Meditation for Beginners -
Meditation is part of my daily routine because it works.
Even though I'm a science teacher, I believe in God, Jesus, Heaven, and Angels. I've never questioned areas of my faith that don't make logical sense. I've just had pure blind faith. It doesn't hurt to believe. I've had many miracles in my life that were not some silly coincidence. Some people even say that there is no such thing as a coincidence and that everything happens for a reason. We're not supposed to figure everything out, that is why it's called having faith.
My husband and I started taking meditation seriously
I was raised Catholic and said prayers, but I knew there was more. I looked into meditation and introduced it to my husband. When I really took meditation seriously, it started working. I took meditation more serious when my husband started telling me that he tears up and breathes different without his control while meditating. He was meditating at least once a day. I was able to connect on deeper level after some practice.
I compare meditating and connecting to those 3D pictures that were out back in the 90's, they're called autostereograms. An autostereogram looks like an abstract colored photo and looks like nothing much unless you focus your attention correctly. It's only when you adjust your eyes, almost like zoning out when you daydream, that's when the 3D image pops out. For me, meditation works very much like this. We have the unseen spiritual world all around and within us. It's only when we calm ourselves with conscious breathing and silent our minds to be able to experience what is right in front of us. It's like lifting a veil or removing the fog to be able to see, hear and gain clarity. I remember when my daughter was a toddler and I'd see layers of awareness come to the surface as she grew older. Meditation helps us to become aware and connect with what is already all around us.
I've meditated about many things and I've received answers, clarity, and peace. One meditation, in particular, was mind blowing for me. I meditated for 3 hours for someone who needed prayers. No one was home and I didn't have any plans, so it was the perfect opportunity to meditate. I meditated from 5 pm until 8 pm. I didn't say a mantra, which is a sound, word or phrase repeated many times. All I did was relax, control my breathing and visualized Angels and their wings around this person. I used my own words in asking for protection for this person. I repeated the requests and statements over and over but not verbatim. I just talked normally as someone would do with a friend, but I did it in my head.
At 8 pm, my 9-year-old daughter came home with a drawing of an Angel. I was speechless. No one knew that I was meditating. There was no reason for her to have chosen to draw an Angel on that particular evening expect for Heaven communicating through her that I was heard. I had physical confirmation, a manifestation, that I was heard. This happened in November 2016. I keep the drawing on my nightstand and look at it daily to remember that they heard me.
Not only did I receive the drawing as proof, my meditation prayer requests were also granted. The situation has unfolded and was ironed out in unexpected miraculous ways.
Some people think that they don't deserve to ask for blessings or for prayers to be answered because their situation might not be as bad as others in the world. I believe that there is enough to go around for everyone, no matter how insignificant the request. I've asked for help with something that I can't find, like car keys, and after asking it turns up within minutes. It's funny how it works, a thought that wasn't even yours, to begin with, will pop into your head and it's the answer to what was asked. We all just have to slow down and listen. It's amazing and comforting when it happens. It's a frequent reminder that we are not alone, even if it seems that way.
What's the difference between prayers and meditation?
There isn't much of a difference. Where the huge difference lies is how you do it. Are the prayers being said, just to say them? Or is an intentional connection being made to be heard?
How I meditate:
Step 1: Devote at least 20 minutes or more and find a comfortable area. I've meditated in bed before, but it's really not a great place because it's too easy to fall asleep.
Step 2: Find a comfortable position. I have a reclining sofa and usually sit there.
Step 3: Take deep slow breaths in and then exhale out slowly.
Step 4: Clear your mind. If you have trouble clearing your mind or not, my husband and I, find it helpful to be grateful to the fullest extent and to say "thank you, thank you, thank you," in sync with the long slow exhale.
Step 5: You might feel outside of yourself or just really different. The only problem is that when it happens, most people (including myself), break the connection by simply acknowledging what's happening and they lose the connection. If this happens, just try to re-connect.
Step 6: Answers can come through in many forms, such as a feeling, hearing it in your head, a dream, a person, an idea..etc.
Step 7: Be patient. You might not feel a connection even after doing it several times, it takes practice.
Anyone can meditate. You just need patience and determination to make it work. Once you experience a connection, you'll never forget it.
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