Simple Principles of Meditation

Just quiet time and daydreaming are very simple forms of ‘like’ meditation. When you meditate, your intention and purpose are always positive. The two basic types of Meditation are Concrete/External or Abstract/Internal.

General guidelines for meditation:
Set a special time and place.
Sit erect (face north or east)
Mind quiet – techniques can vary from telling your mind to shut up, to just letting it ramble and let it go, placing your thoughts in a bubble, on a worry tree etc.
Use rhythmic breath – eg. 4x2x4x2 or 4×4
Rest awareness in your brow or heart.
Practice makes perfect
Be gentle with yourself – it will come.

Meditation is focusing the mind on one point. It has the effect of cleansing the mind, releasing clutter which leads to understanding your true nature, discovering the wisdom and tranquillity that lies within. During meditation the brain frequency moves from BETA into ALPHA – just being, and that warm fuzzy feeling from neuro-chemicals released; and then THETA – problem solving while relaxed and detached, quick learning and creativity.

Links to articles

The Benefits of Meditation
The Science of Meditation
Lazar Meditation Plasticity

When first beginning meditation there will always be some meditation that you can easily response to, and others that you find challenging. Why? Sharon’s theory is because each individual will find that certain senses in the beginning are more easily accessible.

How can you use your senses to help you in meditation?

If Visual is your preferred system you tend to see the world in pictures – uses words like – looks, see, picture – tend to talk fast.
When your focus is Visual Techniques
- use external visual aids – eg. Mandalas, candles, sunset/sunrise etc.
- when following a guided meditation – internally visualize all that is said.
- when internally visualizing, imagine the image as though it is a room in your mind. When the focus is your body image you have x-ray vision.
- see the relationships with the various parts visualized.
- create colour
- turn the words into symbols and pictures

If Auditory is your preferred system you tend to take more care with words – uses words like – hear, sounds, clicks, bell – tend to have more melodic voices – deeper more rhythmic breath.
When your focus is Auditory Techniques
- follow guided meditations – live or recorded.
- really hear it – eg. At the sea – hear the sea, the seagulls, the sound your feet make in the sand.
- record a mediation with your own voice on tape and play it back
- say your meditation out loud
- turn it into a song, sound, mantra etc.

If Kinaesthetic is your preferred system you tend to relate to feeling – uses words like – handle, grasp, touch, feel – tend to talk slower, breathe deeper.
When your focus is Kinaesthetic Techniques
- write it down
- pretend you’re part of it
- imagine the parts
- feel it
- turn your meditation into movement, eg. Walking, a sequence of moves etc.
- follow your breath

Others – Touch: use an object as your focus eg. A worry stone or beads.
Taste – use a small segment of food as your focus eg. Mandarin.
Smell – use essential oils in a burner, the smell is your focus
Or close off all senses and focus on the space.

Some examples to try:
Healing Star Meditation
Pillar of Light
Passive Witness
Sound Meditation – OM

Tools that work well with meditation are flower essences, positive affirmations, a firm intention, energy work and more.
For further learning, contact Sharon McLaughlin.

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