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30 Second Meditation Techniques To Help You De-Stress At Work

December 21st, 2015

It is undeniable that all of us want to live stress-free lives, yet regularly feeling ‘stressed out’ has become ‘the norm’ in today’s society. There are numerous meditation techniques that can help you de-stress, but it’s fair to say that most of them are going to take you more than 30 seconds to do!

This is where micro meditation techniques come in.

What are micro meditation techniques?

As the name suggests, they are shortened versions of regular meditation methods. But even with their shortened state, the benefits are very similar to that of their longer counterparts.

Micro meditations can help you regain focus, energy and concentration, and can become very handy when it comes to quickly dealing with stressful situations at work. So next time you feel stress creeping up, try my…

3 Micro Meditation Techniques You Can Do At Work

Micro Meditation Technique 1: Belly Breathing

This micro meditation technique is geared towards eliminating negative emotions and energies.

How To Do Belly Breathing

1. When upset, place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest.
2. Take slow, deep breaths with only your stomach moving as the air goes in and out of your body.
3. As you inhale, think possitive thoughts. While you exhale, imagine that you’re realeasing negativity and tension from your body.

Do it right and it will only take 5 deep breaths to make you feel better.

Micro Meditation Technique 2: Metta Bhavana

This micro meditation is great for calming anger and negativity, and is a great exercise when you are having issues with an unpleasant co-workers. It also has the additional benefits of better sleep, greater concentration, and a boost in your overall mood. The term “metta bhavana” means the “cultivation of loving-kindness” and unlike its pronunciation, it is extremely easy to do.

Translated as the “cultivation of loving-kindness”, the Metta Bhavana method technique is geared towards dealing with negativity and anger towards another person.

It can help you sleep better and improve your concentration.

How To Do A Metta Bhavana

1. Sit comfortably and take deep breaths.
2. As you exhale, think feelings of kindness, confidence and love. Think of people you hold dear and focus on why you are thankful for having them in your life.
3. Whisper the lines “may they be loved, well, and happy.”
4. End the exercise by slowly opening your eyes.

Practice this micro meditation technique with an open mind and you will instantly feel more relaxed.

Micro Meditation Technique 3: Standing Body Scan

Body scans are a form of mindful meditation, and normally take around 3 to 5 minutes to complete.

In saying that, you can speed the process up and reap all the benefits, in just 30 seconds.

How To Do A Standing Body Scan

1. Stand up straight with both feet flat on the ground.
2. Close your eyes and place your awareness in your feet. Slowly move your attention up your body taking notice of every single detail and feeling until you reach your forehead.
3. Take a deep breath in through your nose. Visualize this fresh, soothing air flowing throughout your entire body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes.

Doing this meditation technique for 30 seconds or more will instantly give you a burst of energy.

So, are you ready to give them a go? Try out these 30 second micro meditation techniques and share with us how effective they were! Plus as always, if you know of any other effective micro meditation techniques, please share them with our community in the comment box below.

And if you want to take meditating at work to the next level, try including our FREE 15 minute meditation audio into your meditation sessions.


7 Heart Opening Meditation Quotes To Inspire Mindfulness

December 17th, 2015

We at SubSines compiled 7 meditation quotes that had a greatly impact on our lives.  We hope that by sharing them, they will have the same effect on you too. =)

1. “Don’t believe everything you think. Thoughts are just that – thoughts.” ― Allan Lokos

2. “Seeking is endless. It never comes to a state of rest; it never ceases.” ― Sharon Salzberg

3. “The future is always beginning now.” — Mark Strand

4. “Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.” ― Albert Einstein

5. “If you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.” — Anne Morrow Lindbergh

6. “We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” -― Maya Angelou

7. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ― ThichNhatHanh

Do you have other mindfulness meditation quotes, techniques or tips that you practice? Please share them on the comment section below. =)

Also, don’t forget to grab a copy of our  FREE inception audio. It is a 15 minute brainwave entrainment audio that can help heighten your meditation session.

All our brainwave entrainment audio were created at the SubSines studio, nestled at the heart of the “While Island” Ibiza, Spain, and was created and mastered by world renowned DJ/Producer and SubSines co-founder Lenny Ibizzare.

 


The Power Of Meditation Music

December 14th, 2015 3 Comments

If you think that meditation music is just another word for relaxation music, think again.

