Updated: Feb 18
How to get the most out of meditation to heal your body, mind, and spirit naturally
Meditation has become "trendy" in the West and lots of people like to think they have it down pat. What most don't realize is that most people are not tapping into NEARLY the magnitude of benefits they could be getting if they made a few changes to their technique.
Meditation can be extraordinarily transformative when you do it effectively and can make life-saving changes to your body's internal climate.
1. Let Go of Stress-Inducing Belief Patterns
Most people think of meditation as just a seated quiet time activity that helps clear your mind. The thing is, 90% of people are meditating ineffectively. They may be getting some slight health benefits by having a little more brain balance but if you're not working on the mental and physical levels you're not getting nearly as much benefit as you could be getting.
When you are about to meditate, you want to become as present as possible. This means holding yourself with magnified mindfulness throughout your body. Some common things that can get in the way of this are mental attachments to past/future, like a general nagging feeling that you have things that you still have to take care of, or your life is going to fall apart if you don't remember something, or you're still kicking yourself for something you did or failed to do.
When you allow yourself to acknowledge and release any of these stories you get stuck on, and let them dissipate BEFORE the meditation begins, you've already set the stage for a much more effective meditation than most people get for themselves.
2. Feel, Don't Think
During meditation, most people experience that they have thoughts or images flit across their mind. This is normal and does not mean that you're failing. Just allow yourself to focus on FEELING instead of thinking. The brain can only do one or the other at a time. If you find yourself thinking a lot and playing out stories in your head, your attention has gone away from feeling the sensations that are there waiting to be felt.
The most effective way to go into feeling is to put all of your awareness in the center of your chest and feel this space as the origin of your consciousness. Let it be the center point that you breathe and feel from. This will help you to center yourself and stay focused on feeling.
The more you accumulate awareness, the deeper and more sensitively you will be able to feel.
We live in a world full of distractions and demands on our attention. Your attention span muscle may be weak and need to shift between different things. Be patient with yourself when you notice this, remember to go back into feeling, and resume. Over time holding this light state of focus will increase your ability to hold your attention dramatically, as well as amplify your system's healing abilities (the more energy accumulates without interruption, the more powerful it becomes).
This is also a crucial foundation for learning how to heal yourself and others if you choose to go down that path.
3. Stand for Change
Standing for meditation instead of sitting is guaranteed to catapult your progress in self-mastery and reaping the rewards