Step One – The Stillness

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How do I prepare for personal and spiritual growth?  What skills or tools do I need to help me build fortitude and clarity (and why?).  The first step is a practice or ritual that starts my day off.  I’m talking about meditation.

I’ve been practicing meditation since 2012. I have watched meditation explode in recent months, as thought-leader after thought-leader espouse the benefits of this practice.

Meditation is important to my process, so I wanted to share the practice I have developed over the past 4 years.

Mornings

I sit every morning between 6:00 and 6:30 am for 20 minutes.  I practice a “third-eye” meditation.  My goal is silence and stillness, so I do not chant or pray.    I do not listen to sounds or guided meditations in the morning.  At the end of my session, I turn my awareness up in aspiration. From there I start my other daily rituals (yoga, tea, writing, etc.).

Evenings

I sit 5 out of 7 nights per week currently (I am living on my own temporarily).  My nights are focused on my Chakras and usually lasts for one hour.  I first play sounds (frequencies/chants) designed to activate or clear a specific Chakra (there are 7, each serving and representing a different purpose).  I focus on one each night, working all 7 – from Root (1) to Crown(7) – over 7 nights, then repeat. I then finish my practice with 15 to 20 minutes of stillness.

It seems simple, but it is hard work.  I approach my meditation with intention and dedication because I have come to know that consistency is critical.  There are no short cuts.

A word of advice to anyone starting a meditation practice – everyone’s experiences are different so don’t rely on others for experiential advice (what to expect).  Just do it and go with whatever comes up for you.  There is no right or wrong way.

See you down the road.

Peace

 

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