Many of the most impressive people throughout history have placed high value on meditation, even in modern times. Perhaps the most common misconception about meditation is that it’s difficult and that you need some kind of superhuman mind control to be able to do it correctly. There are a million ways to meditate, but I’ll give you a very simple meditation with some ideas you can use to make your first times more fulfilling. The morning is a great time to meditate because your mind is not yet full of thousands of thoughts and to-do’s from the day. When I achieve this state, it’s very difficult (at least for me) to remain awake, so it takes a conscious effort not to fall asleep.
March 6, 2013 by Michelle 14 Comments From time to time, I have mentioned here and on Twitter that I meditate, and I’ve noticed that whenever I do I receive lots of inquiries about why I do it? For me, meditation gives me a chance to connect with myself before the demands of the day take hold. I got an email the other day from the Chopra Center announcing another of their 21-day Meditation Challenges. As mom to two boys and one lovable German Shepherd, running and working out helps to provide some much needed balance in my very busy life. My meditation time quickly turned into this-will-never-work-so-I-might-as-well-keep-thinking time.
Now, I usually take 2-5 minutes a few times a day to practice and, usually, that's enough for me. I thought I would share five of my favorite meditations, which are easy to implement within a shorter time frame.
I learned this beautiful meditation from a yoga teacher and it quickly became one of my favorites!
I use this meditation in one of my workshops because it is such a simple way to bring your attention to the moment by using the power of words. I love hugs and with this meditation, I've got one at the ready all the time, no matter where I am. How to practice: Wrap your arms around your chest or belly, wherever feels most comfortable.
How to practice: Place you hands over your heart, bow your head slightly and take a few slow, long breaths. Because no one knows better than you what helps you de-stress and tap into that place of peace inside yourself, it's important for you to create your very own GPS guide -- a personalized collection of whatever helps you course-correct. If you learn how to meditate, you may be doing so due to the many meditation benefits you have been told about. The benefits start even with meditation for beginners, and the stress relief effects are well known and researched.
This brief article will outline the benefits, so you can relax knowing that by learning how to meditate, you are on the right track and it should become a lifelong pursuit. Best of all, regular meditation will help reduce negative emotions and help you achieve your goals. Unless you start at the beginning with a good process to follow, meditation may in fact increase stress rather than reduce stress. Health can improve dramatically once you master meditation, and mastering is easy once you follow a simple program.

And these are just some of the highlights, as there are many others from sports performance to even reducing the risks of cancer. There are many simple stress relief methods, you can simply sign up for our free 5 day e-course on stress relief, which teaches you some simple methods you can apply right now. Simply fill in your Name & Email and you can start your FREE 5-day Stress Relief e-course today! The truth is, more people than you know meditate regularly, especially the successful ones. Think Steve Jobs, Paul McCartney, Oprah Winfrey, and perhaps even most of the rest of them.
The evening is a great time to meditate because your mind is full of thousands of thoughts and to-do’s from a full day of wakefulness. That’s ok, although it would be better to try to stay awake and ride the border of sleep and wakefulness. The cool thing is that this state, as well as different, deeper states that follow, is ideal for coming up with creative ideas, advice for yourself from your higher self, from guides, Jesus, Allah, or whatever you believe in. You can be doing anything that doesn’t require a lot of conscious thought, such as eating, driving (generally), walking, whatever. When I meditate I’m calmer, more grounded, and as a result, more present in the moment. I’m motivated to stay with it because I like how I feel and how I deal with things when I do. The trick I found was to start small – just a couple of minutes and build from there. In fact I’m proud to say that with the combination of running, Pilates and yoga, I’m in better shape now in my forties than I was in my thirties!
As much as I tried, I simply couldn't shift my mind from day dreams, niggling thoughts and those never-ending to-do lists. I realized that I needed to shake up my meditation practice to align with who I was -- often time poor, stressed and over-thinking. You might like to keep a list of them (and any other meditations you love) and simply choose one whenever you have a few minutes to spare. The visual aspect of this meditation keeps my mind slightly engaged, while allowing the stillness and calmness of it to spread throughout my body.
After I hit the snooze button, I know I have a few minutes to discover why this day will be special and meaningful by setting an intention and uncovering my purpose. Once you have your intention, hold the idea of it in your mind and allow yourself to explore your purpose behind it. If I'm having a rough day or I'm feeling proud or nervous or lonely, a self-hug always makes me feel like I've got my own back (quite literally, as well as metaphorically). Give yourself a gentle squeeze and feel free to swing from side to side, if that feels good! I keep a gratitude journal, where I write down three highlights of my day and say a little thank you for each one. You can choose what you would like to feel grateful for in that moment, whether you would like to feel grateful for the people you love, the roof over your head, the holiday you're looking forward to or the good sleep you had the night before. You can check out her e-book, Your Seven Day Positivity Guide and receive a free copy by subscribing here!

You become more self aware, it helps you focus, helps you calm your unwanted thoughts, concentrate and even become more creative.
But you need to make sure you follow a simple program, one that helps with meditation for beginners.
If you don’t meditate already, starting the practice will make your life better, guaranteed. No time is better than any other (although it’s generally easier to achieve a deep meditative state in the early morning soon after rising), no method is better than any other. When you approach this stage, it becomes possible for your mind to remain awake, but your body to fall asleep.
I’m certain that Tiger Woods, in his prime, achieved a deep meditative state on the golf course, which allowed him to play rounds of golf more impressive than anyone in the history of the game.
Or, comments indicating that others would like to do it but don’t have the time, or have tried and failed. I craved stillness, I hoped for peace and I desperately wanted clarity, calm and a mental break. I've always had a short attention span and I just wasn't ready for those twenty minute meditations.
Would you like to feel positive because it's the start of the working week and you know you will feel happier if you smile more and connect with others?
I also keep a gratitude jar, which I fill with notes of my favorite memories, so I can open it up and read over some of the times in my life which I'm especially grateful for. If you're having a difficult time, maybe you would simply like to feel grateful for the beating heart beneath your hands. It doesn’t necessarily have to have a purpose, although you can certainly set a purpose for each meditation if you like. All of this is fundamental to getting the most enjoyment out of your short time here on Earth. I would set my alarm for 20 minutes and close my eyes, wishing that, this time, I could meditate like it was the most natural thing in the world.
As you take these breaths, imagine the word filling you up, as though the meaning of the word is radiating from your entire being. Maybe your intention is to write a chapter of your next book because you hope to become a bestselling author one day, or you would like to share your knowledge with the world. Take a few breaths, give yourself a little pat on the back and gently release your arms when you're ready.
The gratitude meditation I'm about to describe is even easier to implement than those practices! What we need is a great course-correcting mechanism -- a GPS for the Soul -- to help us find our way back to that centered place, from which everything is possible. When you catch yourself thinking, just notice that you are thinking about something, notice your thoughts, and return to focusing only on your breathing, even if you have to return your focus every two seconds.
You can receive true, amazing guidance that will help you navigate this world to get the most out of it.

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