Mindful Meditation

Mindful Meditation


Make changes to your beliefs and patterns of thinking safely and naturally.


Meditation is something everyone can do. There are many techniques but I find mindful meditation to work the best for me and I want to share this with you.

Meditation is simple … and yet challenging. It’s also powerful and worth it. The most important moment in your meditation practice is the moment you sit down to do it. Because right then you’re saying to yourself that you believe in change, you believe in caring for yourself, and you’re making it real. You’re not just holding some value like mindfulness or compassion in the abstract, but really making it real.”

Mindfulness meditation encourages you to observe wandering thoughts as they drift through the mind. The intention is not to get involved with the thoughts or to judge them, but simply to be aware of each mental note as it arises.

When you meditate through mindfulness meditation, you can see how your thoughts and feelings tend to move in particular patterns. Over time, you can become more aware of the human tendency to quickly judge an experience as good or bad, pleasant or unpleasant. With practice, an inner balance develops.

1) Take a seat
Find place to sit that feels calm and quiet to you.

2) Set a time limit
If you’re just beginning, it can help to choose a short time, such as five or 10 minutes.

3) Notice your body
You can sit in a chair with your feet on the floor, you can sit loosely cross-legged, you can kneel, you can lie down—all are fine. Just make sure you are stable and in a position you can stay in for a while.

4) Feel your breath
Follow the sensation of your breath as it goes in and as it goes out.

5) Notice when your mind has wandered
Inevitably, your attention will leave the breath and wander to other places. When you get around to noticing that your mind has wandered—in a few seconds, a minute, five minutes—simply return your attention to the breath.

6) Be kind to your wandering mind
Don’t judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts you find yourself lost in. Just come back.

7) Close with kindness
When you’re ready, gently lift your gaze (if your eyes are closed, open them). Take a moment and notice any sounds in the environment. Notice how your body feels right now. Notice your thoughts and emotions.

That’s it! That’s the practice. You go away, you come back, and you try to do it as kindly as possible.

Just breathe.

Meditation is powerful. It has the ability to slow down racing thoughts, to ease an overly stressed brain, and to nurture a tired soul, so that peace can be transferred to the rest of the body and the potential for healing on many levels can open up.

Meditation will help you change your attitude towards life, and provide peace of mind and happiness. It helps you achieve a better understanding of yourself as well as others. ... -Since it helps you clear your head, meditation improves your concentration levels, memory, creativity and also makes you feel rejuvenated.

Morning is often considered to be the best time to meditate, since the mind is quiet and fresh. Most of us are also less likely to doze off in the early hours. People who practice every day appreciate morning meditation since it sets a calm and productive tone before the day's activities and distractions begin.

Contacting your Spirit Guide.......

Spirit Guides can appear in many different forms...they can look human-like or they can look like a ball of light.

In some ways, the spiritual world is similar to the physical world. Here, there are some people that have your best interests at heart, and there are some who don’t. It is the same in the spiritual world. You need to figure out which spiritual beings you want to form relationships with.

You may be working with your spirit guide for the first time in this lifetime, or they may be from other lifetimes.

Sometimes, they can be a deceased relative, but they are not from this lifetime... As long as they are caring and respectful, they can be suitable spirit guides, but, your spirit guide cannot be a deceased relative ‘that you knew’ in this lifetime… However, if you have a child born AFTER this relative passed over, this child CAN have the deceased relative as a spirit guide…

While spirit guides are always there for us, few people make the time to become aware of their presence. Meditation is the best way to contact your spirit guide. Here is an easy meditation to contact YOUR spirit guide. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time, it may take a few times before you make contact, just keep trying, and you will make contact….

Getting Focused:

Find a quiet, comfortable place for yourself, where you will not be disturbed. Create a quiet, safe, sacred space or circle. Maybe place a sacred object in sight. Then light a candle and/or incense; even play some gentle soothing music in the background, if this is right for you.

Relax. Start at the top of your head and work all the way to your toes. Breathe fully and perhaps do some light stretching. Sit comfortably. Close your eyes and focus your attention inward.

Now it’s time to contact your Spirit Guide:

it quietly, if you have a sacred space you go to when you meditate, go there now. If not, find a place to go to where you feel safe, warm, loved, and comfortable. The ocean, forest, a cave etc., mentally go there now. Leaving your mind blank, take 3 or 4 deep breaths, slowly. With each one, call your spirit guide to you. Then sit quietly and wait. Soon, you will feel a presence. Let them come to you. You will feel energy either on your left (female) or right (male) side. Start to open up your awareness of their presence. You may see them, feel their presence, hear them communicating, or somehow just know they are there. Say "hello" to your spirit guide, and wait for the “hello” back…communication has begun…. Ask if they have a message for you, and just wait and listen and enjoy their presence. After a while, thank them for coming, then bid them Hail and Farewell. Take 3 – deep cleansing breaths and then open your eyes. Welcome back to the world.

If you don’t make contact the first time, don’t worry... keep trying!

Take some time after this to go over your visit with your spirit guide. Write the experience in your Journal if you have one (if you don’t…. start one). Keep up the visits and get to know your spirit guide well. They will teach you and are with you for the whole of your life.

Printed giving acknowledgement to Moonstone who penned this wonderful piece. Moonstone is a Solitary Witch that has been practicing for over 30 years. Find out more by visiting
http://www.thecelticwitch.net/

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