I consider myself as a music aficionado and my musical preference ranges all the way from Jazz to electronic music. And what I realized through my years of sifting through countless vinyl records, cassette tapes, CD’s, and MP3’s was that there are certain musical frequencies that can awaken a person’s spiritual side.

These frequencies can change a person’s frame of mind, heighten consciousness and even reinvigorate the spirit. It helps a person become more creative, and in some cases, shed light on ones purpose.

Years ago, when I started listened to meditative music, I noticed that my meditation sessions became much deeper and that I was more creative afterwards. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that meditating with music is a magic pill. What I’m trying to point out is that listening to music during your sessions can heighten the experience and amplify the effects.

It has been documented that combining music with meditation techniques results in our brain secreting the chemical responsible for giving us the feeling we recognize as “love”.

By combining guided meditation with meditation music, you allow yourself to tap into your subconscious. Your focus becomes heightened, creativity is enhanced and you will feel energized and rejuvenated.

In my meditation journey, I also realized that listening to music could actually become the meditation itself.

I experimented with this idea for several months, and I realized that I was able to go really deep states by listening to music. Of course, I tried to shift between genres to see if there was any change. And to no surprise, the more “organic” the music was, the better the experience became.

This led me to the conclusion that though not all music can be used for meditation and narrowed it down to two factors.

1. You must take the idea of meditating to music seriously

You can’t just put on any music; you have to actively listen and become one with it. There must be nodistractions. All you need to do is sit comfortably with your eyes closed and listen.

2. The more “organic” the music is, the better

Like I said, I tried numerous genres and forms of music. But what worked best for me was the sound of rain.

To end, let me leave you with something from Albert Einstein:

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”

I hope that I have given you sound advice pertaining to how you can use meditation music, or music in general, in your meditation sessions. If you want more information about the best meditation music available online, please check out our FREE meditation audio.


You’ll Never Guess What These 12 Celebrities Have To Say About Meditation

December 11th, 2015 6 Comments

Being a celebrity means you get fame, money and success…

But it can also be one of the most stressful jobs a person can have. The pressure of being in the public’s eye 24/7 can put a toll on a person’s psyche. And this is, in my opinion, why more and more celebrities are now looking to meditation as a way to de-stress, find a bit of solitude, and maybe even (for just a few minutes), step out of the limelight and reconnect with their true selves.

So, what do Hugh Jackman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen DeGeneres, Sheryl Crow, Clint Eastwood, Russell Simmons, Arianna Huffington, Jerry Seinfeld, Liv Tyler, Paula Abdul, George Harrison and Moby really think about meditation?

Well, let’s see…

In meditation, I can let go of everything. I’m not Hugh Jackman. I’m not a dad. I’m not a husband. I’m just dipping into that powerful source that creates everything. I take a little bath in it. – Hugh Jackman

My New Year’s resolution is to learn how to meditate. It’s always sounded like something I should do, but I don’t know how to. My friends who do it say it’s really freakin’ brilliant. They say you can’t know the peace/awareness/contentment until you do it. My brain drives me mental. I am going to start. – Gwyneth Paltrow

It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me. – Ellen DeGeneres

The simple act of making my brain shut off for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night may not seem like much, but what ends up happening, besides creating space in your day, is your awake posture begins to replicate your meditative posture. – Sheryl Crow

I’ve been using it for almost 40 years now – and I think it’s a great tool for anyone to have, to be able to utilize as a tool for stress. Stress, of course, comes with almost every business.
– Clint Eastwood

Meditation helps you to keep that presence. It actually teaches you and your brain to operate from that presence. You’ll understand it, you’ll become it when you meditate. So that’s why we meditate – so that we can see that what is in front of us. – Russell Simmons

The more hectic, the more challenging our lives, the more we need something… meditation… quiet time in our lives when we can… just connect with ourselves. We all have that place of wisdom, strength, and peace within us… if we can learn to visit it more often… we will truly transform our lives. – Arianna Huffington

I’ve been doing meditation for over 40 years. But it’s very hard to explain… It’s like having a phone charger for your whole body and mind… – Jerry Seinfeld

Meditation is an incredible way of centering myself, of calming myself, and really getting perspective on where I am. – Liv Tyler

