How to Cope With Sleep Apnea

More and More people are being diagnosed with sleep apnea, a problem where you actually are not breathing for periods during the night. I am not a medical professional and will not attempt to explain the reasons why this is happening, but the treatment is usually a machine that is used to keep the air passages open to allow for deep, uninterrupted sleep. There are various types of facial masks used, depending on the need. But, for most everyone, especially those using masks that cover mouth and nose or even the whole face, it requires some adjustment and patience.

While not a medical professional, I am mentioning some things that were helpful to me as I experienced this adjustment. The good news is that it is worth the trouble! You may not realize how little rest you have had until you know what it is to deeply and soundly sleep. For many, like myself, with a serious sleep apnea, it can be life-changing!

Instructions Things You’ll Need:

  • Doctor’s care and administration of a sleep test for apnea
  • Doctor’s prescription of machine and machine settings.
  • a PATIENT Medical equipment person to help yhou achieve success.Step 1

Step 1

Listen carefully to what your doctors’ and technicians say to you. And don’t hesitate to call them back with questions and problems. At your sleep test, you may begin treatment or determination of prescriptions. IN this setting, a prescription is the setting for your machine. Depending on your severity, the higher settings require a machine that breathes in and out since it would be difficult to exhale against the very high pressure. Usually, they will work you up gradually to the higher pressure. Also the machine has a ramp where it increases from a lower setting as you fall off to sleep.

Step 2

Don’t forget to use distilled water in your machine. not Bottled water but distilled. VERY IMPORTANT> I found that I do better with the heat setting on; I thought I wouldn’t since I am hot all the time with menopausal hot flashes. But, the heat setting seems to be soothing and opens up the airways some. I was having trouble using mine until I turned the heat on.
**Be careful when transporting your machine to empty out the water reservoir first…….It leaks everywhere!(experience)

Step 3

At first it feels very uncomfortable to have the air blowing in your face. Small sessions at a time are good, while watching a favorite tv program or listening to a book on tape. I like to listen to foreign language tapes. It is best not to focus on the actual mechanics of breathing.

Tips & Warnings

  • THE MOST important thing…..Continue to explore different masks with your professional equipment person until you find the correct mask and the correct size and fit. I was ready to give up when my technician brought me the GEL mask. It was perfect for me. It was lightweight, and had a different feel from the hard plastic. It meant the difference in my chunking the whole thing!
  • Some folks just have a nose mask….it is not as comfortable as oxygen..it has to go all the way up in your nose and seal the nostrils. A friend has this and is very comfortable, but I hated it. I am a mouth breather and they didn’t feel the effectiveness was going to be there anyway, but the high pressure makes the nose thing feel awful like your nose is exploding! My technician said that it was mainly for folks with lower pressures, or less air coming at you.
  • But, just keep on bothering them till they find you one that is comfortable and effective. When I found the gel mask, which is the one most people get she said, I was unable to even use my machine at all.
  • Whatever you have to do to follow your doctor’s directives, do it. Not doing it can permanently damage your heart. And besides long-term issues, once you get a good few hours on it, you will wake up and go WOW…is this how other people feel every day? Prior to my machine I had experienced about 4-6 weeks of little or no sleep. So it was like a GODsend.

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How to Survive Sleeping With a Snoring Partner

How to Survive Sleeping With a Snoring Partner

Step 1

Put a pillow over your head to drown out the noise You’ve looked forward to getting back to bed since you arose in the early morning. Ahhh, all settled in, and what is that horrible noise you hear? Oh no! How are you going to survive another night with “the snorer”. He’s oblivious to your pain. He’s already out, mouth hanging open and horrible sounds emanating from his throat. You think about the dreadful things you want to do to him . But you can’t, because 1st, you don’t want to spend the rest of your life in a jail cell, and secondly you have to find a civil solution to this. Try pushing him and tell him to ‘roll-over’. It didn’t work? Put your pillow overtop your own head, even though you’d rather put it overtop his head!

Step 2

Sleeping peacefully on the couch Still not working? Nudge him again. No response? The couch is the next step. Either him or you, it’s got to be done. Send him packing to the couch, or the spare bedroom. Sleep deprivation is unhealthy for you also.

Step 3

Pillow fight for your health. You’re feeling even more disturbed, because through the walls of your house, you can still hear that, that, that,,man sound again! Do something constructive. If he’s going to keep you awake, then all is fair in love and war. Wake him up with a pillow fight!! The kind you had with your sisters or brothers when you were young! This may relieve some of the stress and tension and maybe even be fun.

