Meditation For Beginners: 20 Practical Tips For Quieting The Mind

By Todd Goldfarb, Body Mind Soul Spirit

Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness.

Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. This is unfortunate, and a possible reason is that many beginners do not begin with a mindset needed to make the practice sustainable.

The purpose of this article is to provide 20 practical recommendations to help beginners get past the initial hurdles and integrate meditation over the long term:

1) Make it a formal practice. You will only get to the next level in meditation by setting aside specific time (preferably two times a day) to be still.

2) Start with the breath. Breathing deep slows the heart rate, relaxes the muscles, focuses the mind and is an ideal way to begin practice.

3) Stretch first. Stretching loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit (or lie) more comfortably. Additionally, stretching starts the process of “going inward” and brings added attention to the body.

4) Meditate with Purpose. Beginners must understand that meditation is an ACTIVE process. The art of focusing your attention to a single point is hard work, and you have to be purposefully engaged!

5) Notice frustration creep up on you. This is very common for beginners as we think “hey, what am I doing here” or “why can’t I just quiet my damn mind already”. When this happens, really focus in on your breath and let the frustrated feelings go.

6) Experiment. Although many of us think of effective meditation as a Yogi sitting cross-legged beneath a Bonzi tree, beginners should be more experimental and try different types of meditation. Try sitting, lying, eyes open, eyes closed, etc.

7) Feel your body parts. A great practice for beginning meditators is to take notice of the body when a meditative state starts to take hold. Once the mind quiets, put all your attention to the feet and then slowly move your way up the body (include your internal organs). This is very healthy and an indicator that you are on the right path.

8) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. Make sure it is not the same room where you do work, exercise, or sleep. Place candles and other spiritual paraphernalia in the room to help you feel at ease.

9) Read a book (or two) on meditation. Preferably an instructional guide AND one that describes the benefits of deep meditative states. This will get you motivated. John Kabat-Zinn’s Wherever You Go, There You Are is terrific for beginners.

10) Commit for the long haul. Meditation is a life-long practice, and you will benefit most by NOT examining the results of your daily practice. Just do the best you can every day, and then let it go!

11) Listen to instructional tapes and CDs.

12) Generate moments of awareness during the day. Finding your breath and “being present” while not in formal practice is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation habits.

13) Make sure you will not be disturbed. One of the biggest mistakes beginners make is not insuring peaceful practice conditions. If you have it in the back of your mind that the phone might ring, your kids might wake, or your coffee pot might whistle than you will not be able to attain a state of deep relaxation.

14) Notice small adjustments. For beginning meditators, the slightest physical movements can transform a meditative practice from one of frustration to one of renewal. These adjustments may be barely noticeable to an observer, but they can mean everything for your practice.

15) Use a candle. Meditating with eyes closed can be challenging for a beginner. Lighting a candle and using it as your point of focus allows you to strengthen your attention with a visual cue. This can be very powerful.

16) Do NOT Stress. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the hardest to implement. No matter what happens during your meditation practice, do not stress about it. This includes being nervous before meditating and angry afterwards. Meditation is what it is, and just do the best you can at the time.

17) Do it together. Meditating with a partner or loved one can have many wonderful benefits, and can improve your practice. However, it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules before you begin!

18) Meditate early in the morning. Without a doubt, early morning is an ideal time to practice: it is quieter, your mind is not filled with the usual clutter, and there is less chance you will be disturbed. Make it a habit to get up half an hour earlier to meditate.

19) Be Grateful at the end. Once your practice is through, spend 2-3 minutes feeling appreciative of the opportunity to practice and your mind’s ability to focus.

20) Notice when your interest in meditation begins to wane. Meditation is hard work, and you will inevitably come to a point where it seemingly does not fit into the picture anymore. THIS is when you need your practice the most and I recommend you go back to the book(s) or the CD’s you listened to and become re-invigorated with the practice. Chances are that losing the ability to focus on meditation is parallel with your inability to focus in other areas of your life!

Meditation is an absolutely wonderful practice, but can be very difficult in the beginning. Use the tips described in this article to get your practice to the next level!

Advertisements

The Popular Yet Toxic Ingredient Found In Many ‘Healthy Foods’

By Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution

The drive to being a health conscious person is becoming more and more common as we uncover the truth about how many of the everyday foods we eat are produced. In turn, people will stop eating these products, which inevitably forces manufacturers to use better products, or just less artificial ingredients to keep up with consumers’ demands.

I believe that knowledge about refined cooking oils is the next “big thing” in the health movement for people to start watching out for and eventually stop purchasing. These oils wreak havoc on our digestive systems and certainly cause a lot more harm than good. If you have switched to coconut oil for cooking that is a huge step in the right direction, but unfortunately, these unhealthy oils are found in almost all processed and packaged foods, including those that are often marketed as “health” foods. Continue reading The Popular Yet Toxic Ingredient Found In Many ‘Healthy Foods’

DL Zeta: Prophetic Dreams May Come: Activating High-Vibrational Timelines with the Pisces Solar Eclipse

image7-200x200Thanks to Golden Age of Gaia

The Pisces solar eclipse has the power to bring prophetic dreams, helping us activate timelines aligned with our highest visions. During this period portals to higher consciousness are more accessible. Those most strongly affected by the eclipse will enter levels of heightened sensitivity and psychic awareness.

