Motivation and Meditation: How They Work Together

How do you stay motivated when you are on the grind? It’s usually easy to get started with a new wave of motivation but what happens months down the road when you have years left to achieve your goal? I use meditation to keep my mind calm and reduce mental burnout.

Take a second to look ahead. You do the work day after day, month after month, and year after year just to achieve your goal and realize you have given up your health and you can’t enjoy it. Meditation can bridge that gap. Trust me, whatever amount of time you sit to meditate is not time lost it is a massive gain for you and your goals.

When I started actively pursuing my goals I had trouble sleeping. Most of those sleepless nights were a result of my thoughts never stopping long enough for me to fall asleep. A loop of endless task lists and false fears about what might go wrong. I found a way to help, 10 minutes of meditation before I went to bed made a huge difference. Meditation helped ease that restless mind and led to more consistent sleep. This helped my motivation to get out of bed the next day and move out with the work that needed to be done to reach my goals. I was more focused and clear in my decisions.

Once you get started you have a great cycle going. Meditation clears your mind and helps you focus. That increased focus helps you keep up your motivation. Your increased motivation helps you meditate. Boom, the only thing you need is you!

This is just the tip of the iceberg for what meditation can do for you and your quest. If you need a place to start I have some beginner resources on this site so make sure you check them out.

So what are you waiting for, there is a beast inside you waiting to push you over the limit!

Meditation will help you achieve your dreams. Here’s one reason

What has to happen for you to achieve your dreams? CHANGE, yes I am screaming. Do me a favor, find a time today to sit down and picture yourself as the person you want to be. Picture yourself as if you have achieved your dream in as much detail as you can. Now, write down the things that are different between you now and the achieved dream you. All the things you just wrote down have to change in the physical world! That means you have to change them, you have to change.

This is where meditation can help. I am not just saying that, there are volumes of scientific research to back up that claim.

For now lets talk about how meditation can help you bring on the change you need. Change is stressful for anybody. Meditation, practiced for as little as ten minuets a day, can make long term changes in your brain that will help you deal with stress. I need to say that again, meditation can bring on long term changes in your brain that help you deal with stress! Don’t believe me? Here is an interview with Sara Lazar a Neuroscientist at the Harvard Medical School, the article has links to her research if you want to take a deeper look.

That’s it for now. Of course meditation has many more benefits but stress management is enough to invest ten minuets a day.

Again, it goes like this. If you want to achieve something you have not yet achieved you will have to change. Change is stressful, even if it is fun it is still stressful. Mediation will help you manage that stress.

If you are new to meditation and looking for a place to start here is a beginners guide.

You Are Powerful Beyond Measure. Does that Scare You?

Whatever you are dreaming of is possible. The trouble is people never considered setting goals to help them reach their big dreams. Why? I think there are a few reasons for this. Many people feel they are stuck with what they have and never consider improving themselves or their position. Others consider it but fill their mind with excuses that derail them along the way. Either scenario ends in a victim mentality. The real trouble is, a victim mentality is addicting. Many people need complaints, it has become who they are, and they have nothing else to talk about.

When these people begin to realize that they can achieve their dreams, that their dreams are possible if they are willing to work for it, they get scared. Why? Because they would have to change who they are. If they get everything they want they are not victims anymore and if they don’t get what they want they are to blame, not someone else. Most people want to pass the blame.

What about you? Are you afraid? If so, why? Dig deep and answer yourself truthfully because YOU are the only thing in your way! Go after your dreams… free the beast!

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You can Manifest What you Want: Let’s Put it All Together

The early classes were set up to help you understand a few ways science shows
how the universe operates, for no other reason than to help you believe in your
ability to manifest your desires. To help you believe in the power of your
thoughts.

The middle section gave you a 4-step process that will help you manifest your
desires by increasing your belief in yourself and your ability to get that
specific desire.

The last lesson talked about meditation and how you can change your physiology. Over time, this will help you manifest things that will truly make you happy.

If you’re wondering: What is the most important thing in this course? The answer
is two fold… action and meditation!

Now that I have that out of the way, lets get back on track. Intention manifestation will not work unless you believe you are getting the thing you desire. That is why this course and the manifestation processes within had so much focus on increasing your belief. As you go through this process your belief with get stronger, then finally you believe and shortly after you truly believe you will have what you want.

When you really think about it, it’s easy to see how you have been doing this
your whole life. Often, if you are as I used to be, you are working this process
in a negative fashion and getting what you don’t want or even fear.

So, how do I manage my time around this process of manifesting and finding my
place in the universe.