Step 4

C-Pap Machine saves lives. Make a Doctor appointment for your spouse to have a sleep study test done. This only takes a phone call, and it will be better for his health and yours if he goes away for one night to be studied. He may have sleep apnea, and this could be causing him to stop breathing, and then he grabs a long breath and a loud wretched snore. In the long run, you will have a happier, healthier, safer life with your spouse, because you’ll both be getting the proper sleep you need. Do this instead of divorcing him. He can’t help he’s got a problem, and this is a ‘fix-it’ kind of thing in a marriage! This I know personally. This is how I kept from having him euthanized! I do mean some of this in jest, but really, sleep apnea is jeopardizing his health

 

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The Cost of Eating Organic

The Cost of Eating Organic

I have struggled with the organic food prices for awhile. On the one hand I would love to only eat organic foods and foods and groceries from local farmers. I want to support my local economy and businesses. However, I have four children and the portions are ridiculously small for a family of five. There is barely enough in one package for two of my children, let alone all four of them. I realize they are smaller for a reason and there is less processing, which is great. They are natural, fewer additives and preservatives, and more natural vitamins and minerals in them. However, none of that does any good if the portion is so small it will never fill my children or myself up. Compound the small sizes with the grossly high prices. Again, I realize the prices are higher because they are not made in bulk, they do come from private farmers, and they are not processed foods. But, again the size is bad enough, but the price is like being slapped in the face. Reason one as to why I rarely eat organic or feed my children organic foods. As much as I would like to at times and I think that maybe somehow they would get something more by me doing so, I simply can not afford it.

Then there is the other problem I do have with organic foods, that besides the extremely high prices and very tiny portions, is that some of the foods are just not very good. Now I know that my taste buds are not use to organic foods and that maybe over time they would adapt to all natural foods, versus highly processed foods. However, explaining why the cereal does not taste the same to a 2 year old is a loosing battle. As for myself, it just does not taste good and as much as I know that I will get over that at some time, the small portions and high prices, make swallowing the food even harder. Reason number two as to why I don’t buy more organic foods.

I guess when it really comes down to it, I would love to buy organic, but I also realize that I can’t afford it, the portions are not reasonable and the quality just is not there. Paying a higher price does not always mean better quality either. Many foods can be listed as organic, because the rules for organic foods are not that strict and the standards are not that high. I just am not willing to pay those prices for organic foods. My family is too large and realistically it just is not good money management to spend three times the going price for food items, because their package says organic.

 

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Psychic Meditation for Telekinesis Training – Learn to be Psychic

Psychic Meditation for Telekinesis Training – Learn to be Psychic

While meditation is still fairly new to the Western world, it has long been practiced in the Eastern world. One discovery made is that meditation can help develop psychic powers. One of those powers is telekinesis which is the ability to move an object with the mind.

A very popular form of telekinesis has been spoon bending, popularized by Jack Houck. However, for now, let’s start with something more simple.

How to Be Psychic

When working on psychic development, practice is very important. In one way or another, psychic abilities involve the mind. In order to keep the mind clear, use meditation as a tool. Meditation can also play a key role when trying to learn telekinesis.

Psychic Meditation

When learning how to do telekinesis, start with trying to move a lightweight object. For this experiment, use a small pencil. Place a piece of paper on the table. Put a small pencil on the piece of paper. Trace the pencil on the paper in order to track its movement.

It’s best to already know basic meditation in order to use meditation for telekinesis development. Otherwise, the following meditation may not be successful. If you have never meditated before, learn some of the basics in the articles Sitting Meditation and Breathing Meditation.

Telekinesis Training

Begin by staring at the pencil. Make sure you burn the image into your mind. Now, sitting with good posture, allow your eyes to close and start taking relaxing, deep, slow long breaths. Clear your mind of all thoughts. Once you feel relaxed and focused, envision the pencil in your mind.

Using your mind only, try to roll the pencil. Visualize the pencil physically moving. Imagine part of your energy being transferred to the pencil in order to help it move. When you think you were able to psychically see the pencil move, end the meditation, open your eyes and see if you were successful.

Don’t be disappointed if nothing happened. Meditation skills and psychic development both take time and practice. An alternative to this experiment is to use a feather. Caution needs to be taken that you are far enough away from the feather that your breathing doesn’t cause it to move.