Most intensely affected by this eclipse are those with significant planets and points in Pisces. Lightworkers, intuitives and others highly attuned to universal energies may reach new levels of clarity and downloads. Profound endings and beginnings can take place at this time. This is a turning point that we may look back upon years later and perceive as a moment from which significant new directions flowed.

This is a period when intuitive visions arrive with the power to carry you to high-vibrational timelines aligned with the new time. The Feb. 26 solar eclipse’s emphasis on spiritual development complements the Feb. 10 lunar eclipse and its mystical influence. The energies of this pair of eclipses will be felt most intensely over the next couple of weeks but will wield a strong influence throughout the next six months.

Bridging Past and Future brings Healing and Expansion

It’s possible during this time to progress on your spiritual path and experience a greater sense of oneness with all-that-is. Neptune rules Pisces, bringing a visionary component to this eclipse making it easier to envision and access timelines where past, present and future come into sharp focus. In other words, along these timelines one is able to see how the past has been guiding us toward our spiritual purpose all along and everything that has happened to us has happened in divine perfection. Past, present and future can be viewed as one simultaneous moment when we step beyond limiting beliefs and perceptions.

Standing on this bridge between past and future we are able to perceive our present moment as divinely empowered to carry out visions we receive during this time. As you unite all moments in all time within your consciousness, aspects of your past may come forward to be seen and healed in the light of your present-moment awareness. Healing takes place to the extent that you’re able to view all moments in your life with love and understanding. This healing of the past releases strings binding you to past timelines, allowing you to step more fully into timelines of the new earth centered in oneness and unity.

Manifesting Visions into Reality

There are aspects of this solar eclipse that hold the potential to bring ‘good fortune and happiness.’ The fixed star Skat in Aquarius is closely connected with this eclipse. This is a star capable of bringing a wish in that it has the power to help you manifest your dreams into reality. When your dreams and intentions align with your gifts and talents, your spiritual purpose, and your intentions for the highest good of all, good fortune and other worldly assistance can help activate potentials that previously seemed only a faint glimmer.

Good Fortune is linked to Spiritual Development

If you experience an increase in love, wealth and happiness during this time, hold in awareness that your willingness to walk your spiritual path and your desire to serve and assist others will determine the long-term influence of this period. Those who enter this phase from an ego perspective may find the good fortune fading by the next solar eclipse in August.

The longevity of this time of good fortune, psychic awareness and ability to heal and release the past is intrinsically linked to your level of spiritual development. Not everyone experiences solar eclipse energies in the same way. Some may experience obstacles and challenges more keenly during this time and feel stressed by unhealed emotions and unrealized dreams rising to the surface. Some may experience overwhelm as emotional wounds come to the forefront, triggering memories that have been pushed aside.

Many will enter into this period with a sense of uncertainty as old structures unravel to make way for the new. Stand with an open mind and heart as winds of change swirl around you. Know that whatever you experience during this time is guiding you toward a greater realization of yourself as a divine being that incarnated here to carry out a higher purpose.

Choosing Higher Potentials over Past Traumas

As many new possibilities come before you, take this time to release what no longer serves you and open to formulate new visions for the future. Old ways of being, old beliefs and habits may come before you now, providing you the opportunity to choose higher potentials over past traumas and patterns you have outgrown. Those who choose to step into new potentials and possibilities will receive a boost of energy from this solar eclipse that will help them sail through needed changes over the next six months.

This is a good eclipse for relationships and for meeting new people who will become influential in your life. You may experience an influx of friends from other times entering your life – some of whom you may have soul contracts.

Some may feel drawn more strongly to occult [hidden] information during this time. This may include astrology which offers a blueprint of your soul’s intentions for this lifetime as well as a map of challenges and opportunities we are likely to encounter over time. Uranus will be in the mix with this eclipse which may bring a sense of energy and enthusiasm. It may also unleash sudden and unexpected events that allow you to heal unresolved emotions. Uranus’ influence has the power to trigger a major shift in consciousness, paving the way for sudden timeline shifts.

Moderation, discipline, focus, awareness, respect, patience and humility are traits that will help you navigate this period. Spend time meditating, journaling, working with dreams, eating light, and walking in nature. Write out intentions. Sit with all that comes before you and see all that happens in the light of love, appreciation and forgiveness.

“Prophetic Dreams May Come: Activating High-Vibrational Timelines with the Pisces Solar Eclipse,” by DL Zeta, February 10, 2017, at https://madmimi.com/p/cbc7a9?fe=1&pact=8509-137801154-7679043571-e7f44152401ac6083174f1177b1903a8ce07e2f9

Source Link: DL Zeta’s Celestial Vision February 26, 2017

©2010-2017 DL Zeta, Celestial Vision, All Rights Reserved http://www.celestialvision.org These messages are intended to be shared. You are welcome to share and distribute this message with others as you feel guided to do so. Please be sure to include the author & source website link.

