Meditation Tips -
Cats, Bullies and Other Distractions
tips are a must for people who have
trouble focusing when meditating and should help
their concentration immensley.
Shortly after I turned forty it all fell apart. I developed
an Autoimmune disorder and my body began to attack itself, big
time. The next years became a deluge of Doctor's visits and
countless medications. In time my spirit withered with my
health and it wasn't long before depression set in.
A close friend suggested that I give meditation a try. If
you knew me you'd know just how difficult this idea was to
swallow, but I was getting desperate and decided to reluctantly
agreed to give it a shot.
It's been over five years now and sometimes I feel like I
still don't get this whole meditation thing. Sure it sounded
simple enough in theory and principle, but practice,
well...that's another situation entirely.
Ok, let's see just what I'm doing wrong here?
I draw the blinds, close the bedroom door, light my "higher
awareness" candle then put on the "Ten Steps to Deeper
Mediation CD. Plopping myself down cross-legged on my (Zafu)
meditation cushion I touch my index fingers to thumbs and then,
then - nothing.
I can't shut my mind off no matter how hard I try and all of
a sudden it's important to remember when I got my last oil
change, if this years a leap year or the name of the kid who
bullied me in forth grade. Experts tell you not to fight it and
just let the thoughts go and eventually peace and enlightenment
will be mine, but I got to tell you, I'm not buying it.
I've tried changing rooms, candles, cushions, CD's and still
nothing. I get into position, the music begins and so do the
distractions. Is the stove on? Is the cat in? Do I have enough
milk for breakfast tomorrow? - ad nauseum.
This is the way it's been for years until three months ago
when thankfully I became the
recipient of an Ipod, thanks to my Brother making an upgrade to
a larger one. So I loaded it up with music, plugged in the
headphones and went for a nice, long, walk. It was wonderful,
relaxing and invigorating all at the same time, the music
keeping perfect synch with my footsteps and breathing. As I was
trying to find the perfect word to describe it, then it hit
Traditionalists certainly wouldn't call this textbook
meditation by any stretch of the imagination but it was
certainly what I needed, what I'd been searching for, for all
those years. Who would've figured that an old pair of Nike
Cortez sneakers and a loop of "one hit wonder's" from the
1980's, would finally give me peace of mind. since then I've
added a number of more traditional meditation programs and
tracks to the Ipod and haven't missed a day of walking since I
Aside from the obvious mental benefits, I've lost ten
pounds, my high blood sugar has dropped considerably and I
eliminated gluten and wheat based products from my diet. I now
find myself more patient, relaxed and centered on a daily basis
and my friends and children have noticed the difference
So if you're like me I highly recommend this form of
relaxation, especially if you're having trouble with the more
traditional forms of meditation. Well, it looks like this will
be the closest I get to achieving total enlightenment in this
lifetime...and that's alright with me.
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