Many forms of psychic skills can be learned with the aid of meditation. Psychic meditation is a great way to try to learn telekinesis. Long practiced in the Eastern world, meditation can help develop other psychic abilities as well.

 

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Meditations for Difficult People: Exercises to Protect Against Draining Relationships

Meditations for Difficult People: Exercises to Protect Against Draining Relationships

Difficult people or times in a relationship are an unfortunate part of life. The following three meditations protect from such encounters, so one feels empowered and aware instead of drained and scared.

Judith Orloff’s Heart Meditation

Dr. Judith Orloff, psychiatrist and energy healer, recommends focusing on one’s own heart to boost energy, especially when dealing with difficult people.

The following adaptation of Orloff’s Three Minute Heart Meditation focuses on the beat of one’s own heart.

  1. Sit or stand comfortably. Notice the breath, and focus on slowing it.
  2. When breathing slowly, place the dominant hand over the heart. Imagine the heart beating and pumping against the palm of the hand.

 

  1. As the heart beats, close the eyes for a second and visualize a warm, bright light radiating from one’s heart. Keep imagining the heart pumping and the warm light growing warmer and brighter.
  2. Continue until the light completely surrounds the body.
  3. Now imagine a much-beloved person, place, or memory. Bathe that image in the light around the body, and see if the light grows brighter as one thinks of the image.
  4. When ready, focus again on the hand over the heart. Breathe deeply three times, and open the eyes.

The heart meditation can be practiced anywhere or anytime one has a free hand. One may desire to try it during or before a conversation with a difficult person to see how the exercise changes one’s perspective on the situation.

Shield Meditation

Blocking the effects of a negative person or encounter can prevent one from feeling drained and hopeless. The following visualization invites one to visualize a protective shield between him/her and a difficult person or situation.

  1. Breathe deeply in, and on the exhale visualize a blast of white light coming out of the mouth.
  2. Watch as the light forms a tall shield between the self and the difficult person or situation.
  3. Breathe in and out, and notice how strong the shield is, how it is curved towards you, and how nothing from the difficult person or situation is able to harm you.
  4. Look at the person or situation through the shield. Has your perspective changed?

When the threat has passed, or when one feels in control of the situation again, breathe in the shield of light, knowing that one can exhale it again at any time when needed.

Thich Nhat Hanh’s Compassion Meditation

Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace advocate Thich Nhat Hanh recommends seeing a situation through another’s eyes to increase compassion and understanding. The following adaptation of Hanh’s Compassion Meditation can be practiced in two parts, focusing on one’s own feelings surrounding a situation and focusing on the difficult person’s feelings.

Try this meditation to increase awareness about a difficult or frustrating relationship. The exercise works best with a person one knows well. Note that this meditation will invite deep reflection and self-awareness that may not necessarily be relaxing, though it certainly will bring healing in a relationship.

  1. Sit comfortably, with ten or more minutes to spare. Breathe in and out slowly and carefully.
  2. Bring to mind the person who is difficult. How does one feel about this person- angry, frustrated, or depressed? Sink into those feelings a little, and let them come.
  3. Hanh teaches that all anger has roots in past anger. Take a few minutes to notice any memories that may surface as one focuses on his/her anger. Spend some time sinking into those memories and letting them heal, if the experience is not too unpleasant.
  4. When have an understanding of one’s own feelings in the exchange, now focus on the person that is driving you crazy. What is his/her point of view? Try to get inside that person’s world to understand him/her better.
  5. What might the other person be feeling in this situation? Let those feelings come, too. Are they similar to the feelings you are having? What do you both have in common?
  6. If know that person well, imagine past experiences they have had that might lead them to be angry or unpleasant to you. Let those images flow and come.
  7. When have a clear idea of one’s own anger, as well as the other person’s anger, stop and place the right hand over the heart. Rest it there for a minute. Feel the heart beating.
  8. Now visualize a ball of warm light around the self. Extend the right hand towards the other who has caused pain and frustration. Watch as the ball of light extends around him/her. Bring the hand back to one’s own heart and see the light coming back to the self.
  9. Rest for several minutes in the light. When ready, open the eyes.

This meditation may bring up information that is useful for personal reflection. Keeping a journal or piece of paper nearby may also be helpful.

Draining people are a part of life, but with meditation, their negative effects can be minimized.

 

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Finding Happiness, A Little Known Benefit of Meditation

What makes you happy? If you’re not as happy as you’d like to be, how do you decide what to do to become happier?

