Meditation: Snowy Evening
The M word: meditation. We have all heard of it before. Maybe you heard Dr. Phil or an internet guru talking about its benefits and how it could change your life. Maybe you have had some interest in it but no time to invest into learning about it and grabbing the “gear.” Welp I have been there and resonate with your pain. Like you, I thought meditation was some holistic skill I wasn’t capable of doing. I was this way for a very long time until I discovered a YouTube video that quite honestly changed my life. This video gave me the insight I needed to start meditation. This led me to take the leap into the rabbit hole we call “Self-Care.” I learned a lot in that rabbit hole, but this blog is not about the rabbit hole, but actually about how to prep yourself for that jump in. These 3 easy steps I have listed below are what personally helped me and millions to get started in their meditation journey to a healthier lifestyle.
The concept is you create a shield around yourself and other people's/ place's influence/energy just can’t permeate, so you essentially walk through unscathed, unaffected.
The point with this exercise is to begin set up an atmosphere of acceptance and communication between what you experience (typical right-brain information gathering) and the way in which you then fit that experience into the format of language and expression (typical left-brain, intellectual structure).
The world that we live in is a stream of projected five sense information that is observed by consciousness. We call it a world of sense-perception, but only intellectual perception, nonetheless. In maximum meditation, the goal is to get consciousness off the current information stream while still remaining conscious of your present personage. You want to abandon the information stream and be in personage as you explore other options. The information stream that is used to produce the illusion of a material self and world is a hard read. What I mean by “hard read” is that it is chock-full of information and streaming at an incredible speed. The analysis, combination, and projection of the information are so demanding that the observer (you) is practically locked into place like an astronaut under G-forces in a rocket to the Moon. Sleep is necessary to get consciousness offline for a break from the hard read. In maximum meditation, we want to get offline but we don’t want to lose self-consciousness. In order to kick start the process, we reduce as much of the information we’re processing as possible. This reduction starts to eliminate the projection of the illusion and frees up the consciousness to observe other things that the mind is doing, call up things from memory to relive, or to just be in the solitude of being without any mind play being observed at all.
Traditionally speaking, meditation is a practice used to relax the body and calm the mind. The benefits of meditation through scientific research are numerous. I could get into discussing those benefits, but I want to talk to you about something else related to meditation.
It’s Monday and you’re ready to take on the world… until that stereotypical Monday-thing happens. Maybe you spilled coffee on your favorite t-shirt or your car won’t start, or some other event that truly does seem to happen on “those days.” Whether you’re simply having a stressful day, managing with physical and mental health ailments, or just struggling to be positive and expel negativity, mindfulness and meditation are great tools for relaxing your mind, spirit, and even body.
Tai Chi is a slow moving exercise based around martial arts and is a meditation in itself. It can take a long time to learn to get the movements just right but it is rewarding and fun with a lot of health benefits.