Our minds are capable of so much, but as we get older we stop actively using the mind in all the ways it can work for us. Remember, when we were kids, we would imagine the most grandiose ideas? We’d say, “I am going to be a firefighter,” then continue to imagine this story play out fully in our minds to the point where we can act out the entire life of a firefighter with just a water hose. You could almost feel the heat of the fire surrounding you as you save lives of families and cats. If it weren’t for the age restriction and written exam, you’d be turning in the application after nap time.
Our goals may surely change since then. But we tend to also stop exercising this wonderous imagination ability of our minds. Visualization meditation allows us to tap back into this forgotten skill of ours. This tool is powerful because it allows room for manifestation by focusing on images of a realized goal. If you can’t imagine yourself accoplishing a goal then the chances of it becoming a reality is unfathomable and much less likely. You increase your chances tremndously just by imagining your life completely fulfilled.
Do it with me; imagine yourself completely accomplished. What do you look like? Where are you? Who are you impacting? What is surrounding you? What is happening around you? Paint the picture fully and sit with it. That’s all there is to it.
We will play more with visualization as we work through our life vision during the Mindful Glow Up TODAY at 10AM – free on FB/IG Live.
I like to think of guided meditations as a training ground for your personal practice. The guide is much like a personal trainer, but for the mind. It’s a privelege and a luxury when you find a guide that works for you (each one of course comes with their own flavor). It is beauitiful to have a personal meditation practice where you spend time alone, but to have someone lead the space for you is a blessing. Here’s the four key benefits to having guided meditations as an add to your personal practice:
⏳Time Keeper: the guide observes the space and the time. If you want to commit to a 15 minute meditation, you can rest assured that the guide will have that piece covered.
🙅🏽♀️Distraction Breaker: the guide gives you cues to remind you to remain in the present moment by drawing your attention to your breath, movement, mantra, etc.
💆🏽♀️Reassurance Creator: the guide puts you at ease, removing any questions like, “Am I doing this thingy correctly?” You can learn tools from the guide that you can use in your personal practice as well, knowing that you are using the tool correctly.
🤝Accountability Partner: the guide puts your meditation on the calendar. You are meeting another person and will be more unlikely to drop that appointment. (This piece of course especially holds true when your guided meditation is in person). I challenge you to put your meditation practice on your calendar though (whether in person with a guide or going for a timeout on your own).
When looking for the perfect guide, keep in mind that your meditation time and space is sacred. Be mindful of those that you allow into your space to absorb/give energy. You have a say. If something doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t. Keep searching till you find the one that does.
Here’s a free audio guided meditation from yours truly that uses mantra to invite in whatever you need right now (click the link below). More details on this style of meditation coming in tomorrow’s post.
You can always tune in to the Sunday Slowdown live on facebook/insta this Sunday at 7:07pm to play a bit more. Or hit me up if you want to play with something one on one.
The most common misconception about meditation is that it must look a certain way. When you hear the word meditation, your mind may create an image of a bald guy wearing a toga, sitting cross legged, repeating OM aloud. Accordingly, many people believe that in order to meditate, you must be sitting up tall with your eyes shut, not moving a muscle, in complete silence, hushing your mind, and for extremely long periods of times. If any part of this long list of dos and don’ts seems difficult to carry out, we naturally want to chuck the entire idea of starting a meditation practice.
But the wild thing is that all of the “requirements” listed above are only options/suggestions. Your meditation practice does not need to look the bald guy’s or any other particular way, and can very well change from day to day.
To clarify: You do not have to be sitting, your eyes can be open, you can add in movement with your breath, you can meditate to music or chanting, and your meditation practice does not have to be very long at all.
In all, there’s SOOO many ways to practice, so I encourage you to switch it up! Get fancy with it and combine a couple options and see what jives with you.
During the Sunday Slowdowns we have been talking plenty about different types of meditation practices (there’s so many!). The Sunday Slowdown will take a slight shift as we talk more about using mindfulness to achieve our goals through The Mindful Glow Up. I will continue the discussion on different ways to meditate here on this blog daily – YES, DAILY (starting next week). Follow along to get your daily dose!