We live in a fast paced world. With the progress of technology we can see what’s happening across the globe as it’s occurring. I can instant message ,text message, or zoom in on any information I may need just with a click of a mouse. Its wonderful to have technology at our fingertips which connects us to an amazing world. Meditation offers us a similar opportunity to be connected to the universe that is within. There is a place of stillness, of quiet truth that offers not only physical and health benefits but also can enrich every aspect of our waking and sleeping hours.
I first starting meditating after a health scare with Bells Palsy back in 1985. At the time I was working to develop my musical career as well as my psychotherapy training. Determination and energy were certainly part of my personality. I wanted things to move in response to the amount of energy invested. The Bells Palsy was a wake up call to slow down a bit and be open to another kind of power not self propelled. A wonderful healer and teacher, Dorothy Pupke, taught me ways to explore this inner peace through meditation and connection to our psychic and intuitive gifts. The peace and inner contentment that resulted impacted on everything I did as well as on how I lived my life. I found that by taking time to enter the silence , the flow of life was easier and at times I even felt guided. Although the simple work of meditation has been documented, my personal journey has opened my heart to a fuller spiritual dimension.
My interest in meditation and the impact it had on my life motivated me to train in the use of hypnotherapy. As a psychotherapist I have witnessed the combined healing of the spoken word with the deep relaxation that hypnotherapy provides. The combined use of meditation tools, the added dimension of deeper work through intuitive hypnotherapy have resulted in my Grief Guide and Workbook and my Wrap Myself in a Rainbow Script for Healing and CD. The techniques I share here and in my workshops incorporate a combination of my favorite and most practical ways stay connected to our healing center.
- To feel calm and centered .
- To increase one’s power of concentration.
- To feel energized and alert.
- To open up access to intuition and inner knowing.
- To be mindful of our critical and judgmental mind.
- To gain clarity in decision making and in seeing options for our lives.
- To empower our best self to come forth.
- To help us cope with losses and life’s struggles.
- To become more accepting of self and others.
- To provide healing to body, mind and spirit.To relax deeply and release stress.
- To lower the heart rate.
- To assist the immune system and all areas of health & healing.
- To recover more quickly from stressful situations.
- To regain and reclaim a spiritual connection.
Ways to Meditate and Enter the Healing Center
- Just Breathe: Sitting comfortably, bring concentration to each inhalation and exhalation. Do not control the breath. Be with the breath. Don't rush it. Don't hinder it.Watch it. Become it. Stay in touch with the experience of breathing. The goal is to bring mindful focus on the breath . Thoughts will come and go but gently return to the breath . Breathe in through the nose. Hold for a count of 3. Exhale through the mouth for a count of three. Repeat up to seven times or til you fall into a flow that is your own intuitive process.
- The Body Scan: Lay down or sit comfortably as you breath in a comfortable focus. Starting with the top of your head imagine a glowing light that moves down your body gently relaxing each section as the glow touches it. Spend enough time on each part to experience it fully. You may want to use a pattern of three breaths to each part (toes, calves, legs, thighs, etc.). My CD Healing Meditation utilizes this process as part of the total meditation. Please remember.This is not a race. Suspend the idea of time and accomplishment. We are entering a different dimension from our ordinary daily hustle and bustle.
- Mantra: Choose a word or sound (some use "AUM" - said "OM") and repeat it on each exhale until the sound naturally ends. You may use a word of religious or spiritual significance.
- Affirmation: Repeat a phrase of positive affirmation. Breathe in and then on the exhaltation say or sing: “I am peace.” Or “ I am Love.” Or “ I am joyful.” Repetition of the phrase in calm and non rushed manner will assist in guiding you to a peaceful state of meditation.
- A Walking Meditation: Take your shoes off. Find an area where you can walk undisturbed and slowly. As you walk, become aware not only of the feet but also the feeling in the feet, the legs. Name the movement, i.e. lifting, moving, touching ground. You can also seek out a labyrinth often utilized as a relaxation and spiritual tool.
Whatever meditation technique you choose, take time for it. Be patient and nonjudging of self and the process. You start only in this moment. Now is the moment to be open to the peace of mind and spirit that is life enhancing. Surrender to the power that is within you to fully enrich your life and open to unexpected surpises and opportunities. Meditation takes on a special meaning when opened to God and or unseen angels and spiritual companions. You may begin your meditation time with a prayer of thanksgiving letting go of expectation and negative or worrisome thoughts.
Products from GriefSong.com for Meditation and Guided Imagery: Healing Meditation, Wrap Myself In A Rainbow, Grief Guide and Workbook, Unspoken, A Quiet Place