I've been meditating on and off since I was 16, and I believe this book is where I started. Meditation has always served me well, by calming and focusing my mind while subtly helping me achieve my goals. Recently, Kelly and I have been meditating together on Saturdays before our long runs. Documenting it in my lifestream has helped me find new motivation to continue my practice, so I wanted to share how we do it.
Pre-show: set the mood so you can concentrate without distractions. For music, I play Meditation Six: The Shaman's Drum (With Randy Crafton), and I light a scented candle for us to gaze at. I find it important to leave my eyes open, so I stay connected with this world and don't fall asleep. I set up my iPhone camera timer to take photos of us (sound effects off!), so I can document the setting and time. The actual meditation is slow breathing combined with visualization of energy moving through my body.
- Sit cross-legged. Place your hands palms up on your knees. Take several slow, deep breaths.
- Count to 10 as you inhale and picture the energy of the universe coming in through your crown chakra. Breathe out and count to 10 while picturing the energy wrapping around your crown chakra.
- Inhale again while counting to 10, this time bringing the energy into your third eye chakra. Breathe out with a count of 10 and picture the energy swirling around your third eye, activating it.
- Next, breathe in for 10 and pull the energy into your throat chakra, then breathe out for 10 counts, gathering the energy in your throat.
Repeat this for the rest of the chakras: your heart, solar plexus, navel and spine.
- Continue your deep breathing while clearing your head of thought. Hold the energy of the universe inside your body, allowing it to recharge your personal power stores. Continue as long as you need. 10-15 minutes is a good starting point.
- When you're ready, place your hands on the ground and "ground" the energy you've taken in–release it back into the earth and give thanks.
Do you have a meditation practice? Do you document it? I would love to hear about any resources or experiences you have had! We are thinking about joining a meditation Meetup group in Austin soon, any recommendations?