Stop Saying You Can't Meditate

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Stop saying you cannot meditate, because the truth is you can!  First and foremost, it all begins with your mindset.  The famous saying by Henry Ford, “Whether you think that you can or can’t, you’re usually right” definitely applies here.  In reading sessions with clients, I’ve noticed the number one culprit holding them back from success is themselves.  The better assessment would be that you have not yet mastered the appropriate meditation that works best for you. Many people are unaware that there are several styles of mediation.  Like most things in life, one type of meditation does not necessarily fit all.  Find what works for you.  Stop following what you perceive to be the “right” way and ditch being so critical of yourself.  This removes the pressure and judgment from the equation, which can allow for better results.  So what other forms of meditation exist beyond the popularized “sit crossed-legged while chanting ‘oooommm’” approach?

From practicing meditation over the last few years, I’ve experimented with various styles.  All have left me feeling more connected to Source (God, Universe, the Something More), gave me a boost in energy, lowered my stress, sparked my creativity and cleared my mind.  Dope side effects, right?

Try a few on for size (especially for those loathe monotony and crave diversity) and stick with practicing daily for about 15-20 minutes.  Improving your relationship with meditation will develop as any other skill would: practice, practice, practice.  It’ll feel more natural and happen with ease when you shift your mindset and make it your mission to master the art.

Creative Meditation

A common misconception is that one must be completely still to achieve a meditative state.  That’s just not true.  Creative meditation involves getting lost in art and movement.  Channeling your passion in a way that disconnects you from being critical or over-thinking.  This is a great place to start for those who crave freedom and spend most of the day at a desk or in activities that lack individuality. Here are some examples of creative meditation:

  • Painting

  • Coloring / Sketching

  • Dancing

  • Automatic Writing

  • Journaling

Nature Meditation:

Nature meditation, as the name suggests, is all about connecting with the world around us.  Get outside, allow the sun (or rain) to touch your face.  Breathe in fresh air.  Walk without a destination.  Being among the trees, plants, animals and bodies of water reminds us how simple pleasures can immediately enhance our mood.  We spend so much time in buildings and vehicles that we forget to nurture ourselves in nature.  Some ideas for nature meditation include:

  • Walking outdoors

  • Floating in a lake or pool

  • Sitting under a tree

  • Sitting on a beach

Mindfulness Meditation:

Are you able to disconnect, find your chill, and sit still for a bit?  Then try your hand at mindfulness meditation.  This practice is all about being in the present moment and clearing your mind of the distracting thoughts that will inevitably come up.  It’s not about turning your mind off, it’s simply learning to accept what comes, observing the thoughts without judgment and allowing them to fade.  The more you practice, the easier it will become to achieve peace.  Using “props” to heighten the experience can help as well.  Try these:

  • Candles

  • Incense

  • Guided meditative music

Sound Therapy Meditation:

Sound meditation is similar to mindfulness meditation.  Find a comfortable floor pillow to sit on and allow for a person or a recording to play sounds that induce healing and balancing of particular chakra centers.  Check out these sound options:

  • Tibetan singing bowl

  • Binaural beats

  • Sounds of nature

  • Gamma waves

Visualization Meditation:

Visualization meditation opposes mindfulness meditation because you do want to allow thoughts about a specific person or scenario to remain present.  Instead of completely clearing your mind, visualization meditation asks that you focus on your ideal outcome without negativity or doubt.  Your only job is to inject positive emotions of excitement and love into the process while quietly sitting in a comfortable position. Try visualization meditation when:

  • Creating your ideal life

  • Picturing a relationship

  • Using law of attraction to bring a new career path

Forgiveness Meditation:

Forgiveness meditation is all about cleansing.  Find a quiet space that you can comfortably sit, empty your mind, and open your heart.  Set an intention for healing by asking Universe to bring up issues and people in your life that need to be forgiven.  Ask that their image come to mind so you can lovingly make peace and mentally cut the chord of blame, guilt, or anger.  Try these approaches to ease the process:

  • Chanting “Release”

  • Ho’oponopono Chanting

  • Crystal cleansing with a sacral chakra gem, like Amber

Still have questions about meditation?  Feel free to schedule a session with me, and we can uncover what your blockages and develop a plan to get you on track.

Love & Light!