Though there are many things people acquire in search of happiness, you’ve probably found that new material possessions make you happier for a brief time, but that quickly fades. Psychologists call this hedonic adaptation, a fancy name signifying people adjust to new things. If something new brings a burst of happiness, it won’t last long—the newness and the happiness it brought wear off.

There is a way, though, that you can systematically decide on a course of action to find greater happiness. The things most likely to increase your happiness won’t be found on The Shopping Channel or display shelves of a store. Instead of looking around for sources of greater happiness, psychologists and spiritualists agree that you should be looking within.

Tapping the Source: Using the Master Key System for Abundance and Happiness (Sterling Publishing, 2010) updates Charles Haanel’s Master Key System, published in 1912. Tapping the Source authors William Gladstone, Richard Greninger, and John Selby have modernized Haanel’s rendition of the necessary ingredients for happiness.

The Ingredients of Happiness

According to Tapping the Source authors, the following ingredients are necessary for a person to feel happy:

  • Healthy Body: Would healing or lifestyle changes make you happier?
  • Healthy Emotions: Do you have a healthy outlook about yourself and your environment?
  • Feeling Powerful: Do you feel strong, capable of achieving and accomplishing?
  • Love and Friendship: Do you feel loved and appreciated, and do you have strong friendships?
  • Harmonious Environment: Does your environment nourish and soothe you or is it a source of grating irritation?
  • Sufficient Resources for Security and Comfort: Do you have sufficient resources to acquire shelter, food, security, and necessities of comfort?
  • Thriving, Pleasurable Life: Are you thriving with enthusiasm, energy, and meaning in your life?

How do you use this list? Though reading through it may give you ideas about things that will make you happier, the authors suggest a more certain and powerful way to select areas for increasing your happiness.

Learn Meditation for Greater Happiness

The path to finding greater happiness winds through meditation. The authors maintain that each person’s source of wisdom and energy is internal. To gain access to the natural, internal wisdom about yourself and what you need, you must first quiet your mind through meditation.

While your mind is quiet in meditation mentally examine the ingredients of happiness. Your internal wisdom will point out the areas that will bring you greater happiness. This can only occur when your mind is quiet, otherwise your ego will respond to your queries for happiness solutions with the latest marketing pitches you’ve witnessed—a new car, the latest smartphone, sparkling jewelry, a promising new relationship, or a new career.

Though the benefits of meditation are well known, many people have difficulty quieting their minds sufficiently to reap meditation’s benefits. Failing to quiet your mind while mentally examining the happiness ingredient list will sabotage this effort, too.

The authors provide an easily implemented suggestion that should enable you to quiet your mind so your meditation is pleasant and effective. Readers having difficulty with meditation due to an over-active mind can find this technique in Learn Meditation: Positive Affirmations and the Law of Attraction.

Your Secrets of Happiness

What it takes to make you happier is already within you. The secret to your happiness is to look within while meditating on the ingredients of happiness summarized in this article.

 

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Healing Breath Therapy

Healing Breath Therapy

Our breath has the power to indulge the mind and the body into a serenity space. Breathing gently brings the mind and body into a state of peace, while is powerfully nourishing each cell in our body filling us with life. The Healing Breath Therapy is one branch of what most people know as Rebirthing.

What is Rebirthing?

Rebirthing was originated by Leonard Orr in 1962. The breathing technique that Orr developed was based on the healing of his own birth trauma. A few years later, Sondra Ray begins working together with Leonard Orr and both worked towards the expansion of Rebirthing. This therapy helps in the healing of the trauma a new born experiences. After healing birth or the early years of a child, most people feel healthy, with mental clarity and emotional well-being.

The Modern Version of Rebirthing

Today, Healing Breath Therapy is the modern version of Rebirthing. The Healing Breath Therapy uses a diversity of breathing techniques to enhance the well-being, emotionally and physically. “The Healing Breath Therapy is a breathing process that helps to bring emotions, memories, and heal those emotions through the process of breathing,” explained Rev. Rael Flamenco D.D.PhD., Rebirther for more than 25 years.

This breathing therapy has become an interesting healing process to restore the physical and emotional health. Like in Rebirthing, every Healing Breath Therapy session is unique. No session can be the same, even for the same person. Every session works towards the empowerment of each individual by liberating any harmful thoughts and memories. “Each technique is developed to make a vibration in your body to release whatever is blocking your life from happiness,” said Rev. Flamenco.

