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from the December 2007 Star Beacon
I would love to be able to say that I meditate on a daily basis, but to be
truthful, that has not been the case. I have made many attempts to establish a
regular meditation practice. I have tried many different methods of
meditation. With all of them, I would get frustrated and quit. For years my
guides had been constantly suggesting that I meditate. If they had physical
necks, I think I would have strangled them!
No matter how hard I
tried, I just couldn’t seem to get the hang of it. My mind would constantly
wander. Sometimes it would be several minutes before I would realize that I
was thinking about other things. I would try to get back on track, only to
drift off again to more useless mind chatter. I would think to myself, “Well,
I blew it again! It’s hopeless! I just can’t do this right!”
Many times, while trying
to meditate, my concentration would get interrupted by an annoying itch. I
would get so uncomfortable that I would only be concentrating on how miserable
I was. In desperation, I would scratch.
The next thing I knew, I
would have two more itches! Sometimes I would get overwhelming feelings of
restlessness. It would be so bad that I would have to stop the meditation, get
up and move around. Occasionally my inner peace would be jolted away by a car
alarm going off or the neighbors would start fighting. At times I would even
It sounds hopeless,
doesn’t it? That is what I thought, too. My guides assured me that it wasn’t
hopeless. They told me that once I met my soul mate, we would start meditating
together and that it would all fall into place. As usual, they were right. My
boyfriend introduced me to a wonderful CD, titled “Meditation For Beginners”
by Jack Kornfield. Every issue that I just mentioned in the paragraph above
was addressed, and more!
I discovered that I was
not a total failure at meditation after all! In fact, what I was experiencing
was normal! What a relief to learn that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I
learned valuable techniques for handling those pesky thoughts. When a thought
or feeling comes, it is OK.
Acknowledge the thought or feeling and give it a simple label such as
“thinking”, “planning”, “sleepy”, or “restless”. Once they are acknowledged,
you can gently let them go and return back to your breathing focus. You can
even include the car alarm and any other disruptive noise into your
meditation. Allow everything that comes up.
Sit in a comfortable
position with your back straight. Close your eyes and just focus on the
breath. Concentrate on the sensations of breathing and how your body feels.
Notice the coolness as the breath enters the nostrils. Sense the rhythm as
your chest rises and falls. When your mind wanders, acknowledge it, release
it, and return back to the breath. It doesn’t matter if you have been thinking
for five minutes or five seconds before you take notice of it. What is
important is that you return your focus back to the breath. This trains your
mind to stay in the moment.
There are many benefits
to meditation. It is a wonderful way to connect with spirit and your higher
self. It helps to raise your consciousness and vibration, to open your heart,
and trains the mind to stay focused on the present moment. Meditation also
instills feelings of peacefulness and tranquility, which helps to relieve the
stresses of daily living. It also helps to rejuvenate the body, mind and
I wrote this article
because I wondered if others had also experienced the same frustrations that I
did. Hopefully, it will inspire you to start a regular meditation practice as
well. Just remember that it is “all good.”
Until next time, Namasté
Tumeria, a native of
Alpha Centauri, currently lives in New Hampshire. Her earthly mission is to
empower mankind and to help awaken humanity to its divinity. Tumeria is
available for Akashic Record Readings, property clearing, spiritual advising
and Reiki healings. You may contact her at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or c/o The Star
Visit The Alpha
Centauri Connection Web site at http://Alpha-c-connection.tripod.com, and also
Tumeria’s discussion group at http://groups.yahoo. com/group/AC_connection/.
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