For this meditation I want you to choose something you want to manifest. I always recommend having this idea in mind before you sit down for practice so you don’t interrupt the spiritual journey, but don’t hold it so tightly that you can’t relax your mind.
Remember - your mind needs an anchor. Just as your body needs a seat in order to settle into this moment, so does your mind. And just as in previous practices, this anchor will be your inflowing and outgoing breath.
As you focus on your breathing, pay attention to the way it feels on your upper lip, the way it flows in and out of your nostrils. If you find your mind wandering, bring it back to your breath.
It’s important to use this anchor of your breath. Keep your attention focused there in order to practice the state of equanimity we’ve discussed before, but it’s interesting to note where your mind wanders during meditation.
Is there a pattern to your thoughts? Do you find yourself focusing on the same emotional and physical reactions?
All of these distractions - even something as simple as your feet falling asleep - are worth noting, especially if there is a pattern of reactivity. Acknowledge and note this discomfort, note how you want to react, and then bring your attention back to your breath.
This is the work we put in during meditation. We are training our minds to be neutral, to detach our ego from all that we’ve experienced, and break the chain of attachment and aversion that traps us in negative thinking patterns.
This humble work of practicing holding a single point of concentration in your mind is the key to this meditative practice, and the key to unlocking the subconscious patterns we all fall victim to in our daily lives. Please find a comfortable space to sit and relax as you join me in this meditation.
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