Tuesday, July 12, 2011
TO MEDITATE OR NOT TO MEDITATE, THAT'S THE QUESTION?
We have discussed the Law of Attraction and how Visualizing and having good feelings about those visualizations help bring goals into successful completion. We have also discussed that if you have resistance towards those goals it will delay or prevent the completion of your goals. In my previous posts you have heard me talk about the Sedona Method, or the Emotional Freedom Technique as tools to reduce and eliminate resistance. The process of meditation is another way to help you succeed.
When you are truly meditating and clearing your mind you are also eliminating resistance that is inherent in your subconscious. Resistance comes about in response to thoughts. When you are clearing your thoughts you are eliminating resistance. When you don’t have resistance all of those visualizations and the wants and your goals are now free to come to you.
Esther and Jerry Hicks in their books have a great analogy that I will use with permission here. They compare resistance as pushing a cork under water. The cork representing your natural vibration. When resistance is removed the cork can pop up above the water. Because as they and many other Law of Attraction experts have pointed out, our natural vibration is to be happy and have what we want, i.e. for our cork to pop out of the water. It is only with negativity, either conscious or subconscious that we are holding our success back. Meditation takes you to a place where you let go of the cork and let your natural vibration take over.
Before I go into how to meditate let me answer a question that comes up frequently when the topic of eliminating resistance is brought up. The question is this, “if I have had years and years of resistance building up and keeping me from reaching my success how is 10-15 minutes of meditation is going to erase all that negativity?” This is a very valid point and at first glance it actually seems logical, but the perception is faulty. The reason the question seems logical at first glance is that most people are programed to think that if I want to get something good, and I have had lots of bad things, I have to first erase the bad things before I can go to the good. Sort of like mathematical equations. If I have negative then I have to first add enough positive to overcome the negative before I can get to positive. I have good news for you. That IS NOT THE WAY THINGS WORK. This is not math. It is as concrete and as exact as the science of mathematics, but it is not linear.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO ERASE ALL THE BAD stuff. You only need to allow the good stuff. So to answer the question, you do not need to erase years of negativity. You just need to be positive and clear the resistance for few minutes at a time to ALLOW. That is not to say that one period of meditation will get you what you want if you have built up habits of resistance over the years, but with meditation you will be now perhaps for the first time in your life become aware of those bad habits and start replacing them. Do not be overwhelmed with thinking you have to now meditate for 20 years to overcome your past 20 years of negative thinking. When you meditate 10-15 minutes a day, for that period you are not giving energy to your resistance. What that does based on the Law of Attraction, is that it will allow all the positivity and focus you have given to your goals to be in tune with your vibration and start coming towards you. For that period of time the good vibrations come to you and that shifts your energy. You cannot be negative and positive at the same time. So when you are meditating the lack of resistance naturally allows your cork to be at its natural positive vibration and more and more of things that will keep you positive will have to come to you because that is what the Law of Attraction dictates. The more you practice the more you get into the positive vibration. The more you get into a positive vibration the more you allow. Combine that with the gratitude for the positivity and you are now exponentially moving towards your goals and success. So do not try to erase bad, just concentrate on being good and more and more of good will come to you.
Now let’s concentrate on how to meditate. As human beings our mind naturally seeks things to concentrate on. That’s why it is so hard to “clear” your mind. So unless you have practiced meditation for many years, even lifetimes it is almost impossible to completely clear your mind. There are however, some simple ways to do this. The best way to meditate is to let your mind concentrate on thoughts that will NOT lead to other thoughts. For example concentrating on your breathing. Even counting your breathing helps keep your mind quite enough for the purpose of meditation. I have had different ways of doing this. You can count from 1-10 for each breath that you take in and out. You can combine the inhale and exhale as one count. Then you start over from 1. You will most often loose count and start thinking of other thoughts. If this happens do not get upset. Simply acknowledge that you have lost track and let go of the new thought by going back to counting your breaths. Another way to meditate is to count to 4 on the inhale, hold for a count of 7 and count to 8 on the exhale. This is more complex and therefore it is easier not get distracted by other thoughts. Yet another way to meditate is to repeat a short phrase over and over as you breath. That is how the proverbial ‘aahh uummm’ or “Bra Ma” or mantras like that come into play. The phrase can be anything you want as long as it does not sent you on other thoughts. Once again you will get distracted and other thoughts will come rushing in. Just make sure you do not get stressed. Let the thought go by going back to repeating your mantra and breathing. The most important thing is for this to be enjoyable otherwise you are just sending your vibration the other way and sabotaging your efforts. Try the different methods and pick the one that feels most comfortable and the KEY HERE IS ENJOY YOURSELF.
Start with doing 5 minutes every day for a week. Then increase your time to 10 minutes. The more time you can devote to doing this per session the better the results, but if you do not have 10 minutes in one sitting, then do 2 five minutes sessions. Try to meditate early in the morning before you start your day. That way you have set up your vibration for the rest of the day. The position is not important as long as you are comfortable and WILL NOT FALL SLEEP.
Play with this and see how much of an impact it will have on your success and the great side effect of this is that your health, your attitude, and your energy levels will also be positively impacted.
Enjoy and please feel free to share this with anyone that can enjoy and benefit from it.