Most of you are well aware by now, that a regular meditation practice brings you tons of amazing benefits. Have you found a meditation that works for you, yet? Have you found it challenging to start?
I have reached out to the best meditation teachers around the world for advise to help you get into flow … Even if you are an experienced meditator, find below a valuable collection of ‘meditation hacks’ … Here we go!
“One tip that I would pass on is to not expect total stillness in your meditation. The mere fact alone that you are getting a quiet mind will lead to a quiet body which will unlock stress, which will generate thoughts in the mind.
So still minds in meditation is almost unachievable due to the nature of unlocking stress.”
Tom Cronin, Meditation Teacher and Founder of The Stillness Project, Australia
“Meditation is like any other skill. It takes the right technique, a good teacher and a bit of practice. Don’t give up or get frustrated if you don’t already magically know how to meditate. There is so much misinformation out there. The best way to learn how to meditate is face to face from a well trained teacher that you trust and respect. This way you can become self sufficient and practice anywhere, anytime. If you don’t have access to a teacher face to face, there are a growing number of online courses that are a nice way to get started. Take the time to learn for real.
After all, this is your brain we are talking about.”
“Meditation is not about WHAT you focus on. It’s about HOW you focus on it. Your attitude matters. So whatever you’re noticing, give it warmth, kindness and compassion. Be kind to your sadness. Care for your breathing. Be friendly to feelings of fear.”
“Tip #1 from the KISS meditation – Connect with partner meditation. Did you know that meditation isn’t always done alone? The ancient secrets of Tantra teach how to create better relationships and more self love through sharing the meditation with a partner. The KISS meditation creates compassion and empathy and deeper understanding by producing more Oxytocin. Oxytocin is called “the love and bonding hormone” because it changes the brain chemistry to be in a happier, more relaxed state of feeling safe, secure and loved. One of the main reasons we meditate is to get out of fight or flight and stress mode of modern living where our adrenal glands are continually overstimulated and fatigued. KISS helps you to be present to your partner and yourself by creating the 3-part hand, heart and eye connection exercise. When you connect, you remember that you are not alone. You can do the KISS meditation on the Compassion Friendship level, the Bonding Love level and also on the Eros Erotic level. To learn more go to: www.PsalmIsadora.com
Psalm Isadora, Tantra, Meditation and Yoga Expert, Los Angeles
“My top meditation hack #1 tip is simple but powerful, and that is to LOVE silence. Literally fall in love with being silent and being “in” silence. Take moments in your day to just worship, adore and surrender to silence. Silence has a power, a frequency, a nurturing and soothing vibration, that gets into your head and heart and helps melt away everything that stops you from connecting to the deepest part of your soul. When you simply become a huge fan of bathing in the glorious empowering waters of silence, it will start working its magic on your soul effortlessly and fill you with light, love and peace. Silence is to the soul what water is to the body, essential! Think about what happens when you don’t drink water! And know that your soul needs silence in the same way, for you to feel rejuvenated, limitlessly enthusiastic and deeply at peace with yourself and the world.”
Mahima Lucille Klinge, Meditation Teacher and Founder of LoveSilence.com, Switzerland
“Meditation is a tool just like yoga, tai chi, wrenches and hammers. It is used in conjunction with something else in order to fulfill a function. My best meditation hack advice is to understand why you are meditating in the first place. What and why are you trying to hack? There are many types of meditation and for each of us there will be different meditations that we resonate with. Sometimes we change regularly as we outgrow one or the other techniques and some people will use one technique for many years with great results. It is important to know why you are meditating so you know when you are making progress or not. So, the next questions would be, what is progress in meditation? How can you know if you are successful if you don’t know what you are using the tool for? We must understand the purpose of meditation and for each of us that reason will be different. For some it will be for clarity and relaxation, for me, the purpose of meditation is to attain total awakening as in Buddhahood, which is a Sanskrit word from the root budh, to awaken. This means to become completely conscious, consciousness aware of itself, free from suffering. There are many ways to describe this and many levels to getting there. There are also many tools to get there. It is a personal process of which only you hold the key. These are my meditation hack questions to ask yourself:
- Why am I meditating?
- How has my mind, behavior and happiness level changed since I’ve been meditating?
- Is this meditation working for me?
And down the rabbit hole to Buddhahood you go.
