In March of this year I wrote a post listing what I thought to be the ten best ways to meditate. Today I discovered two more! In a previous post I also stated that meditation is a wonderful way to tap into the wisdom of God. Joshua, King David and many others used this technique in the Bible as they meditated on God’s Word. Meditation is like a thorough cleansing of the mind of all trash, clamor and disturbance. It allows our minds to be cleaned and refreshed.
King James Version (KJV)
26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
This is why meditating the word of God is so awesome; we are being cleansed by the Word of God and the very process of meditation!
|Ephesians 5:25-27In I John 1:7, the apostle writes that we are cleansed by the blood of the Lamb. But the cleansing found here in Ephesians 5:26 is of a different kind. Hebrews 9:22 says, “Almost all things are purged by blood.” Almost all but not everything is. There are some things that must be purged in another way.Ephesians 5:26 tells us that we are cleansed “with the washing of water by the word.” There are things that will be cleansed—things in our minds, things that deal with conduct, things that have to do with character and attitude—that are cleansed by water. The word “water” here is symbolic, referring to the Word of God, as well as to the Holy Spirit.
With meditation comes a slight shift in our perspective, a detachment if you will, that allows us to get a different point of view! We awaken from our hypnotic lull from a constricted sense of self to a more expanded one! Repetition brings about unconsciousness. We must wake up! When we practice detachment but are sure of our choices and intention we discover a new world! Here are the two new ways that I discovered today and I hope that you will try them yourself. YOUR EATING MEDITATION 1. Before you pick up your food, take a couple of deep breaths to allow your body and mind to settle. 2. Look at your food. Think about where it comes from. Try to imagine the different ingredients in their original form and even the types of people who looked after the crops or animals. 3. Without going on a guilt trip, appreciate the fact that you actually have food on your plate. This will bring the feeling of thankfulness that is at the heart of a meaningful mindfulness practice. 4. If you’re going to eat the food with your hands, notice its temperature, colors, and texture as you pick it up. When you move it to your mouth, shift your focus to the aroma and taste. 5. Notice how your mind responds. Do you like what you’re eating? Do you wish it were sweeter, saltier, a little less spicy? Are you comparing it to previous meals? 6. Take a few deep breaths before you finish and leave the table. Remind yourself of how the plate looked when it was full and how it looks now. When you focus on your food, you’re less likely to overeat and consume things that don’t truly nourish you. YOUR SLEEPING MEDITATION 1. Call to mind the first moment of your day. Now, as if your brain has been set to a gentle “fast-forward,” simply watch as you replay the events of your day in order. Take about three minutes to do this. 2. You’ll be tempted to get caught up on one thing in particular. This is normal, but it’s not helpful to get involved in deep thinking at this time of night. 3. Now bring your focus to your body. Mentally scan from head to toe, observing any tension as well as the parts that feel relaxed. Try not to attach thoughts to the sensations—just feel them. 4. Next, place your attention on your left foot and imagine that you’re just switching it off for the night. You can even repeat the word “off” in your mind. Work your way slowly up to your ankle, calf, and thigh, and when you get to your pelvis, pause before starting on your right. 5. Then, continue to “switch off” the rest of your body: Your torso, down through your arms, hands and fingers, and up through the throat, neck, face and head. 6. Chances are you have fallen asleep by this point, but if you haven’t, take a moment to enjoy the sensation of being free of tension. You’re now primed for deep sleep. I believe in meditation one size does not fit all.
Holly C. Corbitt suggests in a recent article that I read that meditation techniques can be paired with personality types. She states: If you’re artsy…light a candle. “Concentrating on a flame can be a good way for visual types to stay in the moment,” says McLean. Sit three feet from a flame at eye level, and watch it closely for five to 10 minutes. Continue to bring your attention back to the flame every time you notice your focus starting to drift away. If you’re a foodie…savor each bite. Focus on a small morsel, such as a raisin, strawberry, or nut, and notice its shape, size, color, texture, and smell. Place it on your tongue, enjoying the flavor and keeping it in your mouth for as long as you can, at least 20 seconds. Chew slowly. “By turning your focus inward and concentrating on sensations such as taste and smell, eating can feel like a new, exciting experience,” says McLean. If you’re athletic…take a hike. Try walking for 10 minutes without the iPod. As you stroll (no rushing!), stare at the ground about three feet in front of you. Notice the sound of your breath, focus on the physical sensation of the air on your skin, observe the texture of the ground in front of you. “Over time, walking meditations can train your brain to better focus on the here and now,” McLean says. If you’re a word lover…find a mantra. Sometimes your mind just needs a place to rest. Repeating calming words can give your mind that opportunity to chill. Find a quiet place and sit with your back straight but not rigid. Set a timer for 10 to 15 minutes, and repeat words that will help settle—rather than stimulate—your mind. Try saying “Let” on an inhale and “go” on an exhale, either out loud or silently to yourself. “It can help interrupt the monologue in your head and naturally settle down your thinking process,” says McLean.