Written April 23, 2018, by Kathy Best CRRC, CNTC, AAC, OCR, RM, CHP, IPPSDC
Meditation takes practice and many choose to either give it up or dismiss it as being a waste of time. When starting out we may find it challenging to quiet our minds, as it’s become the norm for our mind to be in a state of constant chatter and endless thought. So why do so many people believe that meditation is critical to our well-being? Meditation can help us to reduce or eliminate stress, reverse chronic illness and anxiety, lose weight, expand our awareness, and increase our personal influence by connecting to Source, to our energy, and to our intuition.
Without this connection to our higher self, God, angels, the Universe, your Intuition, or your higher wisdom; whatever you want to call it; we hardly have any influence at all in our lives. We feel as if our life is simply a set of random events that we have no power and no control over. Nothing could be further from the truth. Once we are in alignment with our true nature, we have clarity of thought and we can tune in and connect to gain inspiration, understanding, wisdom, and guidance; which exponentially increases our own influence and our innate ability to co-create the feelings, experiences, and life we truly desire.
If you’ve ever listened to Esther Hicks and Abraham talk about meditation you know that when you’re not in alignment with yourself or with your Source you often tend to drag or attract other people to you that are resonate with your frenetic or disharmonious vibration. These types of people often gather in groups to complain, spread discontent, gloom, and sometimes even hatred. The only way that you can be in alignment with these people is when your vibration or your thoughts and feelings resonate on the same level as these dense energies. Dr. Wayne Dyer and many scientific pioneers agree that every thought and word you think and speak vibrates at a certain rate, just like the atoms of energy in every particle of matter and space in our universe. These vibrations impact the earth’s magnetic grid, our physical cells, and the people around us. If you’re constantly thinking thoughts of anger and resentment, fear and annoyance, or gloom and doom, then you’re going to attract people and experiences that express those same thoughts, feelings and beliefs. People with dense or low energy that gather in groups are much more power, ful than a solitary person expressing this low level vibration or resonance.
On the other hand, a single person standing in their light and connecting to their Source energy can be 100 times more powerful than a crowd of negative energy. How can this possibly be, you might ask? When you’re disconnected from your source you expend much more energy complaining and promoting discontent and disharmony without actually investing in or creating a solution. The problems in your life cannot be solved by the same mental attitudes and beliefs that created them. When you take up the practice of meditation you begin to align and connect yourself with a higher energy, a higher vibration, and with the source of your true being. When you make this a regular practice it becomes possible for you to turn off the mindless chatter that’s constantly distracting you from achieving this connection and opens you up to a level of awareness that can achieve anything. The only way to solve the problems in your life is to look at them from a different perspective and work on them from a different energy than that which created them.
When you first begin the practice of quieting your mind during meditation, often random thoughts will pop into your head, this happens because your ego is uncomfortable with this new practice. It’s unfamiliar and it’s often a little scary because your ego is used to being completely in control of your mind and directing all of its thoughts, its beliefs, and its feelings; so when you are able to find a quiet space in your mind where no thoughts come, there can be quite a bit of resistance in the beginning. There is no need to get upset, frustrated, or angry with yourself when this happens. Simply look at the thought, recognize that it is only there to distract you; it only has the meaning you assign to it, and let it drift away like a cloud in the sky. This may take some time and effort to master but the rewards of maintaining this practice and learning to control your mind are unlimited and powerful. Don’t give up! This is a learned skill and takes time as does anything worth doing.
The most important aspects of meditation are breathing deeply, relaxing the body, and expanding your awareness in the present moment. If the only thing you can do is focus on your breathing then you are doing well. This practice allows you to take back control of your life and empowers you to tap into your Genius and become the most calm, capable person that you could ever imagine. As Neale Donald Walsch says, you can become the grandest version of the greatest vision you can hold for yourself. The joy, peace, satisfaction, harmony, prosperity, confidence, and clarity you achieve from this practice is priceless and able to completely transform your life. You also gain wisdom, guidance, and the ability to take action. By following clues that you receive repeatedly, which can come in the form of songs you hear several times, words and conversations that keep coming up, commercials on TV that seem to be speaking to you, thoughts that continue to recur in your mind over and over, or soft whispers that seem to come out of the air that fill you with love, excitement, and confidence that your dreams are just a few steps away.
This YouTube video gives you some science and teachings about the earth energy and how our energy is connected to it and each other. It also offers a short visual meditation around the 6 minute mark. When you have an hour to sit and watch it I highly recommend it.
Below are some meditations and affirmations that you can use to start out with. If you try them and they don’t feel comfortable at first please don’t give up. You may just need to try some different meditations that feel more compatible with your current beliefs. The affirmations may feel a little challenging at first because they tell you things that you may not used to saying to yourself; but they are things that you need to say to yourself and that you should have been saying to yourself all along; so try practicing these at least once a day if not twice or three times a day. The meditation can be a short 10 minutes to start out but you want to try to increase it maybe every couple of weeks to where you can get up to about 30 minutes per day and you can break that up. It doesn’t have to be all at once, but if you can do 30 minutes at one time that’s even better. Whatever happens do not beat yourself up. If you can’t keep a regular practice or if you have a hard time focusing and you get distracted that’s okay. Your mind and your ego or going to try very hard to dissuade you from making this a regular practice, so you just have to do the best that you can do and just keep doing it. It’s kind of like dieting. Just because you eat something that you feel like you shouldn’t have doesn’t mean you’re just going to throw the whole diet away. It just means you start again tomorrow. That’s all you need to do here as well. When you slip, start again tomorrow. Just take it one day at a time and be gentle and forgiving with yourself.
Affirmations (say these with as much feeling as you can):
The reality of my being is that I am loveable.
Life loves me every moment of every day.
I forgive myself for all of the times I feared I was unlovable.
I forgive myself for all judgements I placed upon myself and others.
I forgive myself for not believing in my goodness.
I am loveable and life loves me.
I forgive myself for feeling unworthy and undeserving of love.
I forgive myself for all of the times I have attacked and criticized myself.
I forgive myself for giving up on myself and for rejecting myself.
I forgive myself for not trusting in me and for doubting myself.
I forgive myself for all of my mistakes.
I ask for forgiveness so that I can learn and I accept forgiveness so that I can grow.
I forgive my parents for all of their mistakes. They did the best they could at the time and I harbor no ill will toward them any longer. I release all blame and shame and set us free.
I am eternal, immortal, universal, and infinite.
I Am what I Am and what I Am is beauty and strength.
In this day I express love to everyone I meet, for I know that I am truly love and loveable.
The universe is abundant, therefore I am abundant and all my needs are met.
I feel successful and confident.
People respond to my radiant energy.
I feel creative and loved, because I love and respect myself.
I feel directed and organized and I attract balance and calm to me at all times.
My creativity flows from within me at all times and I attract all that I need to me effortlessly.
I exercise absolute control over my time and my appetite.
I crave only foods and drinks that nourish, heal, and strengthen me.
Everything I consume is processed easily, effortlessly and perfectly.
My body absorbs only the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that it needs to create and maintain perfect health.
I am fit, strong, tone, confident, and vibrantly healthy in every way.
I love the way my body looks and feels.
I am the perfect weight for my body and I look great.
For the ones that are just music and not words you want to try and focus on your breath, or thinking positive thoughts, or just feeling the music in your body.