Are You Making Meditation Hard?

meditation doesn't have to be hard

I’ve heard it over and over. “Meditation is important to do” and “get a regular practice going”. I found it hard for so long, and still do find meditation hard some days. I was trying to over complicate it. I thought that I had to sit on a hard meditation cushion with crossed legs and just focus my breathing. I was making it hard. This is one way to do it, but not a way that works for me. I like how simply this blog on Spark the Joy describes it.

The thing about meditation

Meditation is where you sit and you quiet your mind and you focus on something. It can be your breath, or some relaxing music, or a sound in the room.

The point is that you are focusing on that and you are not thinking other thoughts.

You mind isn’t racing or worrying over something or whatever it tends to do all day.

By having this focus and sustaining it you eventually get into the “meditative state”. It is a shift, you can feel it.

Physically your brain has gone into the alpha brainwave state. Normal waking is called beta, meditation state is alpha. The brain waves slow down and generally we feel peaceful and good.

Alpha State: (9 — 13Hz) Brain waves start to slow down out of thinking mind. We feel more calm, peaceful and grounded. We often find ourselves in an “alpha state” after a yoga class, a walk in the woods, a pleasurable sexual encounter or during any activity that helps relax the body and mind. We are lucid, reflective, have a slightly diffused awareness. The hemispheres of the brain are more balanced (neural integration).
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You only need to do it for 15-20 minutes in your day.

You don’t need any kind of special pillows or incense or anything. But if you’d like to have those things more power to you.

I sit on my couch, and put a blanket up over my legs, as I get cold when I stop moving.

I go into the meditation with the intention to “let my cork float” which is really saying to shift back into our natural state of connection and joy.

I follow a gently guided meditation track, which has music I’m suppose to focus on breathing along with.

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I didn’t realize for so long that a guided meditation was just as fine as a “sit and pay attention to your breathing” kind of meditation. Do you meditate? What kind do you find works for you?

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