WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUL. 22, 2014
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How to Meditate for Self Discovery

Do you ever just feel overwhelmed with an influx of worries, stress, and feelings of despair?

And you desperately need answers to your most pressing questions...

Maybe you need to a way to relax and find your center of peace.

As it happens, meditation is perfect for that.

For starters, what is meditation? Well, basically it’s the disruption of the unconscious progression of what you think and feel by focusing on a new object of attention. Whether it is a mantra, an image, or our breath.

It’s an effective technique that frees you from the tightening grip of overbearing emotions and helps you connect to your true self - an infinite, pure consciousness. Meditation brings us home to the peace of present-moment awareness, giving us an experience of profound relaxation that dissolves fatigue and long-standing stresses. Furthermore, countless studies show that it promotes both physical and emotional healing.

...So now, let’s learn how to meditate for self-discovery.

I. Practice meditation for self discovery when you need answers for your life.

Meditation is useful for figuring out your next path in life, when you’re at a crossroads, or to tap into your inner self. Be patient and keep up your meditation practice. Calm down! Don’t get discouraged if you don’t receive an answer. Your answer can you hit you when you least expect it - like an epiphany ninja. During a meditative state, brain waves slow to Theta state. What’s that? Basically, it’s when you experience less interference from the conscious mind and will be more successful at contacting the subconscious mind. Also, you can change limiting beliefs more easily in this state.

II. Start in a comfortable position. And in an interference-free environment. 

Light a few candles or incense if you prefer. I’d strongly recommend some Nag Champa--an indian fragrance that creates a comforting atmosphere.

III. Focus on the breathing.

Breathe from the diaphragm. Pay attention to the breath as it enters and leaves your nose.

IV. If your intention is to relax, hone in the focus on your breathing.

Pose your question at the start of the meditation if you’re looking for a specific answer. If you’re looking for your next career move, ask the question, “What is my next career path that will make me fulfilled and happy?”

V. Thoughts will flood your mind.

 

Watch them come... but don’t chase. Allow them to leave. Dig a little deeper when resonating thoughts surface. You’ll know when you receive your answer. How? Well... it’ll just feel right. You’ll get a strong sense of knowing that it’s the right path. If you find yourself becoming bored and focusing on chores, bring yourself back to your breath. Patience is key.

VI. Your brain waves will slow down as time continues...

You’ll feel it. Exhaustion. Sleepy even. But refrain from falling asleep. Don’t force the answer. It’s when you’re open and accepting that it will come. Don’t worry if it doesn’t enter your mind just yet... continue tomorrow and the next day until you’re satisfied.

VII. Open up in your daily life.

The answers may just hit you in the least expected moments--maybe even while driving. Just remember never to force anything. It’s counter-productive. Look for gut feelings and idiosyncrasies in your life.

Peace be with you, my friends.

May this exercise guide you to enlightenment.

So your search for answers can finally end.

 

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