“People are restricted to show emotions, such as anger or happiness, and this is repressing their natural spiritual system. People have a tendency to suppress their feelings since childhood. People grow up repressing themselves and pleasing other people,” continued Rev. Flamenco.

Healing Breath Exercise

1.Find a comfortable space to sit.

2.Close the eyes and start breathing in and out through the nostrils. Inhale and feel the ribs and stomach expand. Exhale and feel the movement of the ribs and stomach contracting.

3.Listen to the breath going in and out. The body will start relaxing while feeling the rhythm in your ribs and stomach from the breath.

4.Choose an affirmation, something easy or simply a word. Start repeating the affirmation and keep breathing.

5.To finish the exercise, start slowly moving your arms and legs and then open the eyes.

“At the moment a person starts consciously breathing, he or she is closing the door to the outside and focusing on itself,” said Rev. Flamenco.

The most important thing in Rebirthing or the Healing Breath Therapy is the comfort and respect to the person who is experiencing the Breath Therapy. This is why it is very important to know the certification and experience of the rebirther or the instructor of any kind of Breath Therapy.

 

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Learn to Meditate: All You Need to Know about Meditation

Learn to Meditate: All You Need to Know about Meditation

Meditation is an ancient spiritual practice, central to many spiritual traditions such as Yoga, Buddhism and Christian mysticism. This article explains the basic steps to meditation.

Posture

Any posture that is both comfortable and keeps the spine upright is suitable for meditation. Sitting postures are ideal. The important thing is that the posture is stable and can be held comfortably during the whole meditation session. Suitable meditation postures are listed in one of the links at the end of this article. Once you’ve settled in your sitting posture, begin by consciously relaxing the whole body.

Breathing

The next step is to simply observe the breathing. Watch your breath as it moves through your nostrils or be aware of the rhythmic movements of your belly. Whenever the mind starts to wander and begins its habit of daydreaming, planning, recalling or imagining, simply bring it back to the breath as soon as you become aware of the distraction. Distractions will happen a lot and you may find you have recapitulated your whole day at work or relived a recent movie before you realize it.

Meditation Object

Most forms of meditation require a meditation object. This can either be your breath, a mantra, a mental or physical image or an idea. In meditation, one concentrates on the chosen meditation object without straining the mind. Whenever your attention wanders somewhere else, gently bring it back to the meditation object. Although these moments of distraction will be very numerous, you will develop a deeper awareness of what goes on in your mind and the senses will turn inward. Find out more about meditation objects in one of the links below.

Basic Rules for Meditation

Set aside a regular time for meditation, for example 20 minutes every evening. Choose a quiet, clean and orderly place. If you wish, you can meditate in front of a little altar, a picture or a plain wall. Don’t expect immediate results – the positive effects of meditation may take some time to make themselves felt and they may be too subtle to notice immediately. Having distracting thoughts is completely normal. After all, meditation is about becoming more aware of what’s going on in your mind and not necessarily about having no thoughts at all.

Mindful Action

Eventually, you will be aiming at extending your meditation to the whole day. This doesn’t require you to sit cross-legged for hours on end – it’s enough to continue with about 20 minutes of sitting meditation or whatever amount of time you choose to dedicate to sitting meditation. However, you should try to consciously extend the meditative state to other activities. This is done by being mindful of whatever you’re doing rather than daydreaming or allowing the endless chatter of the mind to accompany you all day long.

Meditation Brings Happiness

Meditation can become an invaluable companion in life. Rather than changing anything on the outside, meditation allows you to shift the way you perceive the world and yourself. If practiced regularly and properly, meditation can be a powerful instrument of personal transformation. It should ideally be practiced under the supervision of an experienced meditation teacher.

 

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Instruction for a Mindfulness Eating Meditation: Learn How to Meditate with a Simple Guided Technique for Beginners

Instruction for a Mindfulness Eating Meditation: Learn How to Meditate with a Simple Guided Technique for Beginners

There are different ways a person can practice mindfulness meditation. For this guided meditation, the focus is on food. After all, who doesn’t love food!?

The Power of Meditation

Paying attention and focusing on all five senses is a great way to improve a person’s concentration. To begin this meditation, wash your hands. See the washing of the hands as getting rid of any negativity of the day. While preparing the food, focus only on the food.

Notice the colors, the scents, and the textures of the food. Not only can mindfulness meditation increase awareness, it can also increase a person’s memory and help with concentration. This is why it’s important to stay focused on the food.

