The law of attraction and meditation? What’s it all about?
The law of attraction and meditation, for anyone who studies these things, go hand in hand. One informs the other and vice versa. Although the law of attraction is a universal law that pervades all things and everything and everyone is subject to it, the act of meditation allows individuals to consciously interact with it, to hear its call, allowing the law of attraction to work in its most sublime and satisfying way possible, to bring about the changes they want in their life. Which means that if YOU practice the art of meditation, you too can leverage the power of the universe to have it work for you and your desires too. The law of attraction is working with you anyway, why not use it consciously to create the life you really want?
So read on and find out how this simple practice can transform your life because in this post, I am going to advocate the opposite of what many multi-millionaire motivational speakers have built their businesses on – which is taking ACTION – doing, getting out there, pounding the pavements to carve out your niche and be successful in the world.
Sounds like a lot of effort yes? Well it is! And you can become worn out from all the go-getting before you have even begun to discover why you are doing these things in the first place. You therefore become despondent, frustrated and ultimately this kind of action leads to many people giving up on their dreams and goals before they come to fruition in the false belief that what they are DOING is not working, or worse still, that they are just not supposed to achieve their goals.
Now don’t misunderstand me – I am not advocating a life of sloth either – how tedious that sounds, but I am advocating a method of sifting through the chaff to get to the wheat – some time for reflection before action so that you are sure that the actions you take will bring about the greatest benefit and leverage the energy of the universe towards manifesting your ultimate goals.
I don’t know about you but my life can get rather hectic: I love what I do and can’t wait to get up to my computer every morning and I’m still on it late at night, checking in, writing my blogs, replying to comments, updating social media, checking out new information and training, answering emails…..the list is endless.
I absolutely LOVE what this lifestyle and choice has given me and I’m so grateful that I have found a place where I can really be myself, write about the things I love and get to interact with the world!
I get so fired up and inspired to that I sometimes forget to eat, drink and sleep! I have made some wonderful friends in the process and enjoy checking in with them to learn of their successes and progress and I find my motivation is sky-high at the moment. But I also occasionally feel that this is a race that I’ve now signed up to and there’s a fear of stopping to take a breath, in case I end up getting behind.
And that’s just my work. If I add to the list the things I need to do to keep my house in order; my children in school, fed and active; and my other commitments up to date, then life starts to look like there’s never enough time. I get stressed, I try to do more and the whole thing feels like I’m on a hamster wheel.
So why write a post suggesting we ‘slow down’ and meditate?
It’s because I believe that meditation is the best thing we can do in any given circumstance and we all need to stop over-thinking things once in a while and instead, allow the mind to FOCUS INWARDLY: to quiet your mind and ensure that all the motivated, pumped-up actions we’re taking are those that will propel us further down the road, rather than have us carve out a small (large) rut in the road and we all end up going nowhere! Worse still, we turn around and head in the opposite direction of our dreams.
Sometimes the ‘fear of being left behind’ attitude means we get too caught up in the excitement-bandwagon of life and before we know it, we’re off down a path we don’t really want to go that is taking up more time than it’s worth, leading only to a dead end!
Think of it like this – there is a massive difference between REQUIRED ACTION (the things you really feel you should do day to day) and INSPIRED ACTION – those things that you are inwardly driven to do, that you simply cannot ‘not do (excuse the double negative please), and which will bring you the greatest benefit.
What are the should do things in your life?
If you are anything like me, they consist of something like:
- tidy the house
- do the washing
- clean the bathroom
- make dinner
- take the kids to school and then pick them up
- go to my day job
- cut the grass
- organise a family social……etc, etc, etc!
But the things that I’m INSPIRED to do are rather different:
They consist of things like:
- write a new post for my website
- begin writing my ebook
- finish writing my play
So which do I do first? There’s the dilemma – that’s where meditation can help.
You see, if I take the time to meditate, in my quietened state, far away from the adrenaline-driven, power-house world of constantly pushing myself to go forward, I could actually find that my ‘inspired action’ for the day is none of the above at all. It might be simply to take a walk, which then could lead me to receiving a wonderful inspiration for my book or blog; or I may find I’m being motivated to sort out that pile of papers in the corner leading me to locate that vital piece of correspondence I’ve been searching for all week, reducing my overall stress; or a could just find myself having a well-deserved rest which rejuvenates my body and lightens my soul warding off a potential illness.
