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8 Reasons Why Mindfulness Doesn’t Work for Most People

Today I will be talking about a few reasons due to which mindfulness doesn’t work for a lot of people. In the past few posts I have been talking about mindfulness and since I am well aware that many people find it impossible to make use of this method, here I will be making a list of the common hindrances that one may find in this path which makes people think that they cannot practice this form of meditation.

I have been practicing mindfulness from a very long time and I have been writing posts on it since the beginning of this blog. I have discovered that there are a lot of mental barriers which makes it difficult for us to practice this technique and I have received many emails from my readers which gave me a better idea about why many people fail to make proper use of the mindfulness exercises. Continue reading

4 Quick Mindfulness Techniques for Busy People

Today we are going to discuss 4 quick mindfulness techniques that you can use anytime you want to free up your mind from the unwanted stress caused by negative thoughts and emotions.

Mindfulness meditation has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years but people still have a lot of misconception about it. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, mindfulness is not a difficult thing that you will have to learn from a master but it is something that you can practice on your own at your home without the need of any guidance.

Practicing mindfulness whenever you get time during the day has numerous benefits on your psychological as well as physical health. It can provide you with the peace of mind that is essential for the healthy functioning of your brain. A small break from the incessant flow of thoughts will enable you to gain more control over your thoughts and emotions so that you can work more efficiently.

Since it is not possible for everyone to sit and meditate for hours, here I am going to give you 4 quick mindfulness exercises that you can use anywhere anytime. Continue reading

One Awesome Mind Hack for Better Concentration – Smart Focus Trick

Do you also start yawning like me when you are about to read a book? Is it hard for you to concentrate when you are in the most need to focus on something? If yes, then I think the method for achieving a good degree of concentration on any specific work at hand that I am about to share here will solve your problem.

But first I will like to warn, this method is not for kids because it needs a certain level of maturity to understand this thing, if you are a parent then you may definitely create something of your own to help your kids from what you take from this content.

See, it has always been very difficult for me to concentrate, leave alone the high school days and the college days, even now when I pick an important work especially which involves “learning by reading”, my mind becomes my biggest enemy and finds the best possible ways to distract me. Continue reading

Time Travel Meditation – Releasing Negative Memories

I have been doing a very interesting time travel meditation in the past few days which has me helped a lot to clear any kind of negative feelings that I still have in my inner world about any particular phase of my life from the past.Releasing a Negative Memory

This is much similar to the holographic memory release technique, but since I have learned another way of releasing negative energies, I came up with this method which I found is perfect for me.

It allows one to detach themselves from all the thoughts caused by a past event which is still one of the main reasons for their problems in any particular area of their life.

This meditation includes various exercises I have learned from different materials, it can even match to any other practice used by people but all I want to say is that this one is really powerful because, in a way, it changes you since you are letting your past burdens go by doing this.

Traveling Time Through Mind

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Altered States of Consciousness – Meditation vs. Other Ways

What I am going to tell you in this post about the altered states of consciousness is based on my own experiences and learning, through this article, I really want to debunk various myths associated with meditation because often people with less knowledge about it believe that it is just another way to escape the reality.

Before talking about how meditation works, I want to answer a basic question.

What Is Altered States of Consciousness?

Let us consider this particular moment; if you are able to perceive your environment with total awareness then you are fully conscious.

But during our day we often go through phases where we are not fully awake, it could be when you are daydreaming, obsessed with a particular thought, immersed in your favorite music, etc.

In all the above-mentioned activities we are experiencing a different mind state than the normal fully awake state, so it could be said that your consciousness varied during those times.

Now, those were just a slight variation of mind state which we all experience frequently. The degree to which we perceive things properly using our 5 senses decides the quality of our consciousness.

Sleeping is a highly altered state of consciousness because when we are asleep we are least aware of the sensory information, that doesn’t always mean that we are not having any experience during that state because we do dream while sleeping.

So, one easy way to know if your consciousness is altered is to check if you are able to properly perceive your surroundings using your five senses, if you doubt it even a little then there are high chances that your consciousness might have altered.

