Meditation for Dummies
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This is one of my longer posts because I believe it may have the most impact on yourlife. I’m going to do my best to summarize this as briefly as possible. I hope you enjoy.
Most people in todays society do not meditate. And if they do try it they give up because they feel like it doesn’t work. But I can tell you with 100% certainty it does work.
Whether they don’t understand how, they think they don’t have time or they just don’t realize the benefits, they choose not to.
Maybe they think they will look goofy sitting indian style with their eyes closed? Or even maybe, they just don’t care. I’m not exactly sure.
But you’re not most people.
And neither am I.
That is our best quality.
Over the course of my early 20’s to my early 30’s I was kind of just going. Just going through the motions of everyday life without actually paying attention to what was going on around me.
Going and going and going. Sound familiar? Yes I’m talking about a battery (Energizer bunny baby).
But the worst part, that I’m just know learning to understand, is that I didn’t know what was going on INSIDE OF ME.
Do you know what’s going on INSIDE OF YOU?
Ask yourself this question?
WHO AM I AND WHY AM I ALIVE?
We all have a purpose here on earth. What’s yours?
But think long and hard about this because it may be the most important question you ever ask.
I didn’t know the answer. I didn’t know who I was, and it scared the hell out of me.
Finally this all started to catch up to me and I had my first anxiety attack. For those of you who have never had an anxious episode like this you are truly blessed. I would not wish this on my worst enemy.
But now, I think I understand why it happened?
I began to do some research online about what happened and WHY it happened. Article after article, page after page, all lead to the same thing, ADD/ADHD.
But why now?
I mean, I was a healthy kid who made good grades and never showcased any signs of this before. Why all the sudden am I changing as an adult?
Another question I asked myself was “Do I really want to be doped up on adderoll to make myself feel normal?” Hell no!
So I searched for natural remedies.
As adults, every single day, we are moving. Constantly repeating the same patterns over and over and over again.
(And this is no exception for the children of our world, the future of this planet.)
Work, kids, bills, stress, alcohol, sleep, repeat. I call it robot mode.
Simply put, you have zero time for YOURSELF.
Why do you think people love vacation so much? So they can relax and forget about all the nonsense (noise) of every day life. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
This is where the magic of meditation comes in. The best way I can describe the benefits of meditation is this:
When done consistently and patiently it INTESIFIES YOUR SENSES.
Sounds cool to me!
You begin to see, smell, hear, taste and touch things at a higher level.
You know why this happens?
It’s because when you meditate, you learn to block out all the outside noise of society. Stuff that really serves no purpose at all, except to distract of you of your own true potential.
You give your mind time to relax, or take a break. Its almost like sleeping except you’re fully aware of what’s going on.
When you learn to block out all the noise and only accept what you truly want to accept into your life, mind, body, and soul, that my friends is when LIFE begins.
For example; when I see a flower.
I don’t see a flower.
I see all the beautiful and vibrant colors the flower has to offer. I see the roots beneath the soil and appreciate the time it takes for a flower to blossom. I could go on for days about this but ill keep it simple.
What I’m getting at here is that meditation teaches you what you want to look for in your life and helps you block out all the junk.
Besides the fact that it makes you extremely happy it also produces multiple health benefits.
It reduces anxiety, helps you stay calm under stressful situations, reduces stress (the #1 killer in humans) and I even believe it even lowers blood pressure (I’ve never had high blood pressure so I cant confidently say so.)
But the best part about this whole experience is the feeling you get from it…….
So you ask, how do I freaking meditate already?
Personally what has worked for me is an app called HEAD SPACE and using free Youtube videos. The app is free for 10 days and its for beginners. There are also other apps such as CALM, and 10% HAPPIER.
Or if you want to take advice from a regular dude who is semi-experienced try this:
Take a deep breathe.
Slowly in your nostrils, say to a count of 4. But when you breathe in and this is key,
FEEL THER BREATHE AND FOCUS ON THE BREATHE TRAVELING INSIDE YOUR NOSTRILS AND FILLING UP YOUR LUNGS.