The Next Big Bang: Human Consciousness & the Universe’s Ultimate Secret

By Jim Stempel, New Dawn, Waking Times

“The stream of human knowledge is heading toward a non-physical reality. The universe begins to look more like a great thought than a great machine.” ~Sir James Jeans

For at least two hundred years science has been telling us that any ideas of spirituality we might hold dear are little more than ignorant leftovers of a superstitious past – foolish relics. But the truth is, physics itself, that most foundational of all sciences, has now progressed far beyond that initial, dismissive assessment, to a conceptual worldview far more accepting of spirituality than ever before. To grasp the nuts and bolts of this new science, then, is to understand the nuts and bolts that support a new, evolving and far more sophisticated grasp of spirit than has ever before been available to us.

This new conceptual framework is absolutely critical to our grasp of spirit, and, frankly, for those previously unfamiliar with the discoveries of modern physics, this new framework may at first seem nothing short of “other worldly” itself – as the old saying goes, the truth can at times be far stranger than fiction. So let’s start by taking a close look at what the new physics has to tell us. Continue reading The Next Big Bang: Human Consciousness & the Universe’s Ultimate Secret

15 Not-So-Healthy Eating Habits to Avoid

By Daily Superfood Love, Thanks to Natural Blaze

There’s a lot of misinformation out in the world that’s been masquerading as “healthy” when it’s anything but for your hard-working heart!

Heart disease is the #1 killer in the world for both men and women – claiming 1-in-3 lives annually.  Those numbers are expected to go up due to rising epidemics of diabetes and obesity.

You need to know the truth behind a few “heart-healthy” nutrition myths so you can nip them in the bud right now. Continue reading 15 Not-So-Healthy Eating Habits to Avoid

Cedella Marley: Choose Your Perspective

e93f3c_4d73dd57690040e5a08ceb72e3082e5fmv2Positive Vibrations by Cedella Marley, A Nice Time

Only you have the power to choose your perspective. Do not allow the situations in life to control your feelings, emotions and reactions. Choose to see the opportunities in each moment no matter how negative they may be.

Choose to act instead of reacting to anything life brings you today and you will have  a much more positive result and bring less stress into your life.

One love…Cedella

https://www.anicetime.com/single-post/2017/02/28/Positive-Vibrations-22817

How To Raise Your Spiritual And Emotional IQ

By Shane Krider, Life Hack

Spiritual and emotional IQ is the ability to see a bigger picture, to see cause and effect within your life at a level above what an average person would consider. We as human beings, tend to believe that we are destined to have life pan out a certain way. Our family and friends lives are similar to ours, so that’s our reality and we accept it. Sure there are some ‘lucky’ people out there achieving a lifestyle we could never envisage for ourselves, but you feel they’re different, special and blessed ?

But you know what? They’re not. They just have a higher spiritual and emotional intelligence that has allowed them to create their life beyond conventional limitations. I’m going to show you how you can achieve that too. Continue reading How To Raise Your Spiritual And Emotional IQ

This Video Explains The Federal Reserve In Less Than 3 Minutes [Watch]

Everything you didn’t know about the Federal Reserve explained in just a few minutes…

By Amanda Froelich, True Activist

Like doing taxes and managing a business, there’s a lot many of us didn’t learn in school. Fortunately, School House Shock is prepared to instruct the masses on what exactly the Federal Reserve is.

In case you missed Government class, the Federal Reserve is the central bank of the U.S. and it is credited with helping the nation maintain high employment rates and stable prices for consumers. The main tool utilized by the Federal Reserve to influence the economy is interest rates – the price everyone pays to borrow money. Learn more here. Continue reading This Video Explains The Federal Reserve In Less Than 3 Minutes [Watch]

Homage to the Creative Spirit

By Paul Levy, Wake Up World

WARNING: This article is designed to activate the creative spirit. Proceed at your own risk!

After my first year of college, I remember wanting to take some time off so that I could figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had always been a good student, and my parents had high hopes and dreams for my success, so the last thing they wanted was for me to take time off from school.

Remembering that as a little kid I used to love to draw, they suggested that maybe I wanted to take an art class, hoping that this might keep me in school. I decided to take their suggestion and I took a painting class. It came as quite a shock for me when, in this class, I accessed a long-forgotten creative aspect of myself, and realized that not just me, but that everyone, by “our very nature” is creative. Continue reading Homage to the Creative Spirit

24 Powerful Keys to Transcend the Ego

By Frank M. Wanderer, The Mind Unleashed

The Ego is the central figure of our personal history, based upon the past and looking into the future. It is a dissatisfied, possessive small ego that often makes our life a misery. It is for certain that this small ego–or, more precisely, what we believe is our Self, our Ego–coiled up tightly in the back of our mind, is responsible for a tremendous amount of senseless and unnecessary suffering and destruction in the history of mankind.

On our spiritual Journey arises the question, how we transcend the Ego? Continue reading 24 Powerful Keys to Transcend the Ego