Escaping the Reality

It is true that many people become too obsessed with the things/method that alters their state of consciousness because it helps them to experience the world in a different way from normal (often in an exalted manner).

Use of psychedelics is the most popular way for doing this. In fact, there indeed is a big reason why people get so attracted to these drugs and it is none other than to escape reality.

There are also many other good/bad methods they use for doing this like hypnosis, binaural beats, alcohol and a lot more other stuff that enables them to mess up with their mind’s normal working which temporarily helps them to run away from reality.

Meditation

Meditation is a totally different process from what I have discussed above because rather than making you escape reality it shows you the true nature of everything. The alerted state of consciousness that one experiences during deep meditations often help one to have profound insights that could be life changing.

See, whenever a person uses the other methods he gets to an altered consciousness state and then comes back with dissatisfaction. He craves for those experiences over and over because that gives him a temporary relief from his life issues.

On the other hand, when a person meditates, he wakes up with a satisfaction and he becomes more alert than before, sometimes this shift in perception leads to the end of his miseries.

Unlike the trance states that many other methods assure, it is not necessary that you will have that type of intense experiences with meditation, but with regular practice, you will definitely be able to improve your mind states to a great extent.

I would recommend you insight meditation as I have practiced it for a long time and it has helped me immensely to reach deep relaxed mind states.

 

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Yoni Mudra Method, Meditation and Benefits

Yoni is a Sanskrit word which means uterus/womb, this mudra got the name Yoni Mudra because it makes the practitioner detached from the worldly issues like a baby in its mother’s womb.

This practice is also known by the names Bhramari pranayama and Shanmukhi mudra. Bhramari means bumble bee and it is so named since during this process, you make a gentle humming sound like a bee.

If you will practice this simple mudra regularly you will be able to protect your energy from other people’s energies and your mind will remain unaffected from the power games and emotional dramas in which others are usually involved.

Steps to Perform Yoni Mudra Method

  • Sit in a peaceful comfortable place in the lotus posture.
  • Keep your back and head straight. (You can also use a floor chair)
  • Close your ears by applying pressure with your thumbs.
  • Place your index fingers on your eyes.
  • Apply light pressure on your nostrils using your middle fingers.
  • Place your ring fingers above your upper lips and little fingers below your lower lips.

The Yoni Mudra Meditation: –

Once you have followed the above steps, practice this meditation exercise to increase the benefits of this yogic posture: –

  • Take a deep breath in and close your nostrils by pressing it with your middle fingers.
  • Pause for a few moments, release the pressure slightly by keeping the nostrils half closed and exhale gradually by making a humming sound,
  • Doing this must vibrate the different parts of your face, especially where you have kept your fingers.
  • Once you have exhaled wait for sometime before breathing in again, during this period stay completely alert and observe all the sensations and feelings in your body.

Yoni Mudra Benefits: –

  • It calms down your mind and helps you to achieve greater inner peace.
  • Balances the activities of right and left hemispheres of your brain.
  • Shields your energy from others.
  • Gives a break to your sense organs.
  • Makes you energized and rejuvenated.
  • A good tool for dealing with various mind related problems like anxiety, stress, anger, depression, etc.
  • Very helpful in enhancing the effects of meditation since one can achieve more focus using this mudra.

Tips

  • Brahmamuhurtha, the early morning time is best for doing this mudra and meditation.
  • Prefer to keep a time gap of at least 3 hours after eating.
  • Yoni mudra is very helpful when it is done with other yogic exercises.
  • Do not make a loud humming noise, but also do it in a way that it generates the vibration.

 

Here is a video I found on YouTube that demonstrates this whole process nicely: –

 

I hope you enjoyed this post, I recommended the book “Anantomy of Hatha Yoga” if you want to gain a deeper understanding of Hatha yoga (Mudra methods).

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Insight Meditation-How to Do Vipassana Meditation?

This post will inform you how to do vipassana meditation and what it is in simple words.