For starters, I meditate every day. I started with one ten-minute session a day
and moved to two fifteen-minute sessions a day. After a few years, I am up to
two twenty-minute sessions a day. Although, when we had our third child I missed
a few sessions here and there.

Meditation stays even when I don’t have a specific manifestation in mind. When I
have a specific manifestation in mind, I spend some time thinking about exactly
what I want. I usually do this after I meditate. I do this by relaxing and
closing my eyes and imagining what I want and developing a vision of what it
would be like to have it.

Once I have a specific vision in mind I sit down and write out some goals that
will help me achieve that vision. I continue to focus on this vision after every
meditation until I have obtained it. Then after the visualization I look at my
written goals and repeat them as affirmations.

Remember it takes action to bring your desire into the physical world. So, I
look at my calendar and set tasks for that day that will work toward my goal. I
want to clear this up a little more. Your task does not have to be monumental;
you just have to take action. On really busy days I find fifteen minutes
somewhere in the day where I can achieve a small task that moves me closer to my
goal. That is enough to move the universal energy in your favor and begin to
organize chance to work with you.

Last but far from least, I find some way to further my understanding of that
which I desire. Often, I get audiobooks and listen to them in the car. This has
been very effective for me; it helps improve my belief that I can obtain my
vision. Also, since I set my goals for manifestation on things I truly want this
is extremely fun.

This process does not take much time once you get used to it. If you set aside
twenty to thirty minutes twice a day, you can make a huge difference. Plus, if you are
using this process on something you really want it will be fun!

I’ll say it again, if you keep only one thing from this course let it be
meditation. A little meditation over time goes a long way!

Don’t waste your time chasing things you are not sure if you want. If you are
not sure what you want spend time meditating and thinking about what you want
until you come up with a clear vision. If you go through the process of
manifesting a new life, you want it to be a happy one.

Remember, money is an energy that magnifies your other states. So, if you
manifest money but you are always stressed out the money will likely magnify
your stress. For a long time I was a very angry person and I didn’t enjoy the
things I had. I kept trying to get more money, then I got it and I was not any
happier. Then I lost it.

I realized my angry state before I learned this process. One of my first
exercises was a love affirmation that truly helped me see the world in a
different light. Not to mention it totally reorganized my work life. Now, as I work
on other areas of my life I know I have a foundation of love, I know more money
will magnify that love and help me improve other people’s lives and that is an
amazing place to be.

I hope you have found something in this small e-course that will improve your
life (if so please share it with your friends).

There is more on the blog so don’t run off.

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Master Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day with Meditation

We have spent the last few lessons showing you how important your thoughts are and how your thoughts relate to the vibrational patterns that create your physical reality. Remember your thoughts affect both your internal physiology and your external world.

I have said repeatedly that your most powerful thoughts are the ones that reside in your subconscious mind. In the last lesson, we talked briefly about how to change your subconscious mind and now we are going to continue with a focus on meditation.

The key to seeing progress in your life through meditation is consistency. If you do not currently have a consistent meditation practice please start now. Start with 10 minutes a day and commit to at least a month, preferably longer. If you meditate consistently like this, you will begin to see a difference. These initial differences will be subtle but it adds up over time. In fact, after two years of meditation I sat down, did a reflection exercise, and realized I had made some very drastic improvements in my life.

The best way I know to explain it is that meditation balances your vibrations and begins to align you with your purpose. This will help you over time and it will make the suggestions in future lessons more powerful.

If you don’t have a meditation practice please read the following. I am going to outline the basic meditation technique I used to get started. If you already have a mediation practice feel free to skip to the next part, there are some insights below that you will find interesting.

1) Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with your feet flat on the floor. You don’t need any cross leg positions to start.

2) Keep your back straight and rest your hands on your knees.

3) Keep your mouth closed and your tongue lightly pressed up against the roof of your mouth.

4) Breathe in and out your nose focusing all your intention on your breath.

5) Gently count each breath, the in breath is one, out breath two, keep going up to ten then start over at one.

6) Each time a thought takes over and you lose count gently say to yourself “breath” and move your focus back to your breath then start back at number one. After any distraction that has taken your focus away from your breath use the above technique to bring your focus back to your breath.

That’s it, it’s that easy. Well, or so it seems, when I first tried this my mind was so crazy that I got frustrated and even started sweating. If this happens to you just keep going it won’t take long and this will be a very pleasant part of your day. I enjoy meditation enough that I have started meditating twice a day and it truly helps me stay centered.

