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Meditation

Updated: Apr 10

Ah meditation.... "Ol' faithful". The tool of tools. The thrice great tool. 

Lol. 

It is pretty great, though, jokes aside. 

Two things that I've found most useful are meditation and clarifying what I want. Everything else has fallen in place after, or along with, these practices. 

How do you meditate? 

Well.... There are arguably infinite ways to meditate. 

The basic idea is to concentrate. Then eventually to let go of what you're concentrating on. 

It's easy to argue about meditation because there are so many different ways of going about it and definitions for it and its purpose. To make things simple, let's stick with the idea of concentrating. 

Concentration sounds dry and painful to most people, particularly younger generations. Stick with me for a little, though, because you get to choose what it is you concentrate on, which can make it much more enjoyable. 

Choose something to concentrate on. It could be:

  • Observing your thoughts without reacting to them. 

  • Observing your thoughts, then observing your reactions to your thoughts, then not reacting to your reactions (lol). 

  • Observing how your breathing feels. 

  • Focusing on your breath rate by counting seconds, such as breathing in for four seconds, holding for four seconds, breathing out for four seconds, holding for four seconds, and repeating that over and over. 

  • Focusing on how your body feels. Go through each area of your body from head to toe. 

  • Observing the sounds around you. 

  • Choosing a word or several words to repeat to yourself over and over. Could be a question you have, or something you'd like to accomplish. 

  • Choosing an image or scene you would like to imagine then continuously imagine it. Could be a persons face, could be a place, could be anything. 

  • Focus on your posture. Head to toe again, repeatedly correcting slouched over posture, focus on the muscles in your face and let them relax, your shoulders, arms, chest, back, abs, legs, etc. Repeatedly improving posture while letting all unnecessary muscles relax. 


Experiment with these and you'll develop your meditation practice.

Keep in mind what we concentrate on we tend to notice more in our lives. So be careful with what you concentrate on during meditation, as well as throughout the day. 

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