The vipassana meditation is probably the most famous meditation practice because it is believed that it was taught by Buddha.

Since it has been existing for more than thousands years, this practice is the basis of many other Buddhist meditation techniques.

Insight Meditation

This technique is also called as the insight meditation because the aim of this method is to make you see things “as they are”.

By saying “as they are” I am referring to the purest form of any entity that you observe.

Buddha already knew what we are discovering nowadays that all our sense of reality is based on the information received by our mind when it was getting developed.

In other words, our perception of reality is completely dependent on the beliefs, concepts and ideas present in our subconscious mind.

So, what we think as “reality” is created by our minds by filtering the actual information that is received by our senses and that’s why every person’s experience of a same event varies.

The purpose of this technique is to make us realize that our pleasure and pain is not created by what happens in our lives instead it is the result of our reactions towards it.

These reactions are spontaneous which arises from the beliefs present in our subconscious mind so, we don’t have any direct control over it, and in fact we are not even aware when it happens.

Being observant of the body sensations allows us to break through the walls created by our minds and to see the world without “judgments”. It is said that when a person learns to see (perceive) the existence in its purest form he stops creating suffering

What Are the Benefits of Vipassana Meditation Technique?

We all are unconsciously carrying the baggage of miseries created by our pasts and that blocks us from experiencing the inner peace.

When a person practices vipassana meditation all the emotions that he has suppressed comes into his attention and thus gives him an opportunity to release it.

Unconditional love, joy and peace can be achieved using this ancient practice.

Steps to Perform Vipassana Meditation

I would strongly advise you to attend the proper vipassana retreats which makes you to go through 10 hour meditation session everyday day for 10 continuous days, it actually allows you to experience the peace which you would have never felt before.

-Sit in cross legged position (lotus posture), if you have trouble sitting cross-legged then you can prefer to sit in a chair but make sure to keep your spine erect.

-Observe your natural breathing pattern without making any conscious effort to breathe. (You don’t have to regulate your breathing like in the various breathing meditations)

-Place your attention on any physical effect that is produced by the breathing activity, most commonly belly’s raising and falling is chosen for this purpose.

-Once you start to observe your belly’s action while breathing you will find your mind wandering every now and then, whenever this happens just label your mind activity and then continue with the meditation.

For instance, if you find yourself imagining something label it “imagining” and then bring your focus back to the sensations produced by breathing in your body.

-Final step is to continue to practice this meditation in your day to day activities by observing the sensations produced in your body due to various activities, like the temperature/pressure your foot feels when it touches the floor while walking or the taste of different ingredients in your food etc.

The only way to achieve true inner peace is to become a consciously aware person and using this simple practice you can definitely learn to become more conscious.

After this practice your next right step could be practicing mindfulness in your various day to day activities, to know more on this check out my post-Simple Mindfulness Exercises for Beginners–Achieve More Inner Peace

 

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What Is Meditation and How to Do It-In Simple Terms

In this post I am going to explain what is meditation and show you a simple method using which you could perform it even if you have never done it before.

Unlike earlier, meditation has become very popular nowadays, especially due to many new studies that are illuminating the benefits of meditation.

With popularity, myths and misconceptions about this process has also increased.

People have formed their own opinions about meditation and these false notions have become a huge barrier in the path of spiritual progress of this generation.

It is quite obvious – How can a person do something if he is unsure about what is he trying to do?

Another thing that makes me sad is that people have so many speculative judgments about meditation, many a times I have been viewed as a weird guy when I talk about it in front of my friends. Well, I don’t really mind that because for me being “weird” is a natural state whereas what we consider “normal” is actually a mask that people wear to fit into the society.

It is easy to form an opinion about this process, but if you are someone who genuinely wants to know about meditation then I do have something so simple and basic to share which might help you.

Meditation

What is the most essential thing to know about meditation is that it is not a “concept” or “belief” which you can understand using your logical mind instead it is a natural state which can be only be experienced.

This might sound so simple but that’s the truth – Meditation is the state of being completely present in the moment.

