AKA “How to meditate”
This page was once called “products” but – well – it’s just not me.
So anyway, if you do this for at least 10 minutes every day, not only will you open yourself up to communication from the stars, but I guarantee that your life will change for the better. Heck, just try it. Don’t like it? Stop..
How to Meditate in 10 Easy Steps
Put your comfies on.
Track pants and sweat shirt are fine.
Find a quiet spot.
A comfortable place where there aren’t too many distractions and good airflow.
Sit cross legged.
You can sit on the floor or you can sit on a pillow – or even a chair if you have difficulty crossing your legs, but make sure that your back is upright and that you are alert. Meditation is the exact opposite of sleep. You have to be very alert. More alert than usual.
Close your eyes.
Breathe in and out through your nose. Slowly, but steadily.
Notice the air as it enters and exits your nostrils.
The air will be cool as it goes in and warm as it leaves. Become aware of it and try not to think about anything else.
When something pops into your mind do not judge it.
Like the mail, a funny joke or that girl in the Arnott’s Pizza Shapes ad. Let the thought pass through you as if it were a cloud. Try to bring your attention back to breathing.
Concentrate on the breath entering and exiting your body.
Bring your attention back to your nostrils. You will feel the air enter and exit around the edges of your nostrils. Do not judge it.
Things will pop into your head all the time.
That’s okay. It’s just your monkey mind being a bit bored. It’s not used to meditating. if you’re a fidget like me, you’re probably also not used to sitting still for a time. Let these thoughts pass through you as if you were a pane of glass and gently bring your attention back to your breathing.
Note aches and pains
If you feel any aches or pains, or pins and needles from sitting, note them, observe them, but try not to shift your position. Simply watch the pains passing (it will pass, as all things do). Regard minor aches and pains as if they were something very interesting. Like you are observing an experiment. But always bring your attention back to the breath entering and then exiting your body.
Open your eyes.
You are done.
Wow. That was Great. But what is it good for?
You can meditate for as long as you like – before, after or even during work. The more often you do it the better. A whole hour will give you the best refreshing feeling afterwards. If nothing else. Aim for about 10 minutes every single day at first, slowly increasing to half an hour after a month or so and finally a good hour every day (or two x half hour sessions).
Some people actually alter their whole lives to incorporate meditation and there are meditation sits that one can do. I’ve done three 10 day sits in my time. That meant getting up at 4am every day, not talking to anyone and meditating for 12 hours each day, 10 days in a row. It’s an exercise in patience.
Gothama – probably the most famous of all the Buddha’s (remember that Buddhism is a bit confusing in that there is no God or even just the one Buddha) – reached enlightenment (understanding) just by sitting under a tree for days on end.
If you’re even vaguely interested in doing a sit, leave a comment and I can tell you who to contact in your neck of the woods. Heck I might even go along with you. It’s usually free for new people. Old members (like myself) either have to pay a small fee (about $150) or assist in the kitchens for everyone else.
If you find you really love it, there are 40 day sits you can do!