Written By Guest Expert, Lorree Appleby
Meditation. What comes up for you when you hear that word?
Some people swear by it and would rather meditate than have their morning coffee. ‘What!? That’s kind of out there!’ I thought when I heard people say that.
Why does it seem so difficult to mediate for some of us?
Have you tried mediating before? Did you find it hard to focus on clearing and quieting your mind? I know I did. My monkey mind was thinking all those random thoughts and kept interrupting me!
I tried the technique of letting my thoughts drift by like a cloud does in the sky, notice them and let them go. They wouldn’t drift away though, they kept filling up my head and my eyes would water. I would start yawning and then I would hear noise that would distract me even further! It was very frustrating and I felt like I could not focus on anything.
Needless to say, I was hesitant to try again because I would keep getting the same experiences and I felt like there was something wrong with me.
But I keep hearing how imperative daily meditation is to improving our life and connecting with our higher self, which is our internal compass, so I decided to look further into what are the benefits, how do you do it and is there a wrong way to do it?
I took the free Meditation course from OMHarmonics and this is what I learned.
There are many benefits to meditating and here are just some of them.
• Improved productivity and focus throughout your day
• Less reactive and more responsive to everyday life stresses
• Increased creativity and problem solving
• Decreased worry, anxiety, doubts and fears
• Boosts the immune system
• Better sleep
• Controls and reduces pain
• Reduces blood pressure
• Slows down aging
• Increases libido
Also meditation increases our ability to practice mindfulness, another buzz word. Truthfully we are only able to make positive changes in our self if we are present in the moment. This is where our power is and if we are stuck in our past or worrying about the future we are draining our energy from our now.
Mindfulness is simply observing your own thoughts, feelings and your environment in the moment. If a thought, fear or worry comes in your mind just observe it and stay in the moment. It’s perfectly OK to keep thinking while mediating. Hallelujah! I wasn’t doing it wrong!
Eyes watering and yawning is OK too. It’s your body’s way of relaxing and moving energy.
The goal of mediation is to relax our mind. We are connected all the time with so much information to take in and hundreds of words running through our mind per minute so giving our minds a regular break is very important. There are thousands of research studies proving this theory, our brainwaves change as we relax. Brainwaves are your brain’s level of beating.
Here are the 4 types of brainwaves and some of what our brain can do during them.
• Beta 14-21 Hz (Hz = cycles per second) – awakened state, working, talking with someone, where we spend most of our waking hours
• Alpha 7-14 Hz– a more relaxed state, creative, healing level. This is where meditation takes you.
• Theta 4-7 Hz – daydreaming, dream state, insight, inspiration. This is the deeper state of meditation that is not so easy for a beginner to get to but this is where you want to aim for to get those flashes of inspiration and insight, to come up with an awesome idea or finding the answer to the problem you have been struggling with.
• Delta <3.5 Hz – this is when you are fast asleep
There is a faster more effective way to get to the Alpha and Theta states than just using our own mental control. When we listen to a certain frequency of sound called binaural beats we can reach the Alpha and Theta state and get the benefits of mediation in as little as 15 – 30 mins per day.
Most of us don’t have much mental control and it take a lot of time and discipline to get there on their own unless there is a lot of will power and persistence driving you. The average person will give up like I almost did so I decided to invest in these binaural beats to test it out.
You can also find many of these types of meditations on YouTube.
From what I have experienced with consistent meditation is feeling more connected with my higher self, the true me. I also know when we connect with our higher self we will feel overall more peace and happiness in our life as well as being able to live our true purpose.
This is what I want for my life so for 15-30 mins a day I can definitely spare that. It’s all part of self-love.
I’d love to know if you mediate or if you plan to start. If you do what’s your experience been?
Lorree Appleby is the founder of Our Purposeful Journey and a heart-leading Detective of the Soul. After losing her identity from years of people pleasing, Lorree took responsibility for her life and a risk by exploring her spirituality and entrepreneurship. Years of researching, training and massive personal growth led Lorree to radically forgiving her past and taking her power back in her present. Her journey to finding her truth led her to helping others do the same by educating and guiding them to open and heal their hearts and live with expanded awareness and soul purpose in a gentle and permanent way. Personally trained by Colin Tipping, Founder and Director of the Institute for Radical Forgiveness, Inc., Lorree is a certified Radical Living Master Coach, Workshop Facilitator, Intuitive Energy Healer, Speaker, Author and creator of the self-growth, transformational game Soul Adventure – Journey to the Real Me!
You can reach Lorree at www.ourpurposefuljourney.com