I incorporate meditation before or after I work out. Even if it’s just sitting quietly with my eyes closed and listening to the beat of my own heart, it reenergizes me. – Paula Abdul

You don’t feel like you have more knowledge or anything. You might, but it doesn’t feel that way exactly. You just feel more energetic. You just come out of it and it’s been refreshing. – George Harrison

It’s a simple practice that calms the mind… – Moby

But just because these celebrities enjoy the practice of meditation, doesn’t mean meditation actually has health benefits, does it? Wrong! Here’s just one of multiple studies completed by highly respected universities that prove the various health benefits of meditation:

Dr. Elizabeth Hoge, Psychiatrist at the center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, found that meditation can result in reductions of multiple dimensions of psychological stress. And this is after reviewing nearly 19.000 meditation studies!

It is undeniable that meditation indeed has long-term positive effects, not just on our minds, but our bodies as well.

So with all things said, do you want to take advantage of numerous benefits of meditation but aren’t sure how to get started? Or have you tried to meditate in the past, only to fail at turning your racing thoughts off, so you instead just gave up?

If so, make sure you grab yourself a copy of our 15 minute complimentary ‘Inception’ Brainwave Entrainment Meditation.

Due to the advanced brainwave entrainment technology that was used to create it, you’ll be able to slip into a deep meditative state without any effort at all. This means you can experience the mind and body benefits pro-meditators and celebrities (like we mentioned above), get to experience all the time!

 


Meditation For Beginners: 3 Easy Steps To Start Meditating

December 10th, 2015

Are you looking to start meditating but don’t know where to start? Do you feel confused about what you really need to do to see results? Have you tried to meditate in the past only to end up feeling frustrated because you couldn’t turn off the racing thoughts in your mind?

If that’s you, then what you’re experiencing is very common and in fact, I too have experienced the same frustrations in the past too.

That’s why in this article, I created a meditation for beginners guide and simplified the entire process into 3 clear, simple and easy steps to get you successfully meditating in no time at all…

Meditation For Beginners Tip 1: Sit Comfortably

The most recommended position to be in when meditating is in a seated position. You can either sit on a stool, chair, couch… basically anywhere, so long as you are in a comfortable position.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to be crossing your legs like a pretzel every time you meditate. The idea is for you to be in a comfortable position, so if you want to extend your legs, do so. The only rule is that you must have good posture when meditating. This means that regardless of what sitting position you are in, your back should be straight at all times.

Once you are in a comfortable position, envision that there is a thread running from the top of your head to the base of your back, and that is pulling the length of your spine upward.

And now we move to the next meditation for beginners tip which is;

Meditation For Beginners Tip 2: Enter A State Of Relaxation

Now I know that this is something which can be a tad difficult to do for anyone new to meditation. So the most relatable way for me to describe what you need to do is to try and sleep. Mimic the feeling of sleeping without actually sleeping. Now, isn’t that way easier than me telling you to empty your mind?

Now this area calls for some imagination on your part. You need to imagine a relaxing sensation moving within your body.

Start by closing your eyes, and from a single point, let’s say your fingertips, imagine that relaxing sensation moving slowly up your arms and through your upper torso, and then all the way down to your toes as it occupies each and every part of your body.

Take note that the common tension areas are the tongue, jaws, neck and shoulder. So save these areas for last.

Now that you are in a somewhat state of relaxation…

Meditation For Beginners Tip 3: Just Sit And Breathe

Now that you are somewhat in a calm state, try to maintain it. Be aware of the sounds around you, but try not to focus on them or react to them. Just like when you’re trying to sleep, you also are aware of the sounds of things around you, but don’t react to them right?

Just focus on being still and breathing deeply. And just BE.

Once you feel that you are ready to end your meditation, don’t just go and open your eyes and stand up. Because just like waking up after a good night’s sleep, you first need to slowly bring your consciousness back to reality. So with eyes closed, start moving your fingers and toes gently. Then start moving your arms and legs softly. After then, when you bring your awareness into the present moment, that’s when you can open your eyes and slowly get up.

Finally, keep in mind that consistency is key to all these meditation for beginners tips. Just like anything in life, practice makes perfect. So try and find time to meditate at least 5 minutes every day and you will surely notice its benefits in no time at all.

And if you feel that this meditation for beginners article has helped you better understand how to start meditating; we would love to hear your thoughts, as well as offer you this FREE 15 minute meditation audio.