Who knows? I definitely don’t. And what’s more important – I won’t know until I take the time out to listen.
So how do you meditate?
The great news is that anyone can meditate. You don’t have to be a Yogi; you definitely don’t need to be able to contort your body to keep your leg behind your head in order to get the benefits of quietening your mind.
The main thing is that you give yourself permission and allow yourself some time out.
Let me say that again:
Give yourself permission and allow yourself some time out!
Many of us find that almost impossible because we are so caught up in the action-oriented world that we find it difficult to break out of the hamster wheel! There’s an old adage that goes something like:
“If you don’t have time to meditate for an hour, you need to meditate for 2!”
I’m not sure of the origin of this phrase – some attribute it to Gandhi, others to Buddhism and others to even older spiritual beliefs. The origin is not important but the essence behind it is. That being, if you don’t think you have time to meditate, then you really do need to find the time, because you have got yourself into the mindset of required-action-orientation rather than inspired-action-orientation. And ultimately, this will lead to you running around in circles, achieving less and less and complaining about not having enough time, more and more. You will eventually burn out!
How to meditate
1. Find a comfortable position, sit down or lie down quietly and close your eyes. Set an alarm for 15-20 minutes. You can build up to longer if you wish, but this would be a good starting time limit.
2. Focus on your breath, taking deep breaths in and out for a few minutes. If you can hold your breath for a few seconds before exhaling then that’s good, but don’t stress if you can’t. Take a series of deep breaths and let you body and mind become still.
3. Allow any thoughts to drift in and out of your mind without any judgment. Just notice them float in an out like clouds in the sky. Do not attach any emotions to them such as fear, anxiety or stress. Just observe without judgment. One thing I used to do when thoughts came into my head that I knew I wanted to deal with later, was to imagine a series of pegs like those in a primary school. I then imagined pegging the ‘thought’s onto the pegs to come back to later.
4. Eventually your mind will slow down and you will reach a peaceful, meditative state where you should feel calm, clarity and peace. Then you can listen to the thoughts and feelings that come from your inner being – these will be the guiding lights and inspirations that will help you through your day.
Other options you could consider:
- Some people like to listen to calming music or use a guided meditation such as a self-hypnosis tape to help them relax. I use both on different occasions but I also like to sit quietly and just listen to the silence too.
- Meditating in nature is a great way to calm yourself and connect to your source – just make sure you are warm enough so that the body’s need for warmth does not overshadow your meditation.
- Joining a local yoga class or following an online yoga program or course may help some people too. I personally love yoga as I enjoy the physical as well as the spiritual aspects of it.
- Affirmations can help if you want to focus on a particular subject once you get the hang of meditating. Have a look at some of the affirmations for happiness or relationships that I have suggested on the site too.
The main thing is to find a way of meditating or quietening your mind that suits YOU. Otherwise, you will be back in the ‘should do this’ mode and you will not benefit from the meditations.
Whatever you do, start now – today! Don’t fall into the trap of thinking you don’t have time: You do.
You are in control.
It is YOUR LIFE.
Take charge of it.
Dare yourself to be different and become the person you were meant to be – to stand out from the crowd, not follow it!
So today, I’m going to follow my own advice. I’m going to take a step back, quieten my mind and meditate. I intend to focus on discovering the things that I’m inspired to do that I know will really help achieve my goals in the long term.
I don’t know what that will be but I’m very excited to find out.
And remember – I’m not saying “don’t take action”. That would be a misunderstanding because action is necessary to move us forward and in this physical world in which we live. Action and interaction with others is necessary to bring about change. However, I am advocating taking the time to work out what is the best action to take in any given circumstance, so that I can listen to my own intuition (inner being, higher self, or whatever you want to call it) which I believe will lead me in the right direction.
Can you give yourself some time today to do the same?
Why not write in the comments box below and let me know what you discover?
Love and light