Sunday, 21 April 2013

Meditation!

Meditation is the practice of turning your attention to a single point of reference. It can involve focusing on the breath, on bodily sensations, or on a word known as a mantra. In other words, meditation means turning your attention away from distracting thoughts and focusing on the present moment. In magic it is important to learn to meditate, as this how me open our sub conscious and that is where the magic is.

Meditation reduces your stress levels and keeps your mind sharp and focused.

A simple meditation exercise.

Find a quiet place where you won't be disturbed and practice the following exercise for several minutes each day:

Assume a comfortable posture lying on your back or sitting.

If you're sitting, keep the spine straight and let your shoulders drop.

Close your eyes if it feels comfortable.

Focus your attention on your belly, feeling it rise or expand gently as you inhale and fall or recede as you exhale.

Concentrate on your breathing, 'being with' each breath.
Every time you notice your mind has wandered off the breath, notice what it was that took you away and then gently bring your attention back to your belly and the feeling of the breath coming in and out.

If your mind wanders away from the breath, then your job is simply to bring it back to the breath every time, no matter what it has become preoccupied with.

Practice this exercise for 15 minutes at a convenient time every day, whether you feel like it or not, for one week - and see how it feels to incorporate a disciplined meditation practice into your life.
Be aware of how it feels to spend time each day just being with your breath, being 'in the moment' without having to do anything.