Discussion: Are You Getting The Most Out of Your Meditations?

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Have your meditations become routine and boring?
Are you wondering where that feeling of bliss and excitement went?
Meditation is the backbone of any spiritual practice, but it often becomes routine.

Here are a few tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your meditations:


Tip #1 Meditate Regularly

When you meditate regularly, you build up your prana and spiritual “strength.”

Think of it like a workout. Your first day at the gym is exciting, you feel good. But then the next day, you are tired and sore. You can stay home and lose your momentum, Or you can get back to the gym for another workout. Which one gets you to your fitness goals?

Meditation works the same way.


Tip #2 Take Care of Your Body

Your meditations will not take you far if you are so focused on the discomfort in your body that you cannot focus on prana and non-thought.

Get physical exercise and stretch regularly so that your body is comfortable in your meditation position. Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine before meditating so that you aren’t jittery. Avoid foods that make you feel sluggish, especially right before meditating.

When your body is happy, you are better able to let it go and move deeper into your meditations!


Tip #3 Remove Expectations

If you find you are not getting the experiences from your meditations that you used to, it is probably because of your expectations…

Maybe you had a great experience, or you heard about a great experience, and now you are trying to recreate that experience for yourself.

You cannot force the experience. By holding this expectation, you are not only blocking the experience you are reaching for, you are also blocking new, and possible more profound, experiences.

Tip #4 View Meditation as an Exploration, Not a Task

Once you set up a regular meditation practice, it is easy to lose your excitement about meditation and all that it has to offer.

Meditation becomes a task…

Something to check off of your to-do list…

While a regular meditation schedule is important in developing a meditation habit, try to change the way you look at your meditation…

When you sit down to meditate, allow yourself to get excited about the new experience you will have today.


Tip #5 Get Back to Basics

When we get into a regular meditation practice, it is easy to forget to prepare yourself for your meditation…

You just plop down, start the music, and go…

But by taking just a couple extra minutes to prepare your body and mind for the meditation, you will get much more out of the practice.

Start by stretching and settling into your meditation position on the floor or in a chair… Take a few deep breaths, breathing in prana, breathing out all of the problems on your mind… Become aware of your body…

See how quiet your mind is, just by taking a little extra time?

I hope these tips help you to maintain and improve your meditations.

In fact, these tips can be applied to any psychic or spiritual skill that has become routine or isn’t progressing as quickly as you would like.

 

Seeds for Meditation ~ On Knowing

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There are very few human beings who receive the truth, complete and staggering, by instant illumination. Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment, on a small scale, by successive developments, cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
~ Anaïs Nin

… And yet, as that mosaic becomes complete the enlightenment process would be as if it were being experienced instantaneously.  It all comes down to that moment when you make that connection with that innermost part of your Self.  To place yourself in the front row, before your God … it’s all about that moment of communion.  And, once had, it is never lost.

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~ Grandmaster David Crawford