More advanced meditation

We have already discussed the fact that everything is vibrating and these vibrations have a lot to do with your experience of the physical world. We can see this in action with the way the moon has an affect on the ocean (changing tides, waves, ect). It’s not as noticeable but the moon’s position also has an affect on our bodies. The position of the earth in relation to the sun and on and on, it all has a small effect on us. What does this have to do with meditation? In a word, everything.

Meditation helps us change physiologically, there is a fantastic article on the NY Times blog, “Well” that does a great job of laying it out. Although there is a lot of research left to do, I believe these physiological changes change our vibrations and change the way our body is affected by universal vibrations. Essentially, when you meditate consistently over time you are evening out your vibrations or putting them back on track. This helps you keep from fighting against larger universal vibrations and it helps you to stop fighting against yourself.

What I am really saying is you are getting back in line with your soul. You can, little by little, get back to your purpose and stop fighting things you picked up from social conditioning that are not really you. As you go down this path, your ability to manifest your desires becomes stronger and stronger. The best part is you will manifest the things that are truly important to you and improve your life in tremendous ways.

Let’s get back to vibrations for a second. Your body expresses these vibrations through electromagnetic energy fields. That’s right you are surrounded by an energy field, you have probably heard about it. If you want to know more here is an interesting article about the electromagnetic field the heart creates and how the heart communicates with your brain.

As I have mentioned before it is this electromagnetic energy field (vibrations) that communicates with the universal electromagnetic energy field (vibrations). So, I have a theory, I believe what we talk about as our subconscious mind exists in, or is strictly manipulated by, our energy field. Back in lesson 2, Bruce Lipton mentions how our subconscious mind is significantly more powerful than our conscious minds. In fact, I believe our subconscious mind houses our beliefs. That is why our beliefs can instantly affect our emotions and that is why our beliefs shape how we experience our life.

This means that positively changing our energy field will change our life. Meditation does just that. My favorite guided meditation is a chakra cleansing meditation by Belinda Davidson called, “Guided Chakra Cleanse”. Eastern philosophies explain that chakras are energy centers within the body, which is what the above chakra meditation is based on. There are seven energy centers in the body and the heart is the center. I like this because I feel like it matches up with what science is discovering. You can check out her guided meditation here, it costs a little bit but it is worth every penny.

Belenda explains that if you cleanse your chakras you will positively change your energy field and nothing else is required. I agree cleansing your chakras is highly effective but if you put it together with lessons 3,4 and 5 of this course you can really make some incredible changes!

There is more, I have recently found another way to understand your vibrations and how they fit into the universal scheme. I wish I had all these tools years ago when I started down this path but at least I can help you find them.

Check out the next lesson to learn how to find your current vibrations.

The Wonderful Truth about Luck and Why You Can Have More

In our previous article, we discussed how a prepared mind can reorganize your
physical experience. Now let’s discuss how this might change your luck. In this
lesson, I will go into detail about what is going on behind the scenes, in the
quantum world, and share more specifics about the steps you take to prepare your
mind.

We have already discussed how our thoughts are a major factor in shaping and
changing our physiology. We have also talked about how our thoughts affect the
quantum particles that make up… well, everything. So, it is easy to understand
that our thoughts and beliefs are creating vibrational patterns that allow us to
exchange energy and change our experience of the universe. If you missed any of
this check out the last lesson.

This gives us a great start point. Now, try to forget everything you have
learned about cause and effect and your concepts about past and future for a
second.

In an earlier lesson I mentioned physicist Kater Murch, PhD and gave a short
explanation about quantum particles vibrating. However, in Dr. Murch’s
experiment there were some additional, very important findings. In fact, in
their article about Mr. Murch, Science Daily said, “For one thing, it suggests
that in the quantum world time runs both backward and forward whereas in the
classical world it only runs forward.” Put another way the article says, “In the
quantum world, the future affects the past.”

That’s an interesting thought, the particles that make up our outer world are
affected by the future as well as the past. You see the quantum world does not
experience time in a linear fashion the way we do, as explained above. This
helps us understand why our thoughts and visions can so productively shape our
reality.

It’s important to note that I am not a quantum physicist, the below breakouts
are derived from the knowledge I have gained from books and articles combined
with my experience of actively shaping my reality.

So, here we go.

For this exercise it will be helpful to have a goal in mind. Of course to get
the most out of life it is important to spend some time finding out what you
really want (your purpose) and setting your goals around that. I will talk about
some tools I used to help work toward my purpose later, for now identify
something you want to manifest in your life and set a goal.

Your goal can be anything from fixing a relationship to a financial goal,
whatever you are working on in your life.

