A big part of my life I stood up every Monday morning reluctant to go to school and reluctant to go to work. Again a week full of challenges and too many chores. As a thank you, I always received a good portion of challenges from the universe and plenty of things to do.
It was Dr Wayne Dyer who made me try something else. Now I get up every morning and the first thing I do is say thank you for a new day with many new opportunities and I open up for the positive a day can give me. I have to be honest, this is not always easy. But one thing I know now for sure. What you say thanks for in the morning comes to you during the day. So try to thank for all the good the day is going to give you tomorrow when you get up. Let me know in the comments how it went.
In the same way as other forms of meditation, a body scan can be used to practice attention. A bodyscan changes between a wide and narrow focus of attention; from focusing on your little toe to the whole body.You can start the exercise by lying on the floor, or bed.
Start by focusing your attention on top of your head and then moving down the body, or the other way around. It’s good idea to start with a guided practice like this one to get a sense of how to move your attention up or down the body.
Music: “Organic Meditations Three” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Producing our meditations costs time and money.
We want to offer our meditations for free for as long as possible and will be very grateful for a donation. The money goes to Transformational Guide Seb (about.me/sebvdv)
Seb has been invited to use the social interactive platform called SecondLife for doing a weekly meditation session for one of the virtual health clinics there. We will record these sessions in audio and edit them for the visitor’s privacy reasons before sharing them with you here online on our website.
The first session was a quick and dirty introduction to meditation followed by a 20 minute session with guidance and music.
Next week Seb will focus on heart-brain coherence so stay tuned and enjoy this first session.
Sometimes people who come to my meditation gatherings wonder if I have taken courses as a yoga or mindfulness instructor. Then I always answer that I’ve done yoga, mindfulness, transcendental meditation, guided meditation, courses in energy movement, clinical hypnosis and some courses that most people in Norway have never heard about, like Morphogenesis and Heart Math Facilitator. The last one is the only course that resembles an instructor course. These are courses I’ve done over the last 20 years and I think this is a background that qualifies better to teach meditation than a week- or weekend course to become a mindfulness or yoga instructor. Not that I am not fond of mindfulness and yoga instructors. I see them as colleagues and they have a very important job as an instructor. I am very grateful that these fine people are spreading joy and dedication in Norway so people can embrace meditation as a health-promoting activity in everyday life.
I believe that being self-taught based on years of personal experience with different meditation, energy and well-being techniques is just as good if not better than a short education to become yoga or mindfulness instructor without having much of a background up front. In order to be a good instructor, you should, in my opinion, be able to understand everything that happens during meditation. And this goes further than telling that meditation is good for your mental and physical health. Please tell about the processes that take place in the body. Tell about telomeres and epigenetics. Tell about our heart and our brain and how they communicate and tell about the body’s electromagnetic field.
What’s even more important to learn before one starts at all with meditation and something that is often forgotten and perhaps is the cause that people stop practicing, is how we humans work on a cognitive level. How do people experience reality, how is this reality created and how do we process this reality? It is important that we understand our experience of meditation. I see too many people who give up because they do not know how to interpret their experiences with meditation so that they can stay motivated. I know this all too well from my own experience with meditation. It was not until I came into contact with a spiritual facilitator with years of experience in mediation that meditation became an important part of my life and a practice that has turned my life upside down in a positive way and saved me from unneeded suffering.
When I started meditating over 20 years ago it was because I wanted to cope with life in a better way. The opposite happened. I was confronted with myself in a way that made me confused, angry and depressed. I was an idiot, a zero a slave and a zombie with only resistance on his way. There was no one who wanted me good because everyone including myself survived on their ego. I stopped meditating. Meditation did not work for me, just like with everybody else who had tried.
It was not until I moved to another country and continued to experience the same experiences, that I started meditating again and this time with the help of a spiritual guide. With her smiling on the sidelines, I went further and deeper than I had ever done with meditation. I went through the dark night of the soul. Now I’m working as a transformational guide. Guiding people through their river of change.
Meditation together with my youngest son. Teaching your child to meditate does not mean that the child has to sit still for half an hour or more. 3 to 5 minutes is enough, also for adults. It is up to the child if it wants to sit longer than that. The challenge is to have a routine. For example, in the evening before bedtime after you have read a book together. Use simple techniques like a short breathing meditation with focus on the heart. Techniques that the child can also use during the day, such as before a test at school. In this way, the child will learn that meditation is something that can be useful for the rest of their lives. Studies show meditation can aid in controlling episodes of ADHD, PTSD, and depression. According to Carolyn Williams-Orlando, PhD., “In clinical practice, many children benefit from learning meditation, including those with autism, trauma, anxiety, and attentional, behavioural, or depressive conditions.” (Williams-Orlando, 2013).