Essential Preparation Steps for Meditation

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We all at this point in time know the importance of meditation and connecting with our selves.

But the truth is meditation is not all that easy if we have not done the pre-work that gets us in the right kind of state to continue meditation.

Many of us carry around trauma which gives us a very unstable and scattered mind.

Trauma often cause us to harbor emotions in our bodies that never found a way to be released.

This often throws our energetic bodies out of balance and sitting with our own selves becomes a very painful exercise.

This is why we need to tackle these physical and energetic body related issues first.

So what does pre-work involve.

1.Releasing old pent up emotions

First we need to find a way to release blocked emotions. This maybe through inner child therapy, body work, yoga or visualization meditations.

2. Heal and nourish the body

We then need to nourish our physical body with healthy and appropriate food for our unique body type and specific rejuvenative herbs that help us balance the energies within the body.

3. Letting go of anger

We must let go of any anger we harbor towards our selves and others. Pent up anger can rise up inside of us in the most unlikely moments. Specially when you sit to mediate, anger can rise up and disturb the meditation.

Anger can be released through writing and visualizing apologies toward yourself from others and towards others from you (if you need to appologise).

4. Connection with the body

We need to fully embrace our physical bodies as part of us, or we can easily become disassociated from it. To help us connect and ground into our bodies, we can practice a body scan on a daily basis.

5. Cultivate virtues

Then we need to cultivate virtuous thoughts within our selves. This may be by practicing your own religious rituals or reading a virtuous book. There are many practices we can do like praying and reciting commandments, reciting precepts for Buddhists or practicing living kindness.

6. Keep good conduct

When we live in society and interact with others we can very easily fall into negative actions like slanderous speech, gossip, consumption of intoxicants, lieing, cheating and stealing. We have to stop/minimize these things before we can really start our meditation practice.

It would take a few weeks to complete the above steps.

After we have completed all these steps, our vessels will be pure and it would be easy to get into to a meditative state and stay there.

We just need to find a quiet place and assume the lotus posture. once we are ready. Then start with focusing on the breath for about 10 minutes. Once we achieve a sense of calm, we can go into practicing vipassana, or just observe this moment with full concentration.

The pre-work would make the meditation feel a lot easier to get into and maintain for a long period of time.

You will find that meditation has become much more appealing to you.

~Thanks for reading~

Cleanse The Mind’s Palate

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Do you often wish that you can make the mind completely fresh and new?

It seems as though it is filled with so many thoughts and impressions.

Some are truly our thoughts but majority are impression left behind by the content we consume and what we are exposed to in our environments.

The mind does not take long to get dirty, specially in this chaotic digital era.

Our minds need more cleansing than do our bodies, in fact it should be cleansed multiple times during the day.

At least this feels true to me.

There are many ways to cleanse the mental palate.

Some that I found to work are:

Meditation – It is just a simple act of taking the attention away from the mind and into the rising and falling of the abdomen (as a result of the breath). This does not mean that the mind will not generate thoughts, but rather your energy and attention will not be drained by the mind during meditation. So the thoughts generated by the mind will be less. Its that awareness that the mind is just another organ like the heart and we do not need to get fixated on it. And in fact you begin to realize that thoughts are very random and discrete the way they happen. You realize that it is not a narrative reciting your life story on the background.

Grounding is another a great tool. Just spending time outside in nature seems to clear the mind. The research has now been found that its due to the electrical nature of our bodies. We need to ground our system to get the electrical balance back into the body. There is a movie that covers all the science behind this on you tube, which I stumbled upon and was really fascinated.

Ocean – Spending time near the ocean has always been really calming and relaxing to me. This goes for bathing in salt water too. I am not sure what the science behind this is. But it seems calm the mind and cleanse the body from pent up emotions.

Mantra/ Affirmations – Certain sounds seem to have a calming effect on the mind. There are certain ancient mantras that people recite to calm there minds and bodies. The sound vibrations are said to affect the water molecules in the body. Water is highly affected by vibrations as they have proven with many experiments. The very structure of the water molecules seems to change based on what it is been exposed to. So this is another tool. I find that it is quite effective. This is a common practice that is followed in the vedic tradition.

People have gotten used to escaping into their minds when the outer world is not so pleasant. Additionally , there is now another escape in the way of social media and content online which adds further content to the mind.

So it has become a necessity to cleanse the mind multiple times a day.

I know that people who are in the habit of praying multiple times a day automatically do this.

But the others need to make a conscious effort. It needs to become part of the daily routine for many people to get the mind back into balance.

I know that I need to do this. Being a compulsive thinker and analyser, I need to use one of the tools above often to get a sense of peace.

Thanks for reading~~