controlled by them. Learning how to meditate will open your conscious awareness and catapult your personal development.
Every student I have taught how to meditate has reported positive change in their external results very soon after learning this simple technique.
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I almost totally forgot about meditation and yoga.
Until you emailed me recently and went through this post.
Jamaica, that’s great! Thanks for visiting 🙂
Hey I’m only 18 but I’m really interested in meditation. I actually just tried it right now it was my first time doing it. I’m really not that happy with life I have a kid now that’s 1 month old and he’s the best thing that ever happen to me but I feel like there’s something missing in my life and I don’t know what. I just want to be happy and reach my dreams one day. Will meditation work for that?
Sure will, Lalo. It’s about ‘connecting’ with who you really are. And that is the infinite bliss of pure consciousness. When that is experienced, everything else just falls into place.
Jim, I don’t know how to thank you for being there and sending these wonderful messages. I do appreciate you setting up this site.
Peter, thank you for taking the time to let me know. It’s a pleasure to do this for such great people.
I appreciate you visiting 🙂
Awesome site Jim,
It’s great that you are spreading awareness on meditation. I myself, designed a website that revolves around meditation; it is especially for people (like I have seen posting on this thread) who are interested in maximising their wealth.
I myself began meditation without that purpose, and attained bliss through that means, but some people disregard meditation because they want other things, not realising that it would also help them with what they want that’s positive. Thus the site was created to give you what you want.
feel free to visit http://www.BlissMeditationCourse.com and enter your name and e-mail so we can keep in touch.
I would like to learn meditation for the peace of my mind.
To learn how I meditate, take a look at this: The Accelerated Meditation.
Peace of mind, and bliss of heart. I wish you all the wonderful effects of meditation.
You’re so welcome, Anne 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to let me know.
Did you ever feel like giving up? Felt helpless and unclear? I have been meditating for almost three weeks now. I have been calmer with my problems which are obvs in my mind but I am at more of a peace with them but sometimes that anxiety takes over. I feel really like shit
Answered your question here: http://accelerateme.net/meditation/how-meditation-saved-my-life/#comment-1475
I am currently facing lot of difficulties, I have read in many cases, meditating would bring change in our life, and I belive so. But my problems is something different, perhaps very complicated. All I want is lot of money, not for me but for my parents and my son and also for my independence “not luxury”. Will meditation help me?
Meditation will help with every aspect of life.
As for wanting to generate ‘a lot of money,’ it’s probably not going to help directly. You have to get very specific about your goal in order to create it in reality.
Generating cash-flow is all about creating a lot of value for other people.
You could meditate for inspiration on how to do it that will be right for you.
Thank you for this post. I have been on a long journey and can not find the meditation tapes that I need. I have a son with adhd that I make meditate. It has done wonders for him in school. However I can meditate for a little while but I get bored. Where would I find tapes that can help him and myself get to our hire beings?
Thank you so much for all that you do for us and our growth.
Jenn, you’re very welcome.
I sell a meditation audio that I use personally (have been developing it for the past 5 years now), which 99% of my clients also use. This would be perfect for you, especially if you get bored or find it difficult.
Try it free here.
It is not intended for children though. For your son I would recommend just some pleasant music, sans vocals (new age stuff works well). He could also listen to my free guided meditation on youtube: Watch it here.
My life is full of anxiety I need perhaps I need happiness
If there’s a choice between anxiety and happiness, then yes, happiness does seem like the better option 😉
But if you don’t have the choice yet, meditate, meditate, meditate until you do.
Meditation will destroy the false in your model of reality that causes your anxiety.
The best thing I have come across lately
Jup really cool,
love how meditation can bring focus on your life and your carreer.
I actually use different forms of meditation, just zen in the morning for 20 minutes and a guided meditation audio in the evening. Pretty cool, I have a customized one. guess I got it from http://www.30minutesmentor.com or something like that. Don’t really remember.
Anyway, thanks for the post! Love it.
You’re very welcome. Meditation can be absolutely life changing.
It reconnected me with joy, bliss and clarity.
I have never considered meditation, but after reading your post I might look into it. Sounds like just the thing i need.
There are no downsides to meditation.