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Musings of an Awakening Spirit

Stories, poetry & general musings of Rebecca Haywood, a modern-day Shaman with a penchant for bringing the divine into the human experience.

A Simple 5-Step Meditation

Meditation came alive for me when I let go of the obligation to silence my mind and instead chose to direct my mind into the meditation.

Let’s face it; the mind’s habit is to talk. It has been talking to you, at you, about you, for however many years you have been speaking. So what makes you think it is suddenly going to hush up now that you have chosen to seek inner peace?

Furthermore, your mind is an amazing tool of transformation that, when mastered, can carry you exactly where you want to go - relaxation, healing, enlightenment; take your pick.

The mastering starts with our ability to direct our attention and this should be the initial focus of any meditation - ‘beginner’ or ‘advanced’. Some guided meditations help you to do this by focusing on a mantra which is a beautifully potent tool, but...

What about focusing on the mantras that already exist in your mind? You know, those voices that you are politely shushing while you try to remember that beautiful mantra?

How about mastering your attention AND building self-awareness at the same time?

Here’s a practice I developed for myself many moons ago and which still works on days like today when my mind is a ramblin’:

1. Assume the Position: Get your body comfortable, exhale out any tension, and relax into your breath.

2. Observe your Mind: Notice the thoughts, without judgment.

3. Slow your Roll: Try to match the pace of your thoughts with your breath, creating more and more space between the thoughts.

4. Use it or Lose it: As each thought rolls through, decide whether it serves love or fear (do this swiftly, trust your choice & be ready to exhale it out on the next breath)

5. Send it: If it is a thought that serves love, silently tell it to “fly on”. If it serves fear, tell it to “roll away”. Use your breath to exhale the energy of the thought as you send it on its way.

That’s it! A simple technique, but one that will help you to gain control over your attention while building the self-awareness necessary to reach sustained transformation. With practice, the space between your thoughts will grow so vast that you land in that coveted sweet spot of Nirvana.

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