60,000 thoughts each day running around in our heads. Much is often repetitive…going round and round and round on an issue…mind rut, stinkin’ thinking. Literally creating its own hard-wired pathway in our brain. We’re stressing ourselves out for heaven’s sake. Meditation is a way to quiet the mind so you can see through to your own or divine wisdom. By repetitively thinking about that problem or issue we have literally created a neural pathway, a mind rut, making it physically hard to break out of that pattern. Meditation allows you to break out of that rut, to think clearer and more creatively, to hear the wisdom inside you.
1) space it at least 2 hours after a meal
2) turn off electronics
3) set a schedule and stick to it
4) sit or lay down with your back straight
5) soft instrumental music may help (music with no words associated with it)
6) recognize that feelings of boredom is the ego talking…you KNOW it’s good for you
7) you might want to read a medication passage first
8) try meditation CD’s or apps and experiment with what works for you. Youtube has some guided meditations that you can experiment with, to find out what works for you.
References and Resources
Artress, Lauren, Walking a Sacred Path — Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool, Riverhead Books, New York, 1995.
Sarma, Kamal, Mental Resilience, The Power of Clarity, How to Develop the Focus of a Warrior and the Peace of a Monk, New World Library, Novato, Calif., 2008.
Scribner, Elaine, Stride Like a Lion, Soar Like an Eagle, 2012.
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