Read Elements For A Healthier Life Magazine Issue 11 | March 2017 - Page 46

The benefits of meditation can assist in stress reduction, a stronger sense of Self, strengthen your intuition, and a peaceful mind. Did you know by spending a few moments preparing for a meditation, it is possible to have a deeper experience?

Try one, try them all. Experiment to which of these tips resonates with you.

1. Have a glass of water nearby. At the end of the meditation, it is a good idea to drink some water to help ground you back into the here and now. Often times when working with the throat chakra we may get a tickle in our throat as we release stagnant or blocked energies within this chakra.

2. Have a pen and paper nearby. Often times we will receive messages during a meditation. Some people prefer to write out the messages or things they sensed to save for reference. While it’s not necessary to journal about the experience, trust the information was received on a spiritual (or soul) level.

3. Sit in comfortable chair or lay down on something comfortable in a space where you will not be interrupted and away from distractions.

4. Turn off the volume of your phone’s ring tone, or any devices that alerts you of an incoming calls, new messages or emails. Meditation is practice in which we center your attention on our self; a time of peace without distractions from the outside world.

5. Don’t worry about the “how”. Starting anything knew can create a sense of insecurity or questioning Self, “Am I doing this right?” Each person experiences meditation differently, and not always the same way from one to another. There are individuals who will visualize the scene as it is played out while others remain in the darkness of having their eyes closed with the other four senses feel, smell, hear, and/or taste active.

6. Open eyes gently. At the conclusion of the guided meditation, open your eyes gently to become more aware of our surroundings and your physical body.

7. Breathing. When guided to take in a deep breath and exhale the deep breath, try to evenly space out the duration of time. For example, breathe in through your nose for a count of six and exhale out your mouth for a count of six.

8. Don’t worry about clearing your mind. Our minds may wander during any type of meditation. This is normal. Try to bring your thoughts back to the guided meditation.

9. Schedule extra time to sit for a moment afterward. Anticipate taking a few moments after any meditation for reflection.

Going Deeper