While preparing the food, think about who the food is being made for. With each step of washing, chopping, and stirring, envision the food fulfilling each individual at the table with love. Listen to the sound of the food as it’s being prepared, focusing on the freshness of the food. When presenting the food, do it with making the food on the plate look beautiful.

 

Vaastu Tip for Meditating With Food

Vaastu is the ancient Hindu practice having to do with placement.

While preparing food, it is suggested that it is best done while facing east. The reason behind this is? The east is associated with the sun. Think of this as a way to bring harmony to the food.

Mindfulness Eating

Before taking the first bite, look at the colors of the prepared food. Do they bring about any emotional response? Take a moment to relax your mind. When ready, take the fork and pick up the first bite. Notice how much food is on the fork. Is there excess food falling off the fork? Be sure to take small amounts of food and eat slowly, paying attention to each bite.

What does the texture of the food feel like? How does it smell? What kind of flavor does the food have? Is it sweet, sour, or spicy? Are you eating slowly enough to appreciate the flavor of each bite? All too often people eat way too quickly and don’t bother to fully appreciate the taste and flavor of the what they’re consuming. Eating should be about enjoyment.

From time to time, put the fork, close the eyes and think about all that is being experienced. Think about the work and love that went into creating the meal and the enjoyment that is being experienced by all whom are eating it.

Mindfulness meditation is all about slowing down and experiencing everything one does with each of the five senses. People are in such a hurry these days that they forget to slow down and experience some of the most simple and enjoyable things in life. Learning how to experience all aspects of things in life can lead to better focus and concentration in school, the workplace, and around the home.

 

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Meditation as a Personal Practice: Working with Mind and Thought

PDF) Meditation and the Wandering Mind: A Theoretical Framework of Underlying Neurocognitive Mechanisms

There is no way to truly teach meditation. The most one can hope is to properly facilitate the process, model a proper environment and note techniques aimed at allowing learning to occur from the act of meditation itself.

Listed below are a few simple suggestions designed to help begin the discipline of a meditation practice. (The ideas in this article are indicative of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta approach to meditation and yoga.)

Practice Meditation on a Regular Basis

 

By creating and sticking to a regular daily meditation time, the mind begins to expect the practice of meditation and will start calming before the sitting begins. This is important because the mind likes to jump around and any assistance in aiding the distraction is welcomed. Preparing the mind to slow and settle will provide a head start in the initial struggle for peace.

 

Create an Area for Meditation Purposes Only

It is recommended to set aside an entire room for meditation purposes only. If this is unlikely, create a portioned-off section, one that is used solely for meditation. This will keep the area free from other vibrational disturbances. Pure, calm energy is important, because the mind can attach to any external intrusions. The area should have a nice smell, incense or fresh air, and an image, visible to the practitioner, that invokes a sense of well-being. As taught by Swami Sivananda, as meditation is repeated, the powerful essence created by the meditation will stay in the area – making it a restful refuge for the practitioner to visit during times of duress.

Begin Meditation with a Ritual

Command the mind to be quiet for a specific amount of time before mediation begins. The intent is to lose stressful connections to the past, present and future. Then begin with a prayer, a movement, a chant, or a mantra, aligning the mind to something held sacred.

Use Conscious Breathing throughout the Meditation Practice

 

By regulating the breath and placing awareness on the inhale and exhale, it becomes easier to detach from initial mind chatter clambering for attention. It is advised to begin with about five minutes of deep abdominal breathing. This doses the brain with oxygen. Then relax the breath to an easy, yet conscious, inhale and exhale lasting the duration of the practice.

Mental Ease and Meditation

 

Allow thoughts to wander at first – it is natural for the mind to jump around. Forcing stillness will exacerbate the process. Ease the thoughts, focusing on an object, symbol, or mantra. And if the mind persists in scattered motions, simply watch it – attempting not to judge. Simply observe.

What is meditated “on”, if anything, is an individual choice. What works perfectly for one, may not be right for another. This may take trial and error. Be patient with the self.

Begin the meditation practice working within 20-minute increments and then extending to longer periods of time. Once meditation becomes a practice, information meant uniquely for the practitioner is made known during and after the process of meditation.

Although meditation is simple, it is not easy. Avoid getting discouraged when the mind refuses to obey the initial commands. This discipline takes practice. It is said that when one meditates for only one half of an hour, on a daily basis, peace and strength become powerfully present in life. Meditation opens the door of trusting one’s innate wisdom and peaceful focus – something that all can benefit from in this fast-paced and seemingly crazy and chaotic world.

 

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