The Buddha (Awakened One) is not a religious myth, he was a living man who understood that what he saw in his life was not necessarily all there was and he sought out to uncover life’s biggest questions like you and I are. Who am I? What is my purpose? You have all the answers. You are the ultimate hacker because you are the creator. You are a computer that is hacking it’s own data base. What you are reading right now is coming from your data base—it’s all you.”
Julie Upton, Buddhism and Meditation Teacher, Pilgrimage Guide for traveling in the footsteps of the Siddhartha Gautama, The Buddha in Northern India and Nepal. Founder of Middle Way Tours and Activate Happiness, Germany/Nepal
“My #1 tip for opening up more during your practice is: to be still right where you are. Sometimes we ask, “why can’t I open more, why can’t I go more deeply?” Breathe in mindfully, as mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that you will pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgment or self-admonishment. Sending more breath to the heart chakra, as you focus there, will replenish the heart with self-love and more breath. This opens the heart and eases the mind. By focusing attention to the heart and less attention (if possible) to the desire to go deeper, you will immediately go deeper and more fully into each successive practice.”
Michelle Courtney Berry, Healer, Speaker and Meditation Teacher, Founder of Life Flow Plan, ™(TM) Working Well, one day at a time.® and CEO of Courtney Consulting Enterprises, New York
“Don’t use a timer or stopwatch to track your meditation. Instead use a digital clock app on your phone that you can see clearly without straining, especially in darker rooms, and give yourself permission to glance at the time as often as you have the inclination to do so. This will result in your body’s internal clock learning what 10 or 20 minutes feels like in meditation, which means ultimately you won’t need to monitor the clock as much, if at all. You’ll just start to know when meditation time is up.”
“My #1 tip is mantra meditation. A mantra can help you open the doorway to a deeper understanding of yourself and the laws of nature. Mantra comes from ancient Sanskrit and can be literally translated as ‘instrument of thought.’ The most basic mantra is Om (Aum), which in Hinduism is known to be the source of all mantras. Om is believed to be the primordial or the ‘first’ sound of the universe generated by the cosmic vibration that resulted in all creation (think Big Bang). The Bible also says … the beginning came from the word. Just like our thoughts, words are a form of energy, which is quite evident in their palpable frequency and vibrations. Words carry within them the seeds of creation and are a powerful force for bringing into existence that which only exists in the ethereal plane. Any verse from the holy texts like the Bible, Quran, Adi Granth, Vedas, Upanishads, Yoga Sutra and others is considered powerful enough to be repeated to great effect, and can be used for mantra meditation. Once you have decided upon the mantra to use for your meditation, begin your session with observing a minute of silence with closed eyes and then start chanting the mantra gently for 10-15 minutes.”
Dr. Bhushan Bhavsar, President of World Ayurveda Health Organization and Managing Director of Herbal Consultants, India
“In the case of using meditation to improve sports performance, the goal of the practice is actually visualization. Focusing the mind on the sports activity and the physical accomplishment can help improve the way that the body reacts when it is time to actually perform the activity. To go deeper into meditation I train athletes to visualize an “entrance” type situation – i.e. Tunnel going into basketball court, soccer pitch, football field. Or the walk a golfer or tennis player has to go to start, etc. Visualizing is about reaching the goal so I teach envisioning the results and how to get there step by step. When visualization is combined with physical practice, personal performance improves over time.”
“Meditation, for me, is almost an addiction rather than an option. Whenever possible, be it for 2 minutes or an hour, I take the opportunity to zone out from this world. I mean that literally, at least in the way I experience it.
Here’s how I meditate. I make myself comfortable, whether sitting up or lying down, and close my eyes. I visualize myself leaving this body and going into space, where the world spins playfully in my palms. I can no longer feel the boundaries of my physical self. I am light, very light. I am one with the Universe… no thought or problem can disturb me, and I stay there—losing all sense of time—until I feel I have to come back.
It is also the space where understanding dawns, forgiveness blossoms in the heart, friendships are made, and healing occurs. As you are bathed in the essence of the Infinite, you may even lose the need to breathe. Yet you will feel more alive than you have ever been. You may lose yourself… only to find the real You.”
Suchanda Bhattacharjee, Dreamcatcher and Longtime Meditator, India
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