Vision – Gain a clear and concise vision of that which you want to manifest.
This is part of the creative visualization process for those of you who have
studied that. Visualize your desire in every detail you can, try invoking all of
your senses. Spend some time on this, your imagination is a powerful thing.
Don’t short change yourself here the universe can deliver anything, the only
thing that will hold you back is your belief! With that being said make your
first project something within, or just outside of your belief system, then
obtain it and move to something larger to challenge yourself. This will allow
you to build up your beliefs.

I have spent a lot of time researching business leaders and other people our
society deems successful. I think vision is one of the most important things
that a leader brings to an organization. These leaders have such a strong vision
that it shapes the productivity of entire organizations.

Now let’s see what is going on behind the scenes at this step. I believe when
you sit down and bring up a clear vision of what you want in the future you are
projecting that vision into the future and making subtle changes to the past and
present. These won’t be noticeable in the outside world except for the
occasional synchronistic event, chance meetings, lucky finds, ect. These
synchronistic events are the product of the universe coming into alignment with
your vision. They can change your luck!

Goals – Set goals based on your vision. These goals should be measurable steps
you can take toward the overall achievement of your vision. Write these goals
down and affirm them. There are many different ways to affirm a goal. I just
write my goal as a statement where I have already achieved the goal. Then I
rewrite them every morning and say them aloud.

Now let’s talk about what is going on behind the scenes. Your subconscious mind
is a tremendous amount more powerful than your conscious mind. Repeating your
goals as affirmation helps to make your thoughts more habitual and work their
way into your subconscious mind. In time these affirmations will become normal
subconscious thought patterns and that is when things will really start changing
and coming into your life. To change your subconscious thoughts you have to be
consistent, don’t give up.

Study– This is important and seems to be hard for so many. I don’t mean study
like you are back in highschool or college unless your goal specifically
requires that. The fact is, you are filling your brain with information all the
time and your physiology and the outside world are constantly changing and
reacting according to that information.

You have to consciously shape this information! If you are trying to bring more
love into your life you need to watch TV shows read articles and books that
support this? If you are consciously watching murder mysteries on TV your body
is reacting to that, it is not consistent with your desire to bring more love
into your life. Let me qualify that a bit, TV and even murder mysteries are fine
every once and awhile if that is how you relax. However, so many people
constantly fill their minds with these shows all the time and it can set them
off track. Also, If you want more money you need to focus your information
consumption on more money, read about successful entrepreneurs, and other
business related material. When your vision, goals, and study habits are all in
line things can really start moving fast.

Meditate – there are so many studies about the benefits of mediation it is
crazy. The physical stress relieving benefits alone are amazing. Nevertheless,
you might ask, how is it going to help me achieve my vision? From my experience,
meditation is indispensable because it helps you let go of nonproductive
thoughts. If you are having trouble manifesting your desires it is likely
because of conflicting thoughts that you may not be aware of. Sitting and being
quiet in meditation allows you to monitor and let go of your thoughts and bring
your mind into the present moment. In time you will have better control of your
thoughts and more interaction with silence, this is a powerful thing. Your
thoughts become true to your purpose and more powerful in manifesting things in
the physical universe.

If you truly do these things and take action toward your goals, at some point,
things will start moving very fast. This means you have to welcome change into
your life. This stops a lot of people! You would be surprised how many people I
talk to who want to manifest their desire but don’t want anything to change.
That is simply not possible. You have to be open to change and willing to try
new things.

Here is an example from my life. When I first started trying to consciously
manifest things I set a huge goal. I didn’t have the entire program I outlined
above but I knew I needed to create a vision. I visualized a large dollar amount
and relaxed, writing down ideas that came to me. Something crazy happened, I got
ideas but not the ideas I wanted (weird right, I was trying to reach a new goal
and rejected new ideas). I was not willing to accept change. Every time I did
this, I got the idea to write a book. At the time I was afraid to publish a blog
post, I didn’t have any idea how to write a book. My inability to accept change
and study prevented me from achieving that goal.

When you visualize or affirm your goals it is important to write down ideas that
come along. You don’t have to act on every idea but consciously acknowledging
them will help you find the good ones and keep more coming. Remember, for this
process to work there has to be action in the physical world. You have to take
action to bring your goals into manifestation. This process will simply make
things easier and more attainable.

Now you have a four-step process for reprograming your physical experience based
on your desires, which will drastically change your luck!

Next, we are going to talk in more detail about meditation and I will outline a
very simple meditation technique that used to get started.

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What Most People are Missing about Intention Manifestation and the Law of Attraction

If you have not been following this is the fourth article in an seven part
series. This will make since on it’s own but you will get more out of it if you
see the whole thing. You can see the last lesson here.

