Meditation

In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused.

Meditation

In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. 

In meditation, the mind is clear, relaxed, and inwardly focused. When you meditate, you are fully awake and alert, but your mind is not focused on the external world or on the events taking place around you. Meditation requires an inner state that is still and one-pointed so that the mind becomes silent. When the mind is silent and no longer distracts you, meditation deepens.

– Swami Rama

The benefits of meditation are many…… more mental clarity, less reactivity, stress relief, better sleep, peace, profound insights and an increase in our sense of well-being. Science has proven that meditation works to improve our health.

Meditation is the act of giving our full attention to whatever object; body, breath, sounds, mantra, visualization that we choose to focus on. Whatever the object is, allow it to become the anchor for full attention.

Meditation is very simple in the beginning. It is simply attending to the chosen object – over and over – in a focused but open way without judgement.

We learn to accept that our minds will wander off into thoughts, memories, feelings, distractions and without force we simply bring our attention back to our object. It is that simple.

Meditation helps us to uncover all the layers of our being; one level after another. In this deep inward dive; the beautiful mystery of who we are is unveiled.

“The individual who practises meditation as a service will ultimately experience a steady growth in illumination, wisdom and the will-to-good; selfless service leading to an expanding ability to cooperate in the creative and redemptive purposes of our planetary life”.

– Alice Bailey

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Try Meditation

How do you begin to meditate?

  • A good place to begin is to find a teacher or community that has regular meditation classes
  • Learn a meditation technique – start simple at first; mindfulness meditation is a good one; it is accessible and effective
  • Discover a motivation for your practice; something that truly energizes and inspires you to meditate
  • Commit to sitting every day, even if it is for a short time – the practice does not have to be long in the beginning to notice results
  • Several times a day, pause and connect with your body and your breath. Allow yourself to become still and feel yourself present.

Helpful tips for meditation practice:

  • Set aside a place in your home or outside that is relatively free from distractions.
  • Choose a regular time a day – mornings are usually best as our minds are quieter at that time but anytime that works in your schedule is fine – make it as consistent as possible.
  • Pick a length of time you would like to meditate – setting a timer can be helpful in the beginning as it sets more structure to your practice
  • Set up your body posture so that you are both alert and comfortable- pick the right support for you; it can be a cushion, chair or even lying down if you can stay awake; anyway that provides you with a sense of stability and ease as you sit.

Contact Erika for Meditation Instruction

Email

erika@erikatrice.com

Location

Northern California, USA