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!

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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.

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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