Create a Life of Freedom
The Journey

Ease Into Meditation. 3 Simple Methods

Often I am asked the question "What's the best way to meditate" my response is...There are many different styles of meditation, finding a style that suits you will determine how successful your meditating routine becomes. The aim is to enshrine it into your daily lifestyle as meditating is a huge part of #creatingalifeoffreedom. It brings calmness and clarity which assists in the manifestation process. The benefits of meditating cannot be ignored, especially from a health perspective, it lowers blood pressure, aids the immune system and reduces stress. The important thing to remember is that there is no right or wrong way to meditate so let's try to find one that resonates with you.

Guided Meditation

A guided meditation is led by someone else either in person or via a recording, that will usually have a theme e.g " Manifesting Your Hears Desire" with relaxing music playing in the background. It's become hugely popular in the last few years and a method I use myself daily. Because guided meditations are led by another person, this style of meditation is great for beginners and those who may struggle with sitting still for more than just a few minutes at a time (hello me). They are also beneficial if you would like to enhance your existing practice or focus your energy and attention on a specific outcome.They are easy to follow and can be downloaded as Apps or streamed using your laptop.

You can also subscribe to Podcasts, one of my favourites is "Moments Of Magic Guided Meditations" which you can download for free and subscribe for updates.

See if there are any guided meditations being offered in your community, yoga studios or wellness centres where you can go to meditate with like-minded individuals.

Visualization Meditation

Visualisation meditation is a powerful way to use the mind to influence the body and can also be an empowering way to manifest desired outcomes in your life. I would use this form of meditation specifically when I am working on #creatingalifeoffreedom . What we place our attention on grows stronger and what we take our attention away from will diminish. The unconscious mind is extremely powerful and it works very well with imagery this is why this method is most effective when manifesting your heart's desire is the desired outcome. By constructing an image in your mind of what your life might look like after having accomplished a goal and really see yourself having already achieved it is a way to begin living in ways that support the manifestation of your desired outcome.

To meditate using visual imagery, simply practice the following:

  1. Identify your desired outcome. For example, do you wish to feel more safe, secure and optimistic? Or would you like to envision a new job, house, travel abroad or car? Or are you longing to create a new relationship, save an existing one?
  2. Create an internal vision/picture of what this looks, sounds, and feels like. Make it as real and as compelling as possible.
  3. Enter into a meditative state by relaxing and taking some deep breaths (let yourself breathe naturally) and then bring the image/picture into your awareness. Associate yourself into the picture by stepping inside it and feeling as if it has already happened. See yourself in this new life that you are creating.
  4. When it's time to come out of meditation, simply allow the image to fade off into the distance and relinquish any attachment to outcome. Trust the outcome, repeat after me "Thy will be done"
  5. Meditate for about 10 to 15 minutes each day and trust these new experiences are making there way to you.

Breath-Awareness Meditation

Breath-awareness meditation is a simple practice of finding a comfortable seat, closing your eyes, and placing your attention in the inhalation and exhalation of your breath. Simply let your breathing flow naturally, don't try to change the rhythm, gently breathe in and out.  This type of meditation can be your preferred meditation practice each day and it is also highly useful during moments of tension in the workplace and at home. Breath awareness is an effective way to establish a greater mind-body connection and to lower blood pressure and reduce stress.

Once you’ve tried a few different types of meditation, you will have a better idea of what resonates with you and what doesn't. Different paths lead to the same destination, we are working on #creatingalifeoffreedom so keep it simple find one that you enjoy, set aside 15 to 20 minutes each day and you will experience a number of life-changing benefits. It's all part of the 7 steps to #creatingalifeoffreedom

You don't have to got to a wellness center or at the beach or out in the wilderness to meditate, you can meditate daily from the comfort of your own home. Here are some tips to create such a space that's accessible to you daily.

Create Your Space

I would advise you set up a small meditation space. Whether it's a spare room or a spare corner in a room a comfy cushion, pillows from your bed or couch being comfortable is a must. You can purchase a meditation cushion online if you feel it's necessary, however, any of the above will suffice. You can also include a buddha statue, candle ( I always use a white candle for white light) an incense burner and some soft music if you prefer.

Find The Right Time Daily

Find a time that suits your lifestyle e.g if you are a morning person wake up 20 minutes earlier to meditate at the beginning of your day, this is a fabulous time to meditate as it starts the day on a positive note. If you are an evening person take 20 minutes at the end of each day to meditate which will help the stress and anxiety from that day leave your body to aid a restful nights sleep. The important thing is that you find a time that suits and stick to it, the last thing you want is to convince yourself on any given day you didn't have the time to fit your meditation in - Make the time, daily, your mind, body, soul, hopes & dreams will thank you for it as well as your health.

Find The Right Amount Of Time

If you are beginning your journey on the path of #creatingalifeoffreedom you might begin with 5 minutes meditating each day and build to 10 minutes then 15 minutes etc as you gain more experience and confidence. We all have 5 minutes each day to spare so this is a good place to start. I run a business with my husband, have 2 kids and a house to keep and 5/10 mins daily is doable, no excuses!

Pace Yourself

They said a habit is formed after 21 days. I actually believe it 28 days, after 11 days your brain will register that this is something you do regularly. After 21 days the habit is set and some people think I've achieved the goal it's now part of my daily routine. Some people give up at this point (if you've managed to get to 21 days congratulations a lot of people give up a lot sooner or at the 11 day mark) that's why I think it's best to continue on for another 7 days as at this point it will really feel part of your daily routine, part of your life. Like brushing your teeth or combing your hair, these things we do daily and meditation will automatically become like these daily actions if you commit to 28 days at the same time each day for the right amount of time.

Enjoy the journey, don't forget to connect with us on social media to let us know how your journey is progressing. We have a facebook Group called Create A Life Of Freedom, let us know how you are getting on and how meditation has changed your life. If you liked this article check out similar articles on my blog Take the 28 days, 7 step challenge & see your life transform. ~ Namaste.

Copyright ©2016 Create a Life of Freedom. All Rights Reserved. Website created by Frequency Design.