Hoping to see you share your experience in the comment box below.


Health Benefits Of Meditation: Is Meditation The Answer To All Health Problems?

December 9th, 2015 2 Comments

Recent studies have shown that the health benefits of meditation may be even more powerful than people originally thought.

Harvard’s Research About The Health Benefits Of Meditation

A recent  study from Harvard University and the University of Sienna found that the health benefits of meditation include the growing of self-awareness, increased concentration, as well as heart and immune system support. And, it was discovered that meditation can in fact alter the physiology of the human brain and consistent practice can literally diminish feelings of anxiety and depression in people of all ages.

In the study, published in the journal, 24 people who had never meditated before were chosen by scientists. They were then guided through an 8 week meditation course.

Each participant had to complete a two-and-a-half hour session per week, where they learned about different components and styles of meditation. Furthermore, outside of their weekly session, they each had to meditate for 45 minutes each day.

The scientist’s gathered data through MRI’s taken before and after the meditation course, as well as performed psychological evaluations.

What they discovered was quite fascinating.

“There was a thickening in the part of the brain that is responsible for emotions and perception. This resulted in the body’s physiological resilience against worry, anxiety and depression to be strengthened.”

Studies like these really raise the question… is it really much simpler to fix all of the problems we’ve developed as result of the demands put on us in the 21st century?

Is living a fulfilling and happy life as simple as taking a few minutes each day to sit in silence and practice mindfulness meditation exercises?

I think it’s certainly worth trying, don’t you?

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Meditation For Beginners: What New Meditators Need To Ignore

December 8th, 2015 2 Comments

So… you made a decision to get into meditation. You planned everything out and promised yourself to allot a few minutes each day to your new practice. You were excited about getting started so you eagerly dove in on Day 1. You started your session, but after just one minute you realized that trying to sit still was close to impossible. You also discovered that your brain just wouldn’t stop pestering you with ideas. You began to feel frustrated and defeated, and started asking yourself if you really are capable of achieving what you set out to do.

Well my friend, if this sounds familiar, don’t despair. Everyone new to meditation has likely experienced these same kinds of frustrations too. And the challenges you’re encountering are not a permanent problem, but merely a transition period for your mind and body.

In this meditation for beginners article, I will dive deeper into two of the most common challenges someone new to meditation might encounter, as well as address exactly what you can do to overcome them.

Common Challenge Number 1: Uncomfortable Bodily Sensations

This is common even for seasoned practitioners!

You see, outside of meditation, we are in a constant state of movement. Even when we do the smallest of tasks, our bodies are usually moving in some way. This is why most individuals that are new to meditation, start to notice the smallest of discomforts in their bodies when they sit down to meditate. It may be frustrating at first, but you are actually are on the right track because it means that you’re becoming more aware of your body.

So every time you feel any pain or discomfort, focus on that specific area. Do not try to eliminate or analyze the sensation. Rather, just acknowledge its presence.

Remember that one of the keys to successful meditation is to be aware of your surroundings, but to not interact with it.

Common Challenge Number 2: Racing Thoughts

Our brains never stop working. Even when we sleep, our brain still continues to conjure images. With that said, most misunderstand the phrase “empty your mind” when it comes to meditation. Some believe that when trying to meditate, you should train your brain to be devoid of thought completely. However like I mentioned, being in a deep meditative state is all about being aware, and at the same time distant and unengaged with the physical world.

So when you’re meditating and thoughts suddenly pop up, don’t try your best to dismiss them, – because the action of trying to dismiss them is you actually creating another thought. Do you get my drift?

Again, all you need to do is acknowledge the presence of your thoughts but refrain from entertaining them.

I know this can sound easier said than done, and that’s why it is much better for new meditators to either have someone to meditate with, or to enroll in a mediation class.

Alternatively, guided meditation in the form of MP3 audios, are fast becoming the go-to option for people that want to try out meditation but don’t have the time or extra funds to do so. It’s also a convenient option as you can practically take it anywhere with you. It’s like having a meditation teacher on call 24/7, with the best meditation music that’s designed to slip you into that beautiful lucid state every single time you meditate!

If you are looking for a way to get into meditation without spending money, register for our FREE brainwave entrainment MP3 and start your journey to a more balanced you.