Let’s break down intention manifestation and demystify it a bit. When you really
break it down you get:

Desire + Belief + Action = Obtainment

It truly is that simple. Wait, if it is that simple why do so many people have
trouble with it. Well, let’s take a look. Desire is not that hard, although I
have met people that can’t decide what they want and in turn are not manifesting
anything. However, many people can come up with a clear desire and are still not
manifesting it. That brings us to belief. This is the hard one and likely, the
problem you are having if you are having trouble manifesting your desires.

So, what are beliefs? Beliefs, when you break it down, are repeated thoughts
that have strong feelings attached to them.

Our feelings have a big impact on how we manifest our desires. Feelings give off
strong vibrations that influence the magnetic energy field that our body
produces (more later). Now, think back for a second to a past lesson,
everything is vibrating, these vibrations are very important and now it begins
to make sense why. The energy field around our body largely represents our
ability to communicate our intentions to the universe. With that said our
ability to manifest looks just like T. Harv Eker explains:

Thoughts -> Feelings -> Actions = Results (obtainment)

The interesting thing is, If you have a desire and you truly believe you will
obtain it your belief will shape your thoughts, feelings, and actions.

So, the critical piece is belief and that is what we are going to work on.

Let’s start with an old quote:

“Chance favors the prepared mind.”

Louis Pasteur

With that said, I say, “A prepared mind believes.”

That’s why Dr. Pasteur is correct when he says chance favors the prepared mind.
Prepared minds are minds that believe. Often it takes years for someone to
believe they can make a scientific discovery or make a million dollars. However,
if they could generate the absolute belief upfront they would obtain it almost
immediately. Action is still required for the person with absolute belief but
the action be more supported by the universe and seem minimal to the outside
observer.

I believe what Dr. Pasteur called chance we call luck. Whether it’s a scientific
insight that comes out of nowhere while you’re stirring your coffee or a chance
meeting with an angel investor, luck, or what we perceive as luck, has something
to do with shaping our lives. For those of you that believe you are one of the
unlucky ones, don’t get down on yourself, I believe you can change your luck.

Let’s get back to Dr. Pasteur. The big question the quote brings up is, how do
we prepare our mind? Let’s explore how to prepare our mind and break down
intention manifestation a bit. Some people see intention manifestation as
something outside of normal everyday life, as some mystical processes, and that
is just not the case. You create your life, put another way, your inner world
creates your outer world. There are many ways to say it but it is happening
whether you know it or not.

Dr. Pasteur was a French microbiologist and chemist who made some great
discoveries, to include the invention of the process of pasteurization (when you
buy pasteurized milk you can thank Dr. Pasteur). He spent a lot of time
studying, experimenting, reviewing, and contemplating the data to come up with
the above conclusion. I have studied many other successful visionaries that
manifested their goals and I have broken out what I interpret as a great process
of preparing your mind, or making your mind believe, which will in turn move
chance in your favor.

Again, all you really have to do is state your desire and truly believe you will
obtain it. The key here is truly believe. So I have worked out a process for
manifesting below, it’s really a process for increasing your belief because the
process of manifestation is Desire + Belief + Action = Obtainment, everything
else is increasing your level of belief.

Visualize –provide vision

Goals -affirmation

Study -learn

Meditate -contemplate

These don’t have to be in order and they are iterative.

To better understand this process let’s look at another person that our society
has deemed successful (I didn’t say happy, I can’t confirm that). It might be
helpful to show these principles at work in people other than scientists and
self help gurus. My favorite example is Steve Jobs. I have no idea if he knew
the new age definition of the law of attraction and intention manifestation but
I have one example of him using very effective methods that I outline above.

When Steve went back to apple after a 15-year hiatus he found the research
project for what is now known as the Imac. He decided the Imac was going to be
the next big thing for Apple and he provided that vision to the company. He went
so far as to get a Styrofoam cutout (prototype, a fantastic way to visualize)
that he carried everywhere with him. Steve increased the research efforts on the
project and increased his interaction with the team (study) and he set sales
goals that he intended the company to reach (Goals). Steve was a consistent
meditator, while I don’t have the exact routine, I am sure there was meditation
involved (Meditation). When the Imac was released, it broke all sales goals that
were projected and put apple back on the map.

Now let’s take a step back. I am saying that you can organize your mind and
thoughts and it will re-organize your outer experience (your inner world creates
your outer world). Now your question might be: why? Thanks for asking. That is
what I discuss in the next lesson so don’t miss out. I will discuss the 4-step
process in more detail and talk about organizing chance. Yes, I mean changing
and improving your luck!

The Wonderful Truth about Luck and Why You Can Have More