Increasing or Starting Your Meditation Motivation
by Erika Slater
This article touches on three related topics – meditation, mindfulness and hypnosis. Meditation in particular has got to a point with a lot of folks where they’ve gotten so distracted they “forget” to be mindful or practice meditation, or become inconsistent about it.
The focus of this article is how to help you increase or start your motivation for meditation as there’s nothing changed about its effectiveness or benefits for you. You just need to find ways to “get back in the meditation saddle.”
The world at large seems to have blurred the edges between meditation and mindfulness. So, let’s set the record straight a little: Meditation has many forms and mindfulness is a form where you bring your focus to one point such as breathing. This can be part of a wider meditation or be the meditation in and of itself.
Before we discuss ways of getting back into, or starting, meditation, let’s do a quick recap on some basics…
WHAT IS MEDITATION EXACTLY?
Do you picture some guru chanting or humming as they sit cross-legged on a small mat with their palms raised upwards? It’s funny many people still have this ‘mystical’ perception of meditation, usually based on movies and media, when often times it’s portrayed as being hokey or silly.
Unfortunately, due to these misperceptions, too many people dismiss it and shrug it off as a beneficial source of relaxation and healing, when in fact it’s exceptionally beneficial.
People who use meditation achieve wonderful relaxation and peace of mind.
It helps them to escape from the daily, mundane stresses of their everyday living.
One of the biggest obstacles when it comes to meditation, is in knowing how to do it properly, at least that’s a misconception too many people hold.
Going back to the media’s portrayal of meditation, many people believe meditation is some difficult, complex mystical process that takes years upon years of training to master. In fact, meditation is very easy to learn and do.
People who really want to ‘meditate’ are able to do it immediately and reap its benefit as quickly.
What is meditation exactly?
The best way to describe meditation is to discuss it as a process that trains the mind to self-regulate itself. By self-regulating itself, the mind achieves a deeper, more relaxed state of consciousness that creates benefit for the mind to acknowledge some specific content without becoming identified with that specific content.
Often times, meditation is used to clear one’s mind of stressful thoughts.
This has the ability to help with both psychological and physiological health concerns.
Furthermore, meditation is exceptional for aiding in treating stress, anxiety, anger and depression. Meditative states create outstanding calming effects and directs one’s awareness inward, until a heightened awareness is achieved – an inside wakefulness of being totally aware of your being and thoughts.
This helps in one’s controlling of thoughts, or re-conditioning of your thoughts.
Most people are caught up in the hustle, bustle and distracting noise of their everyday lives, and they believe they don’t have the time to learn it or to engage in the many forms of meditation.
GETTING STARTED OR MAKING YOUR WAY BACK TO MEDITATION:
As mentioned earlier there are many types of meditation and one of these is Mindfulness. Seven popular meditation forms are: Transcendental Meditation, Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM), Kundalini, Guided Visualization, Qi Gong, Zazen, Mindfulness.
There are a lot more than seven so do your own research to find a way of meditating that’ll work for you.
I began this article by mentioning hypnosis in the same sentence as meditation and mindfulness. This was deliberate by me as hypnosis is a form of meditation.
Hypnosis is a heightened state of awareness where thoughts become focused and controlled. With that said, experts have likened hypnosis to tunnel vision, you only see (focus and think about) what’s in front of your mind.
You get to choose what that ‘something’ is. Ironically, when you learn self-hypnosis, you basically learn how to accomplish meditation! This can be helpful also in rejuvenating your motivation to get back to meditation if you’ve wandered away from it or being inconsistent.
Hypnosis can help you “light the fire” to begin, or “rekindle the fire” to get you back in, to consistent meditation and experiencing all the benefits of relaxation it can provide.
For those who have never tried hypnosis, it’s a great place to start and see what total peace and relaxation under your own direction feels like. This can be greatly aided under the guidance of a trained hypnotherapist.
In the first session, a trained hypnotherapist can teach you both self-hypnosis and meditation. Since much hypnosis is self-hypnosis, what is taught to you can be directly used and applied when you are alone and need to engage in it. If you want to consider working directly with me on meditation motivation through my online and in-office sessions, then check out my Hypnosis Services or if you’ve a specific need then contact me here.
Meditation is as simple as self-hypnosis which is super easy!
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