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The following is a guided meditation that was written for us by the good people over at The Meditation Den. If you are interested in learning more about meditation including guides, questions and answers, and other helpful advice then be sure to visit them.
This particular meditation is called The Great Tree Meditation. It is a good exercise for anyone whether they are a beginner or more advanced. During the course of this meditative exercise you will be releasing negative emotions and drawing in positive, creative energy so if you find yourself feeling emotional do not worry, that is certainly not uncommon.
As with any meditation make sure that you are somewhere peaceful where you won’t be disturbed for the duration of the exercise. If you are disturbed or distracted then you can either start again or continue from where you left off if you feel able to slip back into it.
- To begin get yourself in a comfortable position. While the lotus is the “classic” position for meditation, if this is uncomfortable for you then you can sit with your legs stretched out or site on a chair, or even lie down on a bed or sofa. The important thing is that you are comfortable and your back is straight, allowing for proper breathwork.
- Close your eyes and focus on your breathing, allowing your muscles to relax and release any tension they may hold. Breathe deeply through your stomach so that it fully expands on inhalation and contracts to its normal size on exhalation.
- Experience the sensations that breathing brings. The coldness of the air as you inhale, and the warmth as you exhale. The air hitting the roof of your throat as it travels into your lungs.
- When you feel ready begin to focus on the points where your body is in contact with whatever is underneath it, be it floor, sofa, bed, etc. Imagine now that these points are your roots. Allow your roots to burrow deep, deep into the earth core – the heart of nature itself. You are part of nature. You are nature.
- As you exhale you are pushing out any blocked emotions and negativity you may hold, passing to earth so that it can heal you. And when you inhale you are breathing in a pure white light up through your roots that provides you with positive, healing energy.
- When you are ready begin to focus on the crown of your head. It is the head that houses the brain, and the brain which houses the mind, and the mind that houses your powers of creativity. Just as your roots burrowed down deep into the earth, now visualize branches full of lush green leaves sprouting from your head up high into the sky. The golden sun is shinning upon you.
- Now inhalation brings with it a new creative fire, new ideas and passion reinvigorated all passed down from the sun. As you exhale you are releasing any creative blocks that your mind has been holding up into the sky, letting them float away.
- You are now the Great Tree with deep roots to the earth and strong branches with beautiful leaves touching the sky. When you breathe in now you are enjoying the full benefits of being the Spirit Tree. You receive the creative energy from the sun and the emotional healing energy from the earth. And when you breathe out you are pushing away the negativity and mental blocks that stop you from being the divine self.
Continue to enjoy this meditation for as long as you desire.
I’ve written about meditation and its many benefits before here on Relaxation Haven – check out the archives for more information. Some people still find it difficult to find time to meditate or struggle to ease themselves into a meditative state. That’s why I’ve come up with these easy to follow tips on meditation.
Start With Short Sessions
It’s easy to get thrown off by the idea that you need to meditate for an hour to gain any benefit, however this is simply not true. You can experience significant benefits just by meditating for five minutes a day and you’ll probably find it a lot easier to meditate for a short amount of time to begin with.
Wherever you choose to meditate make sure it is a place that is comfortable for you. For most people this means a warm temperature and soft flooring. The way you hold your body is also important. You don’t have to sit in the lotus position if you don’t want to but that is a great posture for a beginner to meditation. You can sit however you want though, although it is recommended that you keep your back as straight as possible.
The clothes you wear can also make a difference. The best type of clothes for meditating are loose, soft and comfortable.
Breathe Slowly and Deeply
Meditation is all about focusing the mind on one thing. The easiest thing to focus on is your breathing. Breathe slowly and deeply through your nose and focus on how their air feels as it enters and then leaves your body.
One of the aims of meditation is to reduce conscious thought. However it is common, especially for beginners, to find conscious thoughts entering the mind while they’re trying to meditate. If this happens, don’t worry, your session is far from ruined. Just allow the thought to flow in and out of the mind.
Create a Routine
Meditation is most effective when it is done regularly. It is better to meditate for five minutes everyday than for an hour once a month. Find a window of time that you can use everyday and use it to meditate. You could also create a routine around this time. For example you may want to have a nice warm bath before you meditate to loosen your muscles and then perhaps read a book or listen to relaxing music for awhile afterwards.
I hope these tips will help you to enjoy meditation and all the benefits it offers.
I’ve been using The Ultimate Meditation Kit recently so I thought I’d do a little summary and review of the product for anyone who might be interested in buying it. To call itself The Ultimate Meditation Kit is a bit of marketing hyperbole but still it really is rather good, especially for someone who is new for meditation and is looking for guidance. The entire course is digital so that it can be emailed to you as soon as you’ve purchased it.
The Ultimate Mediation Kit contains a detailed eBook as well as five guided meditation MP3s. The eBook will teach you about the mind, the benefits of meditation, what happens during meditation, how to prepare yourself for meditation, how to get the most from meditation and a lot more. It’s all written in simple to understand language so it won’t throw you off with technical jargon or terms that are foreign to you. It’s this level of simplicity that makes The Ultimate Meditation Kit accessible to everyone.
When you buy The Ultimate Meditation Kit along with this manual you also get five guided meditations on MP3. They start off simple and build in complexity so you can easily go from beginner to advanced over the course of the guided meditations. The five meditations you are provided with are General Relaxation, Advanced Relaxation, Attracting Abundance, Enhanced Creativity and Meet With Your Higher Self. As you can see there are a variety of aims and topics covered.
I’ve been using The Ultimate Meditation Kit for a month now and it has really helped me to focus my goals and where I want to be. The Meet With Your Higher Self meditation in particular is mind-blowing and worth the cost of the course alone.
That brings me to the price. Usually The Ultimate Meditation Kit retails for $97 but there is currently a sale on (I don’t know how long this will last) that offers the course for $37. I would say it is definitely worth buying at that price for anyone who wants to take up meditation. Even if you are already fairly advanced it can help you branch out, learn more and stick more closely to a regular meditative routine.