OBSTACLES TO MEDITATION

IF YOU ARE PRACTICING A SPECIFIC MEDITATION DISCIPLINE AND YOUR TEACHER TELLS YOU TO DO THINGS IN A SPECIFIC WAY THEN DO THAT.

OTHERWISE, GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK

AND CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING 10 STEPS:

1.    DON’T WORRY ABOUT TRYING TO “STILL YOUR MIND” OR YOUR EMOTIONS,FEELINGS,BODY PARTS, ETC.

2.    PRACTICE SOME CONSCIOUS BREATHS (REFER TO PAGE ON “CONSCIOUS BREATH”)

3.    CONTINUE CONSCIOUS BREATHING (SOMETIMES CALLED INTENTIONAL BREATHING)

4.    NOTICE YOUR THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, BODY.

5.    CONTINUE CONSCIOUS INTENTIONAL BREATHING

6.    NOTICE YOUR THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, BODY

7.    CONTINUE CONSCIOUS BREATHING

8.    NOTICE EXACTLY WHERE YOU FEEL YOUR BREATHS IN YOUR BODY AND EXACTLY HOW IT FEELS IN THOSE PARTS

9.    CONTINUE CONSCIOUS BREATHING

10.    KEEP DOING CONSCIOUS, INTENTIONAL BREATHING – WITH EACH BREATH IN LET IT BE; EACH BREATH OUT LET IT GO.

REPEAT AS NEEDED.

THE SIMPLE ACT OF TAKING CONSCIOUS BREATHS AND NOTICING WHERE THEY GO AND HOW THEY FEEL IN YOUR BODY, IMMEDIATELY BRINGS ABOUT A CHANGE IN THE BODY — STRESS HORMONE PRODUCTION IS DECREASED – IMMUNE FUNCTION IS INCREASED

STRESS IMPEDES THE IMMUNE RESPONSE SO CONSCIOUS BREATHING AUTOMATICALY IMPROVES HEALTH

THE REPETITION OF THESE 10 STEPS BRINGS DEEP RELAXATION, IMPROVED HEALTH AND ULITMATELY A STATE OF MEDITATION WHERE YOU BECOME THE OBSERVER OF YOUR MIND, EMOTIONS AND BODY, WITHOUT BEING A PART OF THEM.
YOU CAN TAKE THIS TO THE SOUL – SPIRIT CONNECTION AND REST IN CALM, PEACEFUL CONSCIOUSNESS