Whew chile, if only I knew about the power and benefits of meditating over 10 years ago, it probably would have saved me from going to jail, cussing folks out, going from 10 to 100 in 0,5 seconds and kept me from being slick with my tongue!!! Now I meditate like it is a damn ritual because it helps me set the tone for my day and again to keep me from laying hands on some y'all. #FACTS
To be honest, I have only been meditating for almost 3 years now. I already had interest to do it before I started, but I thought I would need to meditate like for an hour or so and the way my ADD is set up, that wouldn't had went well at all. When I first did my meditation, I used an app that used meditation sounds such as rain or waterfall. Mannnnn I barely lasted for 2 minutes trying to stay focused. My mind was like Jim Carrey all over the place. I was like this here is for the birds and those Monks, but I really wanted to learn so I kept researching the app store until I found a guided meditation (a person who guides you with instructions during the meditation) app that I liked.
What is meditation? Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a habitual process of training the mind to focus and redirect thoughts. People use it to increase awareness and their surroundings and to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state. People also use the practice to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, and healthy sleep patterns.
What are the three important things to know when it comes to meditation?
Find your quiet meditation place. You need to find a place where you won't be disturbed and where you can sit in silence without interruptions. Good luck with that if you have kids who don't even let you shit alone in the bathroom!! As us mothers know, this is often more difficult to do. Once you find your place, you need to get in a comfortable position where you won't be moving a lot to get comfortable. Like me, I have a small space area in my room that I use for my meditation time. I have my yoga mat and a very cushion meditation pillow that I purchased off Amazon to keep my butt and back from hurting. You don't need to sit cross-legged on the floor. You can even sit on a chair or you can lay down to do your meditation. Whatever you choose as long as you are in a stable position and your palms are facing the sky so you can receive and be downloaded with all of The Universe good energies.
Become present in the moment. Meditation is all about being mindful of where you are mentally, physically and spiritually. This is the time where you become present in the moment and in what is going on around you, You will definitely need to become totally aware (self-awareness) of where you are, who you are and of your surroundings to be truly present in the moment. This can take some practice for a few times, but I promise you when you learn to get present in the moment, chile it's a whole different level!! You will need to keep your eyes closed and take deep breaths in and exhale them out. Pay attention to what is around you. You know like few of the senses we learned in school...Smell, Sound and Touch.
Breathing is the most important part of meditation. Do you know before I started meditating, I didn't know that I was breathing WRONG all this time!! Yes! Many of us are walking around using the wrong breathing techniques. LAWD have mercy! It is essential that you learn to focus on your breath if you want to make the most of your practice. Take in long, deep breaths. You have to follow your breath with your mind. Imagine it flowing through your body, out through your lungs and through your nostrils. The more you stay focused on your breaths, the better. I usually do three deep cleansing breaths to breathe out any stress, tension or negative energy.
There are 6 popular types of meditation practice:
HOMEWORK: Go to Google University to learn about them!
Can you all guess which one I practice? Yep, the Spiritual one. Spiritual meditation is similar to prayer in that you reflect on the silence around you and seek a deeper connection with your God or Universe. Essential oils and incense are commonly used to heighten the spiritual experience. My popular options are Sage, Palo Santo (Holy stick), white candle (for my ancestors and spirit guides), pink candle (represents love) and crystals.
Spiritual meditation is a practice that is beneficial for those who thrive in silence and seek spiritual growth.
Is Spiritual meditation the same as Christian mediation?
The short simple answer is No! Christian meditation is not the same.
Christian meditation is a form of prayer in which a structured attempt is made to become aware of and reflect upon the revelations of God. Christian meditation deliberately focused on specific thoughts such as a Bible passage and reflecting on their meaning in the context of the love of God. So when you hear Christian people saying had been in prayer and meditation all day, they are referring to The Word! Both are great, but are different!
The Bottom Line
Meditation is something everyone can do to improve their mental and emotional health. You can do it anywhere, without special equipment or memberships. Try out a style of meditation that is suitable for you that will help you to improve your life and keep you from taking somebody's else life!!
There are different apps that you can try, but some do require an in app purchase (the good ones). I had a subscription with Simple Habit for $12.99/Monthly. They have good guided meditations especially for beginners. I have learned to practice meditation in silence, so I don't use it anymore. And if you are frugal, you can always try YouTube for some free ones!
Until then My Loves, be GOOD to your MIND, BODY and SOUL!