SECRETS OF MEDITATION FOR BETTER HEALTH

By Matt Clarkson
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Meditation can improve your health, increase energy levelsCB102417
and maximize your enjoyment of life. Without a doubt, more
people would benefit from meditation if they took the time
to practice the simple exercises used to calm the mind,
reduce stress and increase energy levels.

So What Is Meditation?
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Meditation is a way to transform and heal ourselves. When we
meditate, we allow the swirl of ideas and thoughts to slow
down to the point where we find a calm and positive
connection with ourselves. Although there are many different
ways to meditate, all styles teach the directing of the
attention in order to re-connect with the part of yourself
that is most real and most true.

Why We Need To Meditate
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Unfortunately, we do not walk through the world as children
do. We all face difficult and stressful situations
throughout the course of life. But rather than beginning
each day afresh, we tend to gather the world and carry the
negativity of the past with us. The happy and contented
person you were becomes covered over by these emotions.
Suddenly you feel unhappy and dissatisfied, and even worse;
often the process is so subtle, you don’t know why.

Meditation is a way of cutting through those layers of past
emotion and excessive thinking. Instead of our minds and
bodies being at the mercy of life, we take back control. We
focus the attention in a deliberate way, and slowly see the
false layers of ourselves begin to dissolve as we return
once again to the source of our happiness.

Although meditation is an ancient art dating back thousands
of years, modern scientific research now confirms what
ancient wisdom discovered long ago. Study after study shows
that meditation brings about improved perception, focus,
memory and creativity. Regular meditators are healthier,
happier, more relaxed, and more productive.

The True Purpose of Meditation
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The seductive appeal of mystic visions, psychic intuition
and heightened mental functioning can be very alluring.
While some meditators report esoteric experiences, the
experiences themselves should not be the primary reason for
practice.

The purpose of meditation is to transform the state of our
hearts and minds and bring us back to ourselves. As we
become healthier, happier and realize greater self-
awareness, more benefits begin to follow naturally —
improved mental functioning, greater intuition as well as
greater access to unconscious resources and abilities.

The Best Style of Meditation
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Always keep an open mind in your learning. Never accept a
teaching without verifying the truth of it in your own
experience. On the other hand, reserve making judgment in
advance of having the experience for yourself.

The best style of meditation is the one that feels right for
you. There are many different systems of meditation
including, but not limited to Concentration, Mindfulness,
Zen, Visualization and Devotion. You may decide to
experiment with a few different styles and see how they
feel. Find one or two styles that you like and then major in
those. Above all, pay attention to your self and make sure
your meditation feels right for you.

Make Meditation A Daily Practice
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You can be stronger in your self. You can be happier, more
balanced and compassionate. You can manifest the changes you
truly want to see in your life through meditation. You don’t
need to give up all your worldly passions or retreat to a
Himalayan monastery either!

A daily ten-minute practice can make all the difference.
It’s not much time to dedicate when you consider all the
time spent caring for your physical appearance. After all,
you wouldn’t go out to an important meeting or social
occasion without clean clothes and brushing your teeth.

What about the mind and body — the instruments through
which we perceive and interact with reality? Does it not
make sense to take the time to clean up our attitude and the
way we feel as well?
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MENTAL DE-TOX

By Brook Montaga
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Endings and beginnings. Time for release, celebration, andj0437327
setting new intentions. When done consciously, we will
create what it is that we really want for next year.

The Mental De-Tox & Re-New process will help you release and
purge negative thoughts and feelings that belong to events
of the past year, and to free up energy for focusing on what
you truly wish to create in the new year. (You may also
consider doing last year’s process – Wringing Out and
Ringing In. If you would like a copy of this exercise, email
me and I will send it to you.)

The Mental De-Tox & Re-New exercise is a 4 step process
beginning with a review of the past year.

Take Inventory

* Look back through your calendar and your journal to find
the significant events of your year.
* Rate each significant event on a scale of -10, for dismal
or tragic, to +10 for wonderful or fantastic.

Was your year up and down a lot? Were the events mostly
negative or positive? Did you have a particularly difficult
period during the year? Was there a time of many wonderful
things happening?

Release the Lows (Do this a day or two before New Year’s
Eve)

Set aside at least one half day for this exercise. You may
want to do it more than once for more complete release.

1. Using one note card for each Low event, write answers to
the following questions:

a. What regrets, losses, hurts or disappointments remain?
b. Who, or what, do I want/need to forgive?
c. What lesson or hidden blessing is there?

2. After you have written about each event, put your note
cards in your pocket, and go out for a walk in a beautiful
place. Or if you are not able to walk, sit outdoors or by a
window with a view.

3. After walking for 5 minutes, stop, take out a note card,
read it and then say to yourself:

“I release everything about this event and carry only the
lessons forward with me.”

4. Walk for 5 more minutes and then take out another card
and repeat the exercise.

5. Do this until all the cards have been read.

6. After the walk, spend at least 20 minutes in meditation,
prayer, or sitting silently, just allowing yourself to
release with every breath.

7. You may want to burn these note cards as another sign of
release.

Celebrate the Highs (Do This New Year’s Eve)

Time to pat yourself on the back, reward your efforts, and
express gratitude for all the good you have experienced over
the past year.

1. For each High event, write answers to the following on
one note card per event:

a. What did I accomplish that was remarkable?
b. Who or what am I grateful for?
c. What did I learn that I want to take forward?

2. After you have written about each High event, put your
note cards in your pocket, and go out for a walk. Or if you
are not able to walk, sit outdoors or by a window with a
view.

3. After walking 5 minutes of walking , stop, take out a
note card, read it and say to yourself:

“I celebrate everything about this event and gratefully
carry these blessings forward.”

4. Walk for 5 more minutes and then take out another card
and repeat the exercise.

5. Do this until all the cards have been read.

6. After the walk, spend at least 20 minutes in meditation,
prayer, or sitting silently, just allowing yourself to
experience gratitude with every breath.

7. You may want to keep these cards with your journal.

Create the New (Do this New Year’s Day or soon after)

This exercise begins with clearing your thoughts to allow
for greater inspiration.

1. Begin with a 20-30 minute walk in a beautiful and
peaceful place. (Or, sit quietly outdoors or by a window)

2. Prepare to meditate, or sit quietly for a minimum of 20
minutes by reading the following affirmation:

“I allow my mind to become quiet and open.”

3. Meditate and let all thoughts and feelings pass by,
returning to the calm experience of simply breathing.

4. After 20-30 minutes of meditation or sitting quietly, in
this calm and open state, begin to write in your journal.

5. Answer the following questions.

a. What do I really want for my life in 2005?
b. What changes will I make to create a wonderful year?
c. How will I express my authentic self more fully this
year?

6. Write affirmations for each answer and post them where
you can see them every day.

May you have a Mindful and Prosperous New Year!

© 2004
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Brook Montagna, Life and Business Coach. Free Newsletter:
The Mindful Life, Success Tips and Supports
<www.mindfullifecoach.com>. brook@mindfullifecoach.com
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