Week 2: Loving-Kindness Meditation

 

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This one sort of speaks for itself, but I think it’s important to add a little direction into its practice. The purpose is what is clearly in the title: To send love and kindness. Not just to others, but also to yourself. It’s about thankfulness yet also forgiveness; it is a practice of benevolence.

It’s particularly useful when there is something in your mind that you just cant stop thinking about. It allows you to focus on the subject matter without judgment and with acceptance. You can begin by closing your eyes, bring to front a person or situation, and then speak with it.

I Forgive You.

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Week 1: Guided Meditation

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Guided Meditations are a great option when you need to take the guesswork out of meditating. They provide instruct and help by reminding you of the breath, in the process of training you to let go. Some even take you on a journey, which can be fun. I have some pretty visual memories of strolls through the forest and exploring meadows in my mind.

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Meditation Mondays!

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It goes without saying the benefits of mediation. Have you heard anyone ever say, “Gosh, I meditated this morning and I just feel awful!”?

That’s because they don’t.

Generally, it benefits us in many ways; from an all-over serene feeling to becoming a better decision maker.

Also, for those who believe in the idea of The Secret, you know that ‘like-attracts-like’, so what we think draws it closer. Therein lies the foundation for the purpose of meditation.

It’s like vitamins, we know they’re good for us, but we get just too darn lazy to take ‘em!

This has been probably the most grappling issue for those of us who want to implement this daily practice, but cant seem to carry on the consistency. I, especially, have a hard time keeping up with it once I finally feel better.

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Of course when the tough gets tougher, I’ll pop a cross-legged squat and meditate in desperation only to be bombarded by lawless thoughts and a negative disposition. Yet, if I had only found a way to keep it going before then maybe I would have been on my A-Game and never found my way back to whatever emotion I’d be facing.

Like many boring activities in life, everything can transform into a more enjoyable form if only you were to jazz it up a little. Luckily for you, there are many forms of mediation and I’m going to give you a handful of favorites over the next few weeks.

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Before you roll your eyes, let me tell you first about the benefits to get those jazz fingers going.


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re Dream On!

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Not that long ago, I had the pleasure of coming to the horrifying realization that I no longer had any goals. Nor could I even envision myself or what my life would look like a year from then.

I was coasting through life, day to day, just barely emotionally surviving and spending all my energy avoiding my reflection. I didn’t want to look at myself. Not because I felt ugly, but because I didn’t recognize the person looking back.

The person I remembered had dreams. I was excited about life. I was optimistic and thought everything was possible.

So, where did everything go wrong?

The simple answer: life happened.

The child confronted the world. Things weren’t as magical as they seemed. It wasn’t what the movies played it out to be. Life was disappointing. Dreams didn’t come true like you once thought. They were crushed.

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