Meditation is Practical

Meditations relevant to your daily life in 2017

Where

Any location that you can make work. As a beginner, you will benefit from not having too many distractions. But, with practice and with some specific meditations, you can learn to use the distractions to your advantage and practice focus. Since you’re likely to have your eyes closed while you meditate, you should pay attention to noise as a distraction.

Suitable places include  on the sofa or a chair at home, sitting cross legged on the floor or a cushion, your desk at work, the washroom stall, the bathroom using the toilet as a place to park, on your bed, lying on the floor or a cushion, outside on the grass, the beach, in a park, on a bench, in the food court, a coffee shop, in your car (while parked), in a room with other people, alone, as part of a group.

 

When

Again – There are no rules.  Try for at least once per day almost every day. Forming a habit is optimal but not essential because habits have force – that is why they are so hard to break..

Immediately before sleep is probably the most challenging time except if you are using meditation to fall asleep.

From a weight management point of view it’s probably best to meditate before a meal.

Good habit forming times – Before you eat your breakfast / drink your morning drink. Immediately after some other cleansing ritual like brushing your teeth. Upon waking. During work commute. On arriving home from work. At a particular time at work.

 

What

What kind of subject matter is covered in the guided meditations?

Our guides talk about things that relate to real life . Something in the list below must resonate with you. If it doesn’t resonate then find another meditation.

 

Travel Office Coffee Shop After Exercise Emotional Body Care Visualization Peace Sex Rest & Sleep Weight Self Awareness Relationships Positivity How to Meditate Anxious 5 Minute Break Listen to the chatter Relaxation Anxious Pain Drifting down a stream In the bath In the moment 5 Minute Rest Before eating Self Compassion The value of friends Celebrate How to ‘get it’ Sardines Before a Meeting Reading tea leaves Recovery Travel Anxiety Ache Lying in the sun In the shower Letting Go 7 Minute Rest Hungry You Go Girl Change Love the planet John’s experience Boarding Group Mindfulness 5 mins of peace Pain Sad Chronic Pain Alien World In the garden Better Orgasms Breathing Emotional Pain Love your body Why men sulk Something Special Lisa’s experience Delayed Group Focus Before you leave Mental Stretching Ruminating Symmetry Weighless On the Sofa Feel the sensation Falling Asleep 1 Bad thoughts Self Esteem Rejection The sun will rise again Robyn’s Experience  Flying Creativity Eavesdrop Hurt Back Ache In the forest Good memories Mind Body Falling Asleep 2 Virtual Snack Anger Disappointed in others ? Find Beauty Simply Being    Waiting Dull work

 

How

It’s easy – simply listen to the guide. No advance knowledge or preparation is required. Unlike most other things you have tried there are no pre-requisites other than being human.

Guided meditation makes ‘getting it’ easy. You will be meditating from day 1. And enjoying it.

If a particular guided meditation does not resonate with you then try another. You will tend to have favorites that you do over and over until you want something new.


Answering some questions from people new to meditation

Hi.

When you are in love you can tell someone how you feel but it is difficult to share exactly how you feel. Its similar with meditation.

Am I doing it right ? Because there are so many right ways of meditating it can leave you a little confused. You might also hear conflicting advice.  Our advice is simple and effective. It will help you enjoy the experience and stick with it. Thats our goal. Getting you to stick with it because that is how meditation works if magic in the background of your life – by being a regular activity.

 

Do you need special clothing, gear, equipment ?

No you dont. However, you should do things that make you feel good and please you.  If it makes you happy to sit with a special rug then do it. If it makes you happy to change into loose clothing when you come home from work before you meditate then do it. Mediation is about improving your life.

 

Is there a particular time of day ?

Try for at least once per day almost every day. Forming a habit is optimal  because habits have force – thats is why they are so hard to break..

Immediately before sleep is probably the most challenging time except if you are using meditation to fall asleep.

From a weight management point of view its probably best to meditate before a meal.

Good habit forming times – Before you eat your breakfast / drink your morning drink. Immediately after some other cleansing ritual like brushing your teeth. Upon waking. During work commute. On arriving home from work. At a particular time at work.

 

How often ?

The long term effects and the health effects occur if you meditate regularly. What constitutes ‘regularly’ is debated. Try for 3 times a week to almost every day.  You can’t cause harm by doing it more often. You can meditate several times in one day.

How long ?

Most scientific research is based on 20 or more minutes per  session. There is lots of anecdotal evidence suggests that 10 minutes per day can be effective. Do not meditate for hours at a time.

Where should I meditate ?

Any location that you can make work. As a beginner you will benefit from not having too many distractions but with practise and with some specific mediations you can use the distractions to your advantage and practice focus. Since you will more often have your eyes closed you should pay attention to noise as a distraction.

Suitable places include  on the sofa or a chair at home, sitting cross legged on the floor or a cushion, your desk at work, the washroom stall, the bathroom using the toilet as a place to park, on your bed, lying on the floor or a cushion, outside on the grass, the beach, in a park, on a bench, in the food court, a coffee shop, in your car (while parked ), in a room with other people, alone, as part of a group.

 

Distractions ?

What happens if I get an itch while I am meditating ?

Here is the answer from an extremist  – you should notice it, feel it but you should detach your response from the sensation. In other words you should ignore the itchiness and spend time experiencing the itch as if its just another sensation you are experiencing in the present moment.

Here is the answer from EASE – If you like scratch it. If you dont, ignore it. Meditation is generally about observing rather than acting but there is no mediation police so by all means scratch away if that is what it takes to let go and get your focus back.

 

Breathing – The reader breathes differently from me  ?

In many mediations you will be asked to observe or notice your breathing. At times you will be asked to take deep breaths. The reader will count – inhale … pause … exhale ….. Inhale ….

What happens if the pacing of the reader does not correspond to the pace at which you breath naturally ?

Breath at your own pace and ignore the counting / pacing of the reader.

 

Breathing – How to

Ideally your belly will be totally relaxed. Place a hand or both hands on your belly – it makes you more aware of the movement and depth of breath.

Breath through your nose or mouth. It doesn’t matter.

 

Noticing / Observing ?

The opposite of acting / doing . A semi-passive state in which things happen to you and during which you do very little.

For example – you notice that you are breathing through your mouth. You simply notice. You don’t try and change anything.  You dont start wondering about your blocked nose – you simply let go of the thoughts – and simple be an observer.

Its as if your senses are connected to your brain but not to your thoughts. You notice the sun on your skin but you dont think about the sun, you dont think about the weather, you dont move your arm (unless you are uncomfortable),

Think of yourself as a sensation junkie who is too lazy/passive to do anything about the sensations.

 

Judging / Changing / Forcing

The opposite of being an observer. In a way having a focus / subject of a mediation is kid of like forcing something. Forcing certain observations … that is why we talk about a light focus. Take care not to be a forceful observer – in other words dont give too much thought to your observations.

What happens if I don’t like the guided meditation I am listening to ?

There is a lot of variety. Try another. It could be the reader, the words, the pacing …. If it doesn’t resonate then move on.  Life is too short to persevere at things that are not helpful. We want to form good habits and that will be hard to do if you are not enjoying the experience.