Now slowly exhale, however you like. Through your nose or your mouth, it doesn’t matter, and feel the feeling of the breathe leaving your body.
As long as you are totally consciously aware of your breathe, and you’re able to focus ONLY on your breathe, that is the goal. When you do this, your mind is shut down from all the outside noise.
Or try this:
When you walk and you’re taking steps. Simply count them. Be aware of what you are doing at that present moment. Quit thinking about other crap and focus on what you are doing.
YOU ARE WALKING.
Feel your feet beneath your body as they follow each other one after the other. Feel them as they come into contact with the ground and feel them when they lift off.
With patience, over time, you will make progress and your mind will start blocking out all the crap and only allow the good to enter.
You can do this, I promise you that.
And one more piece of quick info here, do yourself a favor and google what successful people throughout history and what successful people today do.
THEY ALL MEDITATE!
And if you think people like Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein were “born” with their abilities, well I would say, “Think again.”
So that’s my advice on meditation for dummies (I just used that because it’s a quite common phrase. Of course I don’t think you’re stupid.)
I am not a doctor, psychiatrist or a therapist. I’m just a regular guy who has had the honor to experience monumental positive growth through meditation and I feel obligated to lend a helping hand.
And if you’re still interested, let me tell you a quick story about what happened to me after my 9th or 10th meditation session.
I was in my back yard on a nice sunny day. I had my ear buds in, lying down on a towel that was on top of the grass. I pulled up a spiritual Youtube meditation video and started doing my thing.
Simply following instructions that the woman’s soft voice was guiding me to do. Inhaling slowly, exhaling slowly. This was the process for the first few minutes.
She then told me to visualize a soft white light beaming inside of me. Entering from the top of my skull, traveling down my throat, into my chest and then down the rest of my body.
She instructed me to do this slowly and gently and not to worry if my mind was getting off track. Don’t judge the situation, just be the situation.
This process probably lasted 10 minutes or so.
Trying to recollect what happened the second half of this meditation is hard to remember exactly. It was like I was in a 3rd dimension or something. I’m not kidding.
So after about 30 minutes I think it was I heard her soft calm voice tell me to slowly remove my head phones. That’s when it happened!
I’m going to try to explain this to the best of my ability here…….
I stood up slowly and removed my ear buds ever so gracefully, ever so slowly and ever so peacefully.
I stood there motionless. I was in a complete state of Nirvana.
What was once just a normal backyard setting to me had completely changed.
I COULD SEE AND FEEL EVERYTHING!
I remember looking around in amazement at the beauty of my backyard. The once normal birds were so much more beautiful. I could actually see each individual feather and the many different colors of the birds beautiful wings.
Being in the backyard for about 30 minutes on a warm sunny day in Texas I naturally had some sweat on me.
I could see and feel every sweat gland pouring from my body. I remember staring at the palms of my hands and seeing the sweat drops resting on them. I could see with such detail the lines in my palms.
I could even see each individual blade of grass as I stepped over them. I could feel the crunch of the grass beneath my toes as I stood up and began walking around.
I felt like I was on ecstasy (dont ask me how I know what that feels like).
That euphoric state lasted for about 3 days.
I honestly believe with every ounce of my soul that I experienced some kind of en-lightened state, or Awakening.
It comes and goes every now and then, and I do see things differently, but not to that intensity.
After practicing almost daily for about 2 years now I consider myself a completely different man.
I am mindful of my thoughts. I can focus. I am peaceful and I am calm. I see the positive in almost every situation and I no longer judge people. Including myself.
I AM HAPPY.
Now don’t get me wrong, some days are better than others but that’s all part of this amazing transformation. It takes time, practice and dedication. Like planting a flower and taking the time to nourish it. EXCEPT YOU ARE THE FLOWER.
Hopefully this post reaches someone out there who can and will benefit from this. Meditation has completely changed my life for the better as it has for millions of others throughout the world. Thank you all.
Humbly written by Chris McDaniel.