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Meditation: Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility

Meditation is the art of quieting the mind so that the endless chatter and stories that normally fill our consciousness is stilled.  Within the quiet of the stilled mind one begins to develop the ability to observe, to witness and to reach a certain level of detachment.  Meditation helps us to reduce strees, anxiety, fear, intrusive thoughts and pressures from the outside world.  With patience and practice, one eventually becomes aware of the higher state of consciousness that we truly are.

1.  Meditation allows one to move away from the level of everyday consciousness which is filled with stress, anxiety, fear, worry, frustration and sadness.

2.  Meditation makes our minds more sensitive to what's truly inportant.

3.  Meditation invites us to consider a higher perspective about life, the world we live in and our place in the world.

4.  Meditation opens our heart to love for ourselves and for others.

5.  Meditation draws us closer to the higher self that we truly are.

6.  Meditation awakens us to the realization that we are enlightened and enlightening beings.

7.  Meditation opens the door to inner peace and healing.

Meditate alone or in a group with others.  Consistancy counts.  Set aside the time, weather it's ten minutes or twenty minute.  Create a quiet, comfortable space in which you are not disturbed.  Make the space sacred.  Light a candle.  Offer a prayer that sets your intention.  Ask that your experience be held in the light of love, for your greatest good.  Close your eyes and relax.  Invite each muscle in your body to relax.  Notice your breathing.  If there is any tension in your body send your breadth there and notice what happens.  You may incorporate a chakra opening and healing by directing your breadth to the:

1.  First Chakra at the base of the spine, breathe energy up from the earth and bathe yourself in red light.  Invite healing to your skeletal system.

2.  Second Chakra in the area of the reproductive organs, breathe energy up from the earth and bathe yourself in orange light.  Invite healing to your reproductive system.

3.  Third Chakra in the area of your solar plexus, breathe energy up from the earth and bathe yourself in yellow light.  Invite healing to your digestive system.

4.  Fourth Chakra in the area of your heart, breathe energy up from the earth and bathe yourself in green light.  Invite healing to your circulatory system.

5.  Fifth Chakra in the area of the throat, breathe energy up from the earth and bathe yourself in blue light.  Invite healing to your respiratory system.

 6.  Sixth Chakra at your third eye (just between your eye brows), breathe energy up from the earth and bathe yourself in indigo light.

7.  Seventh Chakra at the crown of your head, breathe energy up from the earth and bathe yourself in purple light.  Invite healing to your nervous system.

Allow your thoughts to move freely in and out of your mind.  Practice non-attachment.  There is nothing for you to do, except be.  Breathe and notice the moment completely.  If feelings arise, just let them be as they are.  There is nothing to change and nothing to get rid of.  There is only this moment.  Breathe.  You may experiment with an open ended guided experience. Life is a meditation, so is walking, creating, playing sports and doing the dishes.  There are many ways to meditate, find your way.

 Suggestions for Open Ended Guided Experiences:

1.  You find yourself on a beach, you notice someone approaching you in a boat.

2.  You find yourself in a grove of trees, someone comes and sits next to you.

3.  A bird appears, it has something to offer and invites you to take a ride with it.

4.  You find yourself sitting on the ground, you begin digging and find something.

Consider your experiences as dreams, they are waking dreams.  Take time to contemplate their meaning.  Record them and notice if they speak to you in some way.  Most of all have fun.

 

Taken From: "Meditation:  Achieving Inner Peace and Tranquility"  Brian L. Weiss, MD

Copyright 2016 All Right Reserved:  Sharon Strouse