Cleanse Your Soul: Meditation for Beginners

“The BIGGEST hinderance in life that we never see, is self-doubt.” -KaeJaye

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Meditation is a self-healing art designed for one to find inner peace and relax the mind. It can be very useful in finding a central place for tranquility and relieving stress.

The Mind

We battle our own central intelligence all day long. We are constantly thinking about things that have happen and/or will happen. We also question ourselves about situations on a constant basis. Especially if you’re an over-thinker like I am. We tend to make assumptions about things that sometimes never really exist or we automatically assume the worse about certain situations.

These thoughts cause tremendous stress on not just our minds, but our bodies as well. This in turn causes us to lose sleep, which makes us cranky and unpleasant to those around us.

Finding Solitude

Taking a few moments out of the day to “center ourselves” around calmness and allowing that calmness to consume us and  will empty our minds of  toxicity.  This helps us to become more rational in chaotic situations. It also helps us to be happier and in tune with ourselves and our daily relationships.

Allowing one on one time with our minds aids the healing of not only our souls, but many stress related ailments like neck pains, shoulder pains, muscle tension, etc.  These are all ailments that can contribute to our harsh dispositions when battling daily life. Relieving ourselves of these toxins, heightens our self-awareness. Finding a moment of solitude is vital to our self happiness and self-healing.

Traditional Meditation

It’s suggested that we spend 10-15 minutes of the day in silence, sitting in a position that allows our minds to be clear. This position is usually on a floor (yoga mat), legs crossed, shoulders and elbows apart, weight balanced, palms up with our thumbs slightly touching,and backs straight.

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Our eyes are to be half-open and our heads slightly tilted forward to keep our focus and minimize brain activity. We simply focus on our breathing (through our nostrils) for the allotted time.

Modern Meditation

This includes soundtracks of either guided meditation or musical accompaniment. Though I wouldn’t suggest playing Jay Z or Lil Wayne to meditate, but a very tranquil soundtrack would suffice. This type of music can be found on iTunes, Google Play, and even YouTube.

Find yourself  or create a mediation play list of your liking. Make sure the sounds are soft, tranquil, and promote an atmosphere of calmness.

An example of this music can be found here.

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Who can meditate?

Anyone can participate in meditation. You just have to make the time and exert your energy in a positive manner. Most importantly, you have to be able to put everything else out of your mind. At least for 10 to 15 minutes.

When can I meditate?

Some people prefer to first thing in the morning, before starting their day. Others would rather in the evening after a long day full of stressful events. It pretty much depends on the person and what works better for them.

I’ve recently began meditation, and I’ve  been really stressed out for the last 5 and half months. So beginning today, I’m doing a meditation challenge. I’m trying to meditate for at least ten minutes in the morning, and 15 minutes before bed. My intent here is to start the day off with a calm mind and cleanse it after the day’s activities.

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I’m using meditation as a way to better my temperament and relieve stress levels. So far, so good. Don’t forget to exhale, love.

-KaeJaye-

Author: KaeJaye Xpressions

I am a 2010 Mass Communication and Journalism graduate (BA) of Southeastern Louisiana University. I am also a 2016 English and Creative Writing Graduate (MA) of Southern New Hampshire University. I value words like no other. Words seem to pour out the depths of my soul of which I as a human have not yet dared to venture to. I appreciate pen, because it reaches beyond the boundaries that have been set by my more humanly self. I'm in love with paper or a blank screen, because it is the most beautiful canvas ever created by man.

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