What being present in the “now” moment means is to get free of the “self talks” and become attentive to what you are doing right now.

So, a kid playing hide and seek being fully involved in the game is experiencing deeper meditation than a person sitting in lotus posture in Himalayas with his mind saying “yes I am meditating!”.

Purpose of meditation is to maintain the state of “thoughtless awareness”, where you are so intensely focused in the “Now” moment that thoughts ceases to exist there.

It is all about being aware of the present moment and that’s why I promote mindfulness exercises.

A Simple Meditation Technique for Everyone

As I have discussed above, we will just try to become more present in the moment by doing this without aiming for any “special state”.

When it comes to meditation, there is no destination to reach.

The thoughtless awareness state to which I referred earlier is not any future event for which you have to strive; it is something which happens automatically when you are highly alert of your inner happenings.

Your meditation is successful even if you get to stay there for 10-20 seconds during the whole session (don’t keep track of time; I am just using an example).

Please don’t form a conclusion that you have to stop your thoughts; you should never try to do that.

Your job is to be aware of your mind activity as much as possible and your attentiveness will naturally slow down the thought stream.

The Procedure

Before meditating don’t keep your stomach full, but also ensure that you are not hungry or thirsty.

Sitting in crossed legged position (lotus posture) is recommended but, you can prefer a posture that is comfortable to you, just make sure to keep your spine erect.

Now, take a few deep breaths for about 5 minutes or till you feel relaxed. Start observing your thoughts without getting actively involved in it, you will lose your alertness every now and then, but don’t regret about that because it is completely natural even for those who have meditated for years.

Try to maintain your awareness by just watching the thoughts come and go, once you will learn to maintain the heightened awareness with practice, you will fluctuate from “thoughtlessness” to “thoughts” frequently.

As a beginner, in every session it will take time for you to even discern that you are carried away by your thoughts, but your progress will be determined by how quickly you are able to become alert once again.

This doesn’t mean that you have to forcefully do it so that you can master it quickly because it is impossible master it.

There is no end to the spiritual growth unless one gets enlightened, however we can never know if there really is some state such as enlightenment until we get there. We are just doing this to safeguard our “inner peace” from the external influences.

Meditation is about surrendering not fighting; don’t make a mistake of feeling disheartened because you find yourself mesmerized by thoughts. Be happy that you at least know that your mind is highly dominated by thoughts unlike earlier when you were totally unaware of it like most people.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post. You may also be interested in knowing about the methods to increase your vibrational frequency in order to become more happy.

What are your views on meditation? Which meditation method do you like the most? I would love to hear from you, so please drop your comments before leaving. (Your email id will be safe and hidden, you can even prefer your secondary email id for commenting)

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Meditation Techniques for Concentration-Sharpen Your Focus

The busy life of people in today’s world trains them to be multitasking; in fact the one who is good at doing many tasks at a time is most admired. Alas, there is a very common by-product of multitasking which is “stress”.

People who keep their mind engaged in too many tasks actually find it hard to focus on a single work and where there is lack of focus there is lack of quality.

That’s why I am going to discuss a few meditation techniques for concentration here using which you can improve your focus.

Growth and improvement is possible only when a person trains his mind to be completely active in the task in which he is presently involved.

Students also require a high level of concentration in order to perform better.With improved ability to concentrate a person can get better in any of his skills.

You can  increase your concentration by practicing a few meditation methods so, lets look at those techniques that can help you to get a better control of your mind.

Tratak Meditation Method

Tratak meditation is the most appropriate practice to increase your ability to concentrate. There are many types of tratak meditations like inner tratak, tratak on a black dot, candle tratak and mirror tratak etc.

All these forms of tratak meditation makes the practitioner to fix his focus on a single point and to keep his mind free of thoughts.

Initially it is very difficult to escape from the heavy traffic of thoughts but, gradually with practice you become very good at avoiding the mind chatter and thus you gain more concentration.

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness meditation is a way to bring your attention completely to the present moment. Unlike other meditation methods this one is a anytime and anywhere practice.