Binaural Beats Meditation Music: How to start and get the most out of it

December 7th, 2015

Although binaural beats have been around for a long time, not many people associate this technology with meditation. This is why there was a lot of hesitation when binaural beats meditation music first hit the mainstream meditation community. But as more studies came out, people have slowly warmed up to the idea of using binaural beats during their meditation sessions.

In fact nowadays, more people are getting hooked on using binaural beats meditation music because not only does it allow them to conveniently meditate anywhere, but it also allows them to reach a meditative state a lot faster than traditional meditation techniques.

If you think about it, our brain’s function at an optimal level every single day as they work to process information around us. The feeling of being stressed is the result of our brain not being able to take a break from its daily routine. Meditation is a way for our brain to disconnect, rest and recharge.

So, what’s the best way to use binaural beats meditation music? Here are my 3 best tips:

1. Download High Quality Binaural Beats Meditation Music

If you go online you would see that there are numerous binaural beats download links available. Some of them work, some of them don’t.

Now the reason I say some don’t work is not because they are fake, but rather it is because of their audio quality.
For example, if you search ‘binaural beats meditation’, YouTube links will definitely come up in your search engine.

Now when you upload binaural beats on to third party sites like YouTube, the sound quality is oftentimes lost during the upload process. This slight loss of audio quality can make or break the effectiveness of a binaural audio, as said audios are very specific when it comes to how they resonate with your brainwaves. In fact, a slight change in sound quality would automatically render them ineffective.

*If you continue reading, I will give you a link where you can download high quality binaural beats for free.

2. Get Yourself A Good Pair Of Headphones

Good speakers may be good for listening purposes, but they are not advisable when meditating with binaural beats.

The best type of headphone to use is one to block out external sounds. They don’t have to be a high-end model but something that will completely cover your ears. This way you will be able to clearly hear your binaural beats audio without any interference.

3. Relax And Let It Take Over

Once your binaural beats meditation audio starts, don’t think or do anything else, all you need to do is relax, listen and enjoy.

Now, if you are new to meditation, there will be times within your session where you might get distracted. Don’t worry as this totally normal for meditation newbies.

With that said, let me suggest you read our article on “Problems New Meditators Need To Ignore”. The This article talks about solutions to common problems someone new to meditation might encounter.

And if you think I forgot my promise to you earlier, no I did not. Here is the link to our FREE brainwave entrainment meditation MP3 that you can use in your next meditation session. Our binaural beats meditation music was created by no other than multi-awarded international DJ/Producer Lenny Ibizarre, in his studio in Ibiza.

Like what I said earlier, binaural beat technology is all about quality. =)


Brainwave Entrainment: What In The World Is It?

December 4th, 2015

What Is Brainwave Entrainment?

In layman’s terms, brainwave entrainment is the stimulation of one’s brain through the use of electromagnetic fields and pulsing sounds.

It elicits a response from your brain to align itself to the frequency of the sound/beat that you’re listening to. This response is called “frequency following”.

What Is Its Effect?

Depending on how you use binaural beat technology, it can induce sleep, heighten a meditation session or help a person relax, enhance one’s focus or aid a person in achieving a state of trance.

Brainwave entrainment is so powerful that upon listening to it for the first time, users often report that it helped them experience incredible blissful states which they have never been able to experience before.

How Did It Start?

There isn’t really an exact date as to when brainwave entrainment was discovered but practitioners of the method will argue that even during the Bronze Age, the practice was already present.

Their main argument stems from chambers used by ancient Greeks that were proven to be acoustically attuned to certain frequencies of the human brain.

Modern brainwave entrainment however first started making waves in the 1970’s. With the advent of the synthesizer and computers, electromagnetic fields that emit low energy were used along with electronically generated beats.

Types Of Beats

Monaural Beats

Usually heard as a “clicking” sound, monaural beats result from the compression or overlapping of 2 tones originating from a single speaker.

Binaural Beats

Our initial reaction to a sound is to try figure out where it is coming from by ascertaining tone differences through our ears. Our brain reacts and tries to process different tones through what is called “phase resonance”. This is how we know from what direction a sound comes from.

What binaural beat technology does is trick the process of how we find sound. It does this by playing contrasting tones in each of our ears.

An individual listening to the beats needs to use headphones since both ears are being bombarded with different tones.

