Keep Calm Stay Focused

Meditation is a mystery to many in the Western world. Sure, they have all heard of it, but most say they "don’t have time" to slow down for it and others say they simply don’t know how or they’ve tried it and couldn’t do it "right." Some even misunderstand it as being against their religion or think something crazy might happen, like they’ll start levitating during a session. While I actually think that levitating would be pretty cool — no, that’s not going to happen! What will happen is a slew of positive health benefits. Regular meditation produces a sense of calm, peace, balance, and reduced stress, anxiety and depression. Meditation also enables you to stay more focused with longer attention span and better thought control than one would without meditation. Other side effects include increased happiness, more creativity, and deeper self-awareness and acceptance. If the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.

Despite all of the fantastic benefits, statistically, less than 10 percent of Americans have a meditation practice. The reason why is quite simple. As a whole, they don’t know any better. They live in a very fast-paced society and have it ingrained in their brains that if they slow down, they are going to get passed up and plowed over. Further, as a society, they are over-medicated and taught that the cure for pretty much everything lies within a pill. Therefore, they have lost faith in their own bodies and its amazing abilities to heal. If doctors wrote out prescriptions to start a meditation practice and fuel bodies with healthy nutrition, then miracles could happen. Since science and technology is advanced in US that they overlook the basics that are right in front of them and easy for all to achieve. There is no money to be made in telling people to meditate, and Americanism is a very profit-driven society.

Americans can all become spiritually rich if they turn to tools like meditation, which help them to raise their mental vibrations and those of the world around them. A meditation practice helps one to get to the core of our being. By stilling mind and silencing the overwhelming abundance of thoughts wildly dancing through at any given time, one is able to hear the voice of our loving inner guide over that of one’s fear-based ego. Once one is able to loosen the tight grasp that the ego mind has on you, you can swap out unpleasant insecurities, anxieties and fears for peace, happiness, and fulfilling our destinies.

You should sit in meditation for 20 minutes every day — unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour. At first, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to Americans. But, anybody that has had a meditation practice will say, "I totally get it!" When we’re super busy, we usually feel tense and high-strung, which is our body’s normal reaction to stress. Meditation helps us to feel calm and thus allow stress to melt away. Meditating is not going to make our schedules any less hectic. However, it will make us more clear-headed and able to deal with whatever life tosses our way so that we actually begin dancing joyfully amidst the chaos. We’re essentially training our brain how to relax and deal with things in a much more level-headed and peaceful manner.

If this all sounds good to you, but you still have no idea where to begin, here is simple starter pack. Try to set up a little sacred spot in your home to go to every time you meditate. Put a few articles out that inspire you or that you have a spiritual connection too. If not, don’t let that stop you. That point is to just get it in when you can. If you have something specific that you want to meditate on, think or pray about it before you begin your session. You don’t want to try to force or control your thoughts while meditating, so if you have something that you’re seeking guidance on, it’s best bring it up beforehand. Find a quiet spot and sit comfortably. If you have kids, you might need to sneak out of bed before the rest of the house wakes up or do it after they go to bed. You might try headphones with some relaxing music to drown out the noise. Just find a way to make it work with your schedule and lifestyle. Decide how long you will meditate for. Beginners might want to start with just a few minutes a day and gradually increase. Five minutes is better than zero! Just like working out, the benefits will compound over time. Generally, the more frequently and longer, the better, but don’t discount the short sessions. Thirty minutes a day is an excellent goal to strive for. Set a timer. There are many apps you can download for phone or table that have timers, keep logs, and play chimes at the beginning and end of your session. Close your eyes and focus on your breathe. Inhale deeply into your diaphragm and slowly exhale. Don’t force the breathe, but just let it flow naturally as your allow your attention to draw there. Don’t worry if thoughts come while you are meditating. That is going to happen, especially if you’re new to it. Just try to observe the thoughts without judgment. Continue this until your timer lets you know the session is up. Don’t quit early!! Completing your full session time is going to help you build the discipline needed for an ongoing meditation practice. If you stick with it daily and increase your session length over time, you’ll soon notice some positive changes in your life. Try journaling afterwards to log any major insights or an especially great feeling. You will feel so wonderfully grounded, peaceful, and ready to conquer the world!

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