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"I Can't Meditate!" is something I hear on a regular basis. So many people I get speaking to think that meditation is difficult. They believe they can't meditate, or can't 'switch off'.
It seems that meditation has been made into a bit of an enigma or something special that you can only do if you're an enlightened or highly spiritual being. That's simply not true.
Have you ever had a moment of inspiration when you least expect it? Perhaps while you were doing the washing up, in the shower, (on the loo!), driving the car, or reading a book? That's because you had entered into a meditative state, quite without realising it.
In terms of spiritual and psychic development, I always encourage meditation for absolute beginners. Why would I do this if it was difficult? Because far from being for the enlightened, it is actually a very simple tool that will encourage your spiritual growth and psychic development. It's also great to help you gain some energy and perspective if you have a busy lifestyle.
And in fact, meditation is so simple!
Meditation is basically anything that allows you to switch away from your conscious, analytical, everyday awareness. It slows your brainwaves down and allows you to really relax and re-connect with the subconscious, intuitive part of your brain. That is why you get moments of inspiration when you are least expecting them.
Meditation doesn't have to be you sat cross-legged, dressed in white, chanting 'ohm'. It can be if you want it to. Tai chi or yoga is a form of meditation, even vacuuming the house or mowing the lawn could be meditative for you. Anyone with a brain, is capable of entering into a meditative state. It's what we do when we fall asleep.
Here's a simple meditation for you to practise. (Give yourself 5 or 10 minutes of uninterrupted time.)
Sit comfortably and close your eyes.
Take a deep breath in (preferably through your nose)
And slowly breathe out (again through your nose if you can)
Continue to breathe but counting with the breath:
In - 2 - 3 - 4
Out - 2 - 3 - 4
Hold and repeat for 5 - 10 minutes.
If at any time your mind wanders, starting counting your breath again.
Sitting quietly, focussing on your breathing like this or listening to a meditation CD or guided visualisation will give you all the benefits that meditation brings. And while you may find it hard to relax at first, continue to do it on a regular basis and you will soon find that it gets easier.
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