Have you’ve been frustrated in attempting to learn meditation because your mind keeps running along at its normal 100 mph, filling your head with all the things you should be doing, reminding you of the tasks on your to-do list, and urging you to stop wasting time and get to it?
If you’re one of the many people who’ve attempted meditation but gave up because you couldn’t quiet your mind, I found a great tip that will help.
Benefits of Meditation
Why meditate?The benefits of meditation are well documented by scientific studies: stress relief, lowered blood pressure, pain relief, and calm enjoyment of life are but a few. That’s why it’s worth learning meditation.
A new book, Tapping the Source: Using the Master Key System for Abundance and Happiness (Sterling Publishing, 2010) provides a great meditation tip sure to solve the quiet-mind problem for many people. Tapping the Source is not primarily a book on how to meditate, but it uses the powerful state of meditation, in combination with seven positive affirmations, to engage you in effective use of the Law of Attraction.
I’ll be writing more about this in the near future, but I wanted to get this meditation tip out right away as I know many of you have tried meditation and stopped in frustration due to an over-active mind. There’s nothing wrong with an active mind, because of it you’re able to succeed at your roles and responsibilities of daily life. But there’s a time for thinking and a time for being, and being is where you make great strides in personal and professional growth. If you can only quiet your mind long enough to just be.
Learn to Meditate with this Meditation Tip
Tapping the Source authors suggest two affirmations and two points of mental focus to quiet your mind and go into an effective meditative state. Let’s examine their process.
Step One: Say this affirmation to yourself, “I choose to focus enjoyably inward.” Take a few deep breaths and focus your attention on each inhalation and exhalation. Continue to repeat the affirmation, “I choose to focus enjoyably inward,” while focusing your attention on each breath, in and out.
While continuing Step One, also focus on the natural rise and fall of your stomach as you breath. So now you’re affirming, “I choose to focus enjoyably inward,” while focusing on each breath in and out AND the rise and fall of your stomach. Do this for a bit and you’ll notice that your mind is not filled with other stuff. If your mind is still active with random thoughts, go back to the beginning of Step One and stay there until your mind is quiet.
When your mind is quiet, Step Two is to affirm this: “My mind is quiet…I am in Silence.” If indeed your mind is quiet and focused inward, continue being aware of your breathing and the rise/fall of your stomach. You are now in a meditative state where you experience calm, peaceful connection to your Source, God, Inner Wisdom, or whatever you name your higher power. Don’t expect brilliant flashes of insight and inspiration right away, though they may come in time. Just enjoy the calm and relaxation of being in touch with your core and your connection.
That’s it. The authors claim scientific evidence that our minds cannot focus
on more than two events simultaneously. When we focus on each in/out of breath while simultaneously focusing on the rise/fall of our stomachs, we prevent our minds from doing anything else, like reminding us of all the stuff that awaits our attention.
Though I can normally quiet my mind easily, I’ve tried this technique when having problems getting into meditation and it really works for me.
Don’t give up if you try this a few times and fail to quiet your mind. Keep at it and I’m sure you’ll make a meditative breakthrough.
Did this help you? Share your experience, whether you were successful or not.