One of the simplest methods to be mindful is when you are amidst of doing something,just pause and take 10 conscious breaths and then continue. Doing this resets your mind and enables you to get aware of the present moment, it also breaks the chain of any kind of unproductive thinking in which your mind was engaged before.

Since, mindfulness improves your ability to focus on the present moment by clearing the thoughts of past or future, it helps you to get immersed completely in your current task.

Chanting Mantra Meditation

I am including this meditation here because I find it easy to stop my mind chatter for longer periods when I am meditating on my own voice.

Chanting mantra meditation requires you to choose any mantra or positive affirmation and repeat it while focusing on the sound. Doing this makes you to shift your conscious attention from saying the mantra to hearing it. (The first time I realized what being an inner observer was while doing this meditation, when you do this meditation you can observe that the action of “speaking” is handled by your subconscious mind when you put your conscious attention on hearing your own voice)

Chanting “OM” mantra is most recommended, but you can choose whatever is convenient for you.

This post was based on just a single benefit that meditation could offer but actually, it can improve your life in innumerable ways.

 

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How to Deal with Psychic Vampires-Cutting Chords Meditation

In this post I am going to share with you some ideas that will teach you how to deal with psychic vampires.

Such people are also called energy vampires because they feed on your positive energy you can find them everywhere-your house, workplace, parties, gyms, markets, shopping malls and wherever you go.

These type of people can come to you and suck your energy before you could even know, they not only drag you into a negative emotional state but they also affect your aura-unless you know how to consciously clear their affect by meditating or using any other spiritual method.

Who Are These People?

A simple definition of energy vampire would be-People who constantly dwell in extreme negative states and their energy is so contagious that they can affect anyone’s aura within few seconds.

These people are the ones who have a very bad perspective about the world and they are highly driven by their ego. Due to the childhood programming or because of unfair events these people have developed a very bad picture of the world in their mind and they are finding evidences to validate it in every moment.

Unfortunately, these type of people are spiritually underdeveloped and they have totally forgotten their true nature. They have formed a very pitiful self image and they keep on feeding it by getting involved in destructive self talks.

Such people carry a very negative energy around them and they have the ability to pull others into destructive talks which in turn lowers other people’s energy as well. Sometimes such people can affect your energy by just being present around you.

Few Ways to Detect Them

One of the common characteristics of such people is that they love to complain and talk about what is wrong with the world, they are very good at pulling others into such negative talks, they run away from any kind of good discussion or spiritual talks.

These lower energy people often make fun of spiritual people and such wisdom because they unconsciously fear such higher energies.

How to Protect Yourself from Negative Energy People?

Before thinking about safety we must first concentrate on recognizing such people, be aware of your energy and emotional state. Without even talking to them you can identify such lower energy people by keeping a watch on your feelings.

Whether let it be a place filled with lower vibrations or people with deleterious vibes, your feelings will tell you. Just move away from people or places where you feel bad…with NO exceptions, just discard what makes you unhappy!

You have the choice to keep yourself away from such people, even if it is not possible to avoid them you can still choose to be detached from their talks or you can keep your energy unaffected by consciously deciding to not participate with them in such talks. When your energy stays unaffected from theirs then they will automatically start to avoid you.

Cutting Chords Meditation

When I opted for Christie Marie Sheldon’s love or above program I came to know that we all form unconscious energy chords with people whom we come in contact with, these chords affect our energy in accordance with the other person’s emotional state.

This is the reason why energy vampires drains us energy wise, we unconsciously form chords with them which keeps our energy in a lower state.

Christie, in her course offers a meditation which is called as cutting chords meditation using which we can detach ourselves from such energy draining chords.

 

So, be sure to be in good company always because the quality of people you choose affects you in a much deeper level then what’s visible and make sure to keep a distance from people who don’t hold a good opinion about the world.

You can visit the love or above product page here about which I was talking in the above post, even if you don’t decide to buy that product I recommend you to sign up and download the free energy breakthrough kit.

 

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