I have ADD and it was not easy for me to concentrate long enough to “get into” that meditative state. I had to use tools to learn how to do it effectively. One of those tools was the book and accompanying audio “Getting in the Gap” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. It made me understand I didn’t need to sit lotus style for hours with a blank mind to benefit from meditation. I had it all wrong. You are going to have thoughts pop in and out. It’s about consciously residing in that “space between” one thought and the next. This audio meditation will teach you how to move from one thought, to the next then back to that space.
Another thing that helped me immensely was having a routine. I meditate at the same time each day. I use the same music. I also have a ritual I do with sage and grounding that ques my mind that meditation is about to happen. Kinda like when you do a bedtime routine or warming up before working out. Your body knows it is preparing to do this one thing and responds accordingly. After doing this repeatedly, now with one specific song intro and the smell of sage, I can instantly be in the theta brain state. You can train your mind the same way.
My last piece of advice is this – don’t stress over not being in what you think is the “meditative” state of mind or that you’re not doing it long enough. You’re going to have thoughts arise and that’s ok. If you’re having problems staying in the empty space, that’s ok too. The point is, ALL meditation is beneficial, no matter the length of time. With a repetitive routine, your mind and body will know meditation is supposed to happen and it will naturally go there. So, get the book, establish a routine and enjoy the peace found in the space between!
Back in October, my friend Julie and I went to a local arts and crafts fair – where we found the jewel I’ll share with you today. Chris Ferree is a Cherokee musician and NAMA nominated artist who’s studio is in Shelby, NC. I had been looking for some more native american flute music to mediate with because the flutes and drums raise your vibration.
Lo & behold — there’s Chris’ tent, playing his beautiful, relaxing music! He had several CDs for sale. Some were very relaxing, some were upbeat. All were beautifully done and perfect for meditation. You may hear his music as background music for future guided meditations I plan on doing for you guys. But I don’t want you to wait that long to benefit from Chris’ music! Click to visit CD Baby, where you can listen to samples and pick up one of his CD’s.
For upbeat music around the house, I play “Invocation”. It’s “influenced by Robert Mirabal, Bill Miller, and Mary Youngblood, among others. ‘Invocation’ is rooted in the traditional, while balancing on the edges of world and classical.” For relaxation & mediation, I play his compilation CD “Walk Between Worlds”. “This CD is filled with eclectic visual arrangements and signature flute that will carry the listener to another place and once there, you will want to stay for a while.” Yes, you will. An no matter which album you choose, you can’t go wrong. It’s like chocolate and bacon–it’s all good : )
For the inaugural post in my Meditation Monday series and working alongside my recent manifestation post, I couldn’t think of a better choice than Dr. Joe Gallenberger’s Abundance Waterfall and Liquid Luck meditations. I’ve listened to these on a regular basis for three years now and it’s still one of my favorites. Joe’s soothing voice combined with the Monroe Institute’s hemisync technology make it easy to relax and imagine a waterfall cascading over you, imbuing you with all the good things you want to bring into your life.
Joe has dedicated his life to studying the universal principles of manifestation. Dr. Gallenberger is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience as a therapist. He knew personally and worked closely with Robert Monroe (founder of the Monroe Institute). Joe co-developed the institute’s very successful MC2 (Manifestation and Creation Squared) program. In other words, this guy knows his manifestation stuff! Another cool fact about Joe is that he’s a local guy! Well, local to me, anyway. He’s based in Hendersonville, NC.
In addition to Abundance Waterfall, I also have Joe’s Liquid Luck meditation, which has been tested (IN VEGAS!!) with impressive results. I can honestly report, after listening to this for a time, I saw results. I was living on a 30 acre farm, where I walked the entire property at least twice a week for the four years I had lived there. I knew every inch of that place – or at least thought I did! In a nutshell, Liquid Luck trains you to recognize and attract patterns. One day, during our walk, I noticed a particular patch of clover. Now, this is a horse farm — there’s clover EVERYWHERE! Even though I casually look for four-leaf clovers on occasion, I’m not compelled to do it. There was something about THIS patch that compelled me to look.
This patch didn’t have just one or two four leaf clovers — oh no. This entire patch was four-leaf clovers! When it was all said and done, I picked 30 four-leaf clovers! Now, I had probably walked by this patch a hundred times that summer and never noticed them. Did Liquid Luck have anything to do with me recognizing my lucky four-leaf clovers this time? I can’t say with certainty but I don’t believe in coincidences like this, so I’d like to believe it did.
If you want to get more in-depth on the science and testing behind Dr. Gallenberger’s Liquid Luck and Inner Vegas series, podcaster Jim Harold did an excellent interview with him. Jim’s interview is actually how I found Dr. Gallenberger and so many other authors I’ve purchased from. Highly recommend Jim’s podcast and his Plus Club. Tons of value!
And I hope THIS article has provided you with tons of value as well! I’m already looking forward to posting next week’s Meditation Monday installment.