7 Tips for Meditation

Helpful Tips from My Latest Meditation Workshop

As a meditation teacher I find it important to go see my Teacher periodically to get recharged, inspired and to have a sense of progress. I recently traveled to L.A. to attend a weekend workshop and here are some of my take a ways.

We use meditation to find peace until we (permanently) R.I.P.  As you go into meditation you are entering a state of peace for a few minutes or longer. Meditation is best if approached in a very relaxed way. If you are too ridged you cannot learn as well. As you progress with your practice a few minutes can extend to a long time.

After Teacher meditated, he said, “If I sat here longer, my meditation would have been sustained for a lengthy time. Do you know why? It is because I am aware of the Divine in everything. The Divine can be a place to where you can go as well.”

In the story of Siddhartha (Buddha) it is said that he left the palace to get a better understanding about life, living, suffering and getting old.

In life there is suffering. But you can choose to do more learning about suffering or you can choose to live with lots of suffering for yourself. Suffering is a natural part of life. It comes in many forms. Cultivate to transcend the self. Do the best you can. Also, add lots of happiness to your life.

 Teacher asked the contemplative question, “Does it matter where you go at death?” You know, Heaven can be had now by virtue of having peace with yourself.

Happiness can come from knowing we are a part of the Divine.

Make personal changes before you crossover so that others will think kindly of you when you have ‘passed’. Use your life now to become the best person you can be. The strength for this can be found through a solid meditation practice.

It is so easy to feel lousy. It is the continuous feeling good that is difficult. Start by being mindful of what you say to yourself. In the morning look at your reflection in the mirror and be happy to see that wonderful person!

We all have a ‘small self’ and a ‘big self’. Meditation helps to bring the ‘big self’ forward or to the surface more. Every time we meditate, not only do we sit with the daily small bits of our lives, but we address something greater than ourselves as well.

Better Sleep: Meditate before bed. If you have had a “long day” then this is an especially good practice.  Do not focus on the things you cannot fix.  If you wake up in the middle of the night; breathe deeply; inhale and exhale while focusing on the tan tien (Just below your navel.). This is also considered meditation. Another Technique: In standing meditation, tighten both fists at your sides. Hold firmly for about a minute. Then relax everything. This will help with your sleep as well.

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