Isochronic Tones

This type of beat is a regular beat of a singular tone. It embeds itself into the music by becoming a very compressed audio bandwidth. Only a single frequency oscillates which leaves the rest untouched. Essentially it’s just a tone that is being turned on and off rapidly. They create sharp, distinctive pulses of sound.

What Type Of People Use Brainwave Entrainment?

Individuals who want to see a rapid change in their mental state and/or behavior commonly use brainwave entrainment.

Medical professionals such as doctors and psychologists are also starting to use brainwave entrainment in treating their patients due to its meditative properties.

How Can Brainwave Entertainment Help With Meditation?

Traditional meditation teaches its practitioner to concentrate on something for several minutes in order to de-clutter the mind and attain focus. With brainwave entrainment music, attaining focus happens almost instantly and effortlessly, thus you achieving the benefits of meditation much faster.

Think of it as a quick and effortless way to reach the peak of your meditation session. The benefits are the same as traditional meditation, but you experience them MUCH faster with brainwave entrainment music.

If you want to take advantage of the benefits of using brainwave entrainment technology to improve your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical well-being, the go register for our FREE SubSines 15 minute inception brainwave entrainment meditation audio now.


The Newbie Guide To Meditating Like A Buddhist

December 3rd, 2015

Buddhism is over 2000 years old and focuses on mindfulness, wisdom and being present. They spend many countless hours meditating and as a result develop concentration, clarity and emotional positivity.

To meditate like a Buddhist may take years to master, but below is a newbie guide you can follow for meditation that will help you cultivate a new, more positive way of being.

Get A Comfortable Cushion To Sit On

Though you can meditate even while sitting on the floor, if you’re just getting started, you might find this uncomfortable and it could become a distraction to your mind inside your meditations.

So first, find a comfortable cushion to sit on. This could be your pillow, your yoga mat, or even a blanket folded up a few times. If you’re dedicated to buying something specific for your meditation practice, then I would recommend buying a a zabuton or a zafu.

Find A Suitable Space To Meditate

The best place to meditate is somewhere quiet and comfortable.

Also, make sure that your TV, radio, computer and most especially your mobile phone are all turned off during your session. You don’t want be interrupted in the middle of your meditation by a text or call from your friend asking if you have seen the new funny video he posted on Facebook, right?

It’s also best to wear clothes that are less constricting. Remember that during meditation, your senses are heightened. So if your clothes are tight or itchy, the feeling will be greatly magnified.

Now if your place is a haven for noise pollution, then you may want to check out my other article explaining how to meditate anywhere.

Sit Down, Be Comfortable, Relax

As you enter your meditation session, you can either sit or kneel, but the key here is to ensure that your spine is totally straight. This is to ensure the smooth flow of energy from your body up towards your crown. You can choose to sit in a lotus position, but if you’re new to meditation, I recommend that you instead sit in a position that you find most comfortable naturally. The reason for this is that maintaining the lotus position for prolonged periods of time takes lots of practice and you want to eliminate any need to adjust your body once you get started, as that will act as a distraction.

Now that you are sitting comfortably, rest both hands with palms facing up, on your lap. Slowly close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. Breathe slow and deep and count every breath until you reach to 10. Once you have reached your 10th breath, repeat the process.

The purpose of the count is to condition your brain to only focus on breathing and nothing else. So don’t worry too much about the count itself as it is just a guide.

Don’t Entertain Thoughts

Am I doing it right? What should I cook for dinner? Is that my neighbor listening to Miley Cyrus again?

Thoughts will constantly hound you during meditation, but the common mistake people make is that they try and block their thoughts, which ultimately leads to frustration. A successful meditation practice occurs when you don’t interact with the thoughts that enter your mind. I know it might sound like a complicated concept, but just try it out as it works!

When you’re just starting out, try meditating for just 5 or 10 minutes and slowly work your way up as your practice deepens.

When coming out of your session, make sure that you do it gradually. Start by first focusing on the sensation in your toes and work upwards until you reach your mouth, cheeks, and eventually your eyes. This is when you open your eyes and then slowly get up.

Well, that’s my newbie guide to meditating like a Buddhist. If this article has helped you, do leave me a message about your experience in the comment section below. And if doing meditation by yourself is something you find difficult, you can always go download our FREE meditation music as the technology behind it is designed to effortlessly quiet your mind.