In last week's article regarding Mindfulness Meditation: Follow Your Breath we discovered a quick and very easy way to calm your mind and get grounded.
The technique is simple and easy, and simply requires you to… well… follow your breath!
Now let me give you…
2 Advanced Mindfulness Meditation Techniques
One ‘complaint' that some give when first practicing this technique is that thoughts keep popping into their heads.
- I've got to call John at 3:00PM!
- Where did I leave my keys?
- What should we have for dinner?
- I'm worried about Aunt Mary..
I'm going to teach you a trick: the harder you try NOT to think of something, the more powerful that thought becomes!
1. Control Your Thoughts Easily
Try NOT to think of a big gorilla right now. Do NOT think of a big gorilla… especially eating a banana…
What are you thinking of right now?
Right. A gorilla eating a banana.
So, here's the Zen trick: when a thought pops into your mind, I want you to OBSERVE it. Notice it. See it.
Then… let it go. And continue to focus on your breathing.
It does take a wee bit of practice to do, but it is very easy. And it works! The bottom line is that you are literally taking back control of your mind and YOU are deciding when and where these thoughts play in your day.
So, as you take a few moments to follow your breath, you are conditioning your mind to slow down and you are paying attention to the most important thing in the world at the moment: YOU.
Again, let me say this: the first time I tried it, my thoughts were overwhelming. But after a couple of days of practicing mindful meditation, it became easy to *stop* the thoughts for a few moments and to recharge. I immediately felt better.
2. The Spiritual Connection
When your mind and body are at peace, that's the time that literally awakens spirit and allows your spirit guides to give you guidance and direction!
In today's day and age, we are so busy we don't even see life as it passes by. We are far too busy. And when we are too busy we miss opportunities to connect with loved ones, friends and others. And, that means we are far too busy to connect with our God-given spirit guides.
Well, guess what? By pausing… by taking a moment from time-to-time in your day, you open yourself up to spirit making a connection with you.
Best part? You don't have to “do” anything. It will just happen.
Isn't that cool? By practicing mindful meditation and following your breath, you'll slow down, even if just briefly. You'll feel better. More connected. Grounded.
Your mind will be clearer, you'll feel happier and more empowered. And, your senses will be more open and you'll start getting more intuitive flashes–messages from your spirit guides–and you'll find that you are instantly getting better results in all areas of your life!
Wow! That's pretty awesome. So, give it a try. And if it doesn't work instantly, remember you aren't ‘broken' and there's nothing to fix. Like anything, give it a few tries to achieve the benefits.
Did you try it last week? If so, post your comments below and share your successes! And make sure you give these new two techniques a shot… you'll be thrilled with the results!