Learn To Meditate

Here Is All You Need To Learn To Meditate

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Learn To Meditate

Learn To Meditate

There is a lot of information that follows about meditation. Knowing what meditation is and what it isn’t will help you to bring the valuable tool of meditation into your life. I have heard too many people proclaim, “Meditation doesn’t work for me. I can’t clear my mind.”
As you read through this information, you will discover:
1. Meditation is not about being able to sit with a quiet mind. If that were the case, few would be able to meditate.
2. Anyone can learn to meditate.
3. Regular practice of meditation will help to strengthen the same “muscles” that are used in the practice of mindfulness.

The intent of the Learn To Meditate track, found at the bottom of this page,  is to help you relearn the natural skill of relaxation. Somewhere between childhood and adulthood, many of us forget how to dial back the stimulation of the outside world to access the deep peace that resides within us. Feeling relaxed is not dependent on our external world meeting certain criteria. Rather, it is a state of being that is available to us through our own means. Learn To Meditate can help you access that peace.

Meditation Takes Practice 

As with the learning of any skill, you will achieve best results when you practice with Learn To Meditate on a regular basis. Professional basketball players routinely practice free-throws in the relative quiet of their home gyms so that the skill becomes second nature under the pressure of a game. In the same way, by regularly practicing relaxation skills in the quiet and safety of your own environment, you’ll be better able to call on the mind-quieting and stress reducing technique when experiencing distress in the world.

The Learn To Meditate track is approximately 20 minutes long. It provides structure and detailed instruction. Good results have been reported by people who complete the full track, at least, once a day. If you can schedule two sessions per day, you are likely to realize even better results.

Relaxing Can Increase Anxiety

Paradoxically, some people report feeling an increase in anxiety when first learning to meditate. If this occurs for you, give yourself permission to cut your practice sessions short. As your mind grows accustomed to the sensation of relaxation, you are likely to find that increasing the length of each session is possible until you are able to complete the entire track.
The Learn To Meditate audio track is intended to be used in a safe, controlled environment. Do not listen to it while driving or engaging in any other activity that requires your being alert and attentive.
The Learn To Meditate audio track is not intended to replace the counsel or guidance of a mental health professional. If your anxiety and/or depression persist or worsen, consult your mental health professional.

Not A Sleep Aid

This track is not intended to be a sleep aid. Training the mind to relax while in an awake and alert state is quite different from relaxing with the intent of falling asleep. The brain wave responses of the sleeping brain vs. an actively relaxing brain are very different. If you practice meditation in the evening, it is best to meditate at least 2-3 hours before you plan to go to sleep. For help in using meditation -like techniques to help you sleep, visit Sleep Hygiene.

The ultimate goal is for you to learn the technique so that you can call upon it, without the need for the audio track, when you encounter stressful situations or when you, simply, wish to bring on the relaxation response.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to meditate, now is your chance. There is a lot of information about meditation on these pages. Meditation is a hugely beneficial practice that you can easily add to your program of self-care. You will achieve maximum results if you take the time to educate yourself about meditation. There are many misconceptions about meditation that can interfere with your experience and negatively impact the results you achieve. Please take the time to read this information before attempting the meditation exercise.

1.  Click on the link and follow the instructions to creating your personalized mantra.

2. Review the Meditation Skills Check List  by Lorin Roche, PhD. He offers some useful tips for adjusting your expectations of and attitudes toward meditation that will help to make your meditation effective and enjoyable.

3. When you are ready to begin your meditation, start the audio recording, below, to listen to it from here or follow this link to Dropbox. There, you can either listen to the Learn To Meditate audio recording or download it to your device and listen anytime. I have been having some technical issues with this. It may or may not play for you. I’m working on it.

Happy meditating. Please contact me with any questions or if you experience any problems accessing the Learn To Meditate audio.





Additional reading:

Recent Harvard Study on the effects of meditation on the brain: Harvard Unveils MRI Study Proving Meditation Literally Rebuilds The Brain’s Gray Matter In 8 Weeks



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