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One of the common questions I get asked when teaching a class or speaking to a group is, “How Do I Meditate?  I CAN’T SEEM TO MEDITATE because I have all these thoughts in my head!”  This is a common concern with all meditation and until you have received the facts of meditation, its easy to get discouraged.  Let me begin by stating, “MEDITATION IS NOT A THOUGHT ERASER”.  We are human beings with minds that create thoughts.  Guess what?  Even the Dalai Lama has thoughts at times while meditating.

Meditation is an alternative to the thoughts by providing a single point of focus that creates peace, calm and relaxation.  There are basically 4 things that happen during meditation:

1.   Thoughts – As humans we have approximately 60,000-80,000 thoughts a day.  It would not be practical to sit down for 30 minutes and erase them all! Thoughts are a part of life.

2.   Sleep – Yes, it is not uncommon to fall into sleep during a meditation.

3.   Silence/”The Gap” – This is the ultimate place of peace and connection to Source.

4.   The Point of Focus – Breath, Mantra, Affirmation, etc.

When you meditate you can expect any of the above 4 things to happen, and you are doing the meditation correctly!  When thoughts come in to your mind, simply return to your point of focus.  If you are focused on your breath, let the thought come up, then return to your breath.  If you are practicing a mantra or affirmation, notice the thought and go back to the mantra, etc.

If you are falling asleep regularly during meditation, it probably means you need more sleep.  You can also try practicing meditation during the middle of the day until you become more accustom to meditating.  Rest assured, as you continue to practice meditating you will stay conscious more and more.

If you feel you would like to meditate more regularly and want to have the comfort of an accountability partner, check out our Weekly Guided Tele-Meditations.  You can also listen to a free guided meditation here!

Namaste!

Well, its a new year and it feels like a new World.  The energy has shifted and whether you believe in all that “Woo-Woo” stuff or not, its hard to deny it.  Do you ever notice how things show up that match how you are feeling or thinking about?  I know when I’m in a space of self pity and “woe is me” that is exactly the stuff that shows up.  Unseen costs like the car breaking down or a household issue or problems in my relationships.  When I’m in a state of pure gratitude and love that is what shows up too.  The other day someone out of the blue gave me a sincere compliment, and last week when I showed up to teach my meditation class, the students clapped and voiced their joy in seeing me!  I had been praying on my way to the center because I was late, you can imagine my surprise when I received such a warm welcome!!!   I once heard Wayne Dyer say, “Life will always prove your beliefs to be true.”

Because I have been studying the power of the subconscious for a decade and learning more and more about energy fields, the connection between the state of our health and our belief systems has intrigued me.  When I was very young I never wanted to say out loud I was sick or not feeling good because I felt it would then be true.  I remember being really careful about what I said out loud about my health.  I was recently reminded about my wisdom at a young age while reading an amazing book written by a biologist Ph.D. who taught as a professor of anatomy at the U.W School of Medicine.  His name is Bruce Lipton and his book is, “The Biology of Belief”.  He states:

Because we are not powerless biochemical machines, popping a pill every time we are mentally or physically out of tune is not the answer.  Drugs and surgery are powerful tools when they are not overused, but the notion of simple drug fixes is fundamentally flawed.  Every time a drug is introduced into the body to correct function A, it inevitably throws off function B, C, or D.  It is not gene-directed hormones and neurotransmitters that control our bodies and our minds; our beliefs control our bodies, our minds, and thus our lives… Of ye of little belief!” ~p.xxvi

This statement got me thinking and inspired me to meditate 1-2 times a day – every day!  Being a slave to the “health care system” and the crazy costs is a great motivator.

Just think for a moment where your thoughts are most of the time… are they empowering uplifting thoughts or are they negative and heavy? Either way its ok, just notice it as a sign showing you where you are right now.  If you want to change something, then Meditate!  An easy and powerful meditation is to find a short sentence that is positive and resonates with how you want to live or feel.  Write it down and commit it to memory.  This becomes your affirmation.  Close your eyes, take a nice easy breath in and out and begin repeating your affirmation over and over to yourself for 10-20 minutes.  Of course your mind will wander and many thoughts will come.  Don’t resist them, simply notice them and go back to your affirmation.  Mediation is not a thought eraser, it is a powerful alternative to your normal mind set.

I invite you to create an affirmation that feels good to you and practice it in your next mediation.  If you have the stamina to use it every day for a week, I guarantee you will feel an increase in your energy and more peace of mind!

Namaste!
Happy Meditating!

If you want something guided you can check out these downloadable guided meditations or jump onto a phone meditation at your convenience here.

Hello!!!

I do hope you have been enjoying the warm weather and all the benefits that come along with lots of sunshine.  Even though it is hot, there is lots of vitamin D (the happy hormone) being produced in your body from that beautiful sun, and its free. tee hee hee!

I want to share with you my New Weekly Guided Meditation Group starting October 1, 2012 @9:30 am PST. For the last 7 years I’ve been teaching meditation and assisting people through my hypnosis practice, and been witness to the struggles and challenges people are having with doing and maintaining a meditation practice.  We all know meditation is good for our mind, body and soul yet we don’t have the time or patience to maintain a regular practice.

This meditation group is designed with the struggles in mind.  Not enough time?  The meditations are only 30 minutes in length and are recorded so you can access them at your convenience as much as you’d like.

Can’t stay in meditation when you do try?  Having the meditations guided allows for the listener to stay focused and go deeper relaxed.

Can’t stick to a weekly routine?  The nominal membership fee of $25/month is you accountability partner.

I’m not sure if I’m doing it right?  The live calls will offer Q&A from time to time, and as a member you can email questions to me any time!

Anything Else?  By committing to your personal growth and becoming a member you will also learn how the mind works (for and against you), quick and easy tools to use on your own to regain peace and relaxation, increase your personal connection to your Higher Power and Divine Self, clarity, inner truth and overall well-being!

If you would like the opportunity to check out the meditations and get more information before becoming a member CLICK HERE to sign up for the FREE Introductory call on October 1, 2012 @9:30 am PST.

It is my highest intention you develop and continue a successful meditation practice that enhances your life on all levels!

Blessings,
Jennifer

 

Hello!

I was recently researching the effects of meditation and serotonin levels, and found that when we are focused on feelings of love and gratitude, we can increase our serotonin levels naturally and instantly.  Serotonin is the neurotransmitter that produces feelings of joy and calm and is stimulated with prescription anti-depressants.  So, with that information it makes even more sense to meditate at least 10-20 minutes a day to keep the levels in a healthy range and avoid ALL negative side effects!  And, once you learn how to meditate, it is FREE making meditation kind to the bank account as well!! Conclusion:  Meditation is a WIN-WIN activity!!!

If you can take about 4 and a half minutes out of your day, listen to the meditation attached and notice an increase in your sense of joy and peace.  If you are interested in learning how to meditate, sit quietly after the guided meditation and just stay in that space noticing your thoughts and bringing your attention back to your breath.  You will increase your focus as well as your ability to enjoy peace and calm in your mind and body.

Its easy!  May you be filled with a renewed sense of peace, joy and calm!

All my best,

Jennifer

Click here for the Free Meditation Download

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