Any time you actively choose to do one of these meditations is a win for you and your Soul. In this lesson I'll provide some tips and best practices to get the most out of your meditation.
If you can't do all the things, or do everything perfectly, don't let that be a reason to NOT meditate. Seriously, we have enough stress in our lives without getting into a tizzy about our meditations, of all things.
That being said, here are a few things you'll want to consider if you're interested in getting the most out your time.
Do some stretching or light exercise before and after you meditate.
I know this might seem a little counterintuitive, but it really makes a difference. Why? First, because it gets your energy moving, unlocking stuck areas, and giving your body an opportunity to start releasing old baggage. Second because it will help your mind to be more calm- particularly if you trend toward ADHD.
Why after? Because each meditation is infused and encoded with a specific energy. Exercising after will help your physical body to absorb this energy so you can use it, rather than just drifting off into the ethers.
Here is a video of the exercises I recommend.
Think of water as a lubricant for your energy and cells. When your all dehydrated, things get a little cranky and crusty. That's not good. Your body and brain will thank you for the water you have before and after.
I know there are conflicting views on this. Here's my take.
Sitting upright with your spine extended upward is Optimal. If you're in a chair, sit toward the edge with your feet flat on the floor. If you're sitting on the floor or cross-legged, a cushion is generally a little more comfortable and helps support your posture.
Why? Because this posture allows you to breathe freely, and when your spine is in a neutral position, it is a better conduit for the energy to move throughout your entire system.
Lying down is ok too. I like one of these to support the neck and head.
Whatever you choose, make sure your hands and legs are uncrossed and your palms are open and facing upward.
Also, no mudras. There are many reasons for this and I can demonstrate exactly why we don't use mudras when you come to one of my Energy Mastery trainings.
Receptivity is key. Meditation is basically the anti-trying. The softer you are- physically, mentally, emotionally, and energetically- the more access you'll have.
When you find yourself TRYING to focus, or fighting with your mind, all you have to do is 1) smile at your own absurdity and 2) say, "I am super receptive," to yourself until you chill out.
Breathing helps the energy to move. As the energy moves, it starts to clean up. There are about a hundred more reasons that breathing helps meditation too. In short, do it and see for yourself.
How? I recorded a video teaching a specific technique here.
Here's the Cliff's notes version...
- Connect the tip of your tongue to the roof of your mouth.
- Breathe in through your nose to the count of 6
- Hold for 3
- Breathe out through your nose to the count of 6
- Hold for 3
- Repeat steps 2-5 forever and ever.
There are certain meditations you can do anytime, and there are some that you wouldn't want to do right before bed if you want to sleep. I'll provide any contraindications in each individual meditation.
Here are a few things that will compliment your meditations in untold ways.
1) Get my Energy Basics Video Training here. Use the 90 second process every time before you meditate for a deeper experience.
2) Attend my 2-day Energy Mastery® training. You'll unlock many hidden treasures in these meditations when you have the skills and techniques you'll learn there.