Meditation

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Do you consider yourself a spiritual person? What does faith or mindfulness mean to you? This is the place to explore your soulful side and the mind/body connection.

Meditation

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Madonna does it every day. Katie Perry swears by it. Meditation literally dissolves stress. It  allows you to calm down, chill out and feel totally cool.

The ideal is to practise 20 minutes twice a day but as little as 10 minutes a day will have a great effect on your central nervous system and brain, reduce your stress and enhance your wellbeing. No matter what age, Body Type or mental, physical or emotional status you present, meditation has no bad side effects and delivers the best high you can get. It's a GirlForce-boosting practice that will bring contentment, happiness, serenity, self-esteem and confidence into your life.

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OM Meditation is for Everyone

The mantra, or sacred word meditation is a snack. All you have to do is repeat a sacred word internally for up to 20 minutes, definitely once, even better twice a day. How easy is that?

Mantras vary according to the particular practice you follow, but of all the mantras in the Ayurvedic tradition, the most universal is 'OM'. This is the mantra used within the GirlForce Meditation Practice.

Instructions

Sit in a comfortable, upright position, either sitting cross-legged on the floor or in a chair with a straight back that supports your spine. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. Once you hear the sounds, recognise them and let them gently drift away, one by one, like clouds drifting through a clear, blue sky.

  • Once you've let go of your awareness of the outside sounds direct your focus inwards and begin repeating the mantra OM internally. OM is pronounced 'aum'. (According to ancient Indian texts OM is the mystical syllable that contains the sound that created the universe). Simply allow the mantra to find its own natural rhythm. It does not have to synchronise with your breathing.
  • Keep your eyes closed for 20 minutes, repeating the mantra. If your mind wanders - it will do, especially when you're strung out - gently bring it back to the mantra. It's not a test to see how much you can stick to the mantra. Be gentle with yourself and allow the mantra to come and go naturally and effortlessly in your awareness. You may set a clock to ring after 20 minutes but most people find they rouse themselves from meditation around this time.
  • Keep your eyes closed and slowly begin to awaken your body, wriggling your toes and fingers and bring your awareness back to your body and the room. Open your eyes gradually. Get up from your chair or sitting position slowly. It is best for the first few minutes after meditation not to expose yourself to any loud sounds, very bright light, strong odours or strenuous activity.

As you can see from the meditation instructions (above) there's nothing tricky about meditation. Even if you experience nothing but mind-chatter during meditation, (planning the party next week, worrying about what your teacher will say about your latest essay, working out your shopping list) you are still meditating. A 'good' meditation is one that you do!

You will discover when you meditate that as you repeat the mantra it starts to come and go in your awareness, becoming more and more subtle. Where once it was a concrete thought in the form of a word, it soon becomes quite subtle and abstract until it is left behind altogether and the mind becomes perfectly still.

If, during meditation, you become aware that you are thinking, falling asleep or losing the mantra the best thing to do is to go back to the pattern of repeating the mantra and gently continue with the practice.

"For heaps more tips on meditation plus instructions on how to perform the amazing Sacred Chakra meditation, click on the book cover for, "GirlForce: A Girl's Guidebook for the Body and Soul" - it’s the book cover second from the top on the right."

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