Meditation number one is a general meditation that produces great results in relaxation and presence of mind. Meditation number two also produces those results. But, it has another specific focus that can cause additional results that may be beneficial to you.
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Meditation #2: The Practice
In this meditation it is good to use the same relaxing technique presented in Meditation #1. After you have used the energy field to relax you completely, and you are breath counting, an adjustment is made to accomplish Meditation #2.
First, you must understand the premise of this meditation.
Meditation # 2 is designed to cause a specific result
It is designed to place a useful idea in your subconscious. For example, you may be having difficulty following through on projects that you start. This is a common human problem. It is easy to imagine something we want to accomplish, and quite another to follow through and accomplish it.
So, the word, or idea, “persevere” may be useful to you. With the technique of meditation #2 the idea of persevering, or to persevere, can be placed in the subconscious mind. There, it can help you to follow through on projects that you start. Examples might be learning to play music, learning to draw, completing a course at school that will help you with your work, etcetera.
Keep that in mind and I will come back to it in a few moments.
Now, after you have completed your relaxing technique, and you are breath counting, it is time to go into a deeper state of consciousness and place a suggestion in your subconscious.
At this point, I start counting backward from 20 to zero. I change the breath counting from the 1, 2, 3, 4 that I was doing. I change to counting down from 20 to 0. I inhale and count 20 while I exhale. Inhale 19, exhale. Inhale 18, exhale. Inhale 17, exhale. Etcetera.
I use my imagination to help me as I count down to zero
I imagine that I am skin diving, and I am following a rope down to marker number zero. I go down to marker number zero, and then I come back up. I go down very slowly and I come back up very slowly. And, knowing that I am meditating on dry land and not under water, I don’t have to worry about the water being a problem. I imagine the water to be very warm and comfortable. It is just an imaginary trip, down the rope to marker number zero, then back up to marker no. 20. I see a marker on the rope for each number as I go down and back up the rope.
I am slowly going deeper and deeper into a relaxed, comfortable, meditative state. I am lying still. All is quiet. I am in the dark. Nobody’s bothering me. The phone isn’t ringing. Alarms are not going off. No personal communication devices are buzzing or rattling around next to me. Everything is quiet. And, I go down and down until I get to zero.
I might warn that it is easy to get confused about the count while in this relaxed state. It is easy to lose your count on the way down and on the way back up. That’s OK. When you realize you are still breathing, but you are not counting, just recall the last number you counted, and continue from there. Don’t get upset. Don’t do anything to take yourself out of the meditation. You might get lost again. When you realize you have gotten lost in the count, just recall the last number you counted and continue counting.
Once you reach zero, you will be in a deep, tranquil, meditative state. And, as you breathe in and breathe out, you will notice your breathing, and you will be very placid and quiet and calm. Then breathe in and then as you breathe out, say “persevere.” Or, “perseverance.” (Or, say whatever word you have chosen to place in your subconscious.)
I pick a word that has to do with something that is an attribute of life
Examples could be: Perseverance, concentration, confidence, enthusiasm, efficiency, courage, self assurance, success, honesty, creativity, organization, energy, memory, speech, decisiveness, maturity, foresight, composure, friendship, planning, accomplishment, education, motivation, self discipline, calm, cheerfulness, leadership. Or, choose other words that will help you. For the short time you are in the deep state of meditation, at the Zero level, the word you have chosen will be your mantra.
Stay in this state for a short while. Maybe for a minute or two. This has to be measured by your internal clock. Don’t look at your watch or the clock on the wall. If you are only there for ten seconds or you are there for two minutes, it doesn’t matter. The point is to be there and recognize you are there. Stay there just thinking of that word. You breathe in. You think “perseverance.” You breathe out. You breathe in; you think “perseverance.” Etcetera.
After having said “perseverance” to yourself four or five or six times (whatever it takes), then it is time to notice that you are at the zero marker, and time to go back up into consciousness, or the surface at 20. Begin to go up the rope breath counting, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, etcetera.
When you get to 20, slowly open your eyes. Notice where you are, the room you are in, where you are laying or sitting. Begin to come out of the meditative state. You are comfortable, relaxed and know where you are. Don’t fall asleep. Get up slowly and be done with the meditation.
Now, a Little Bit about the Results
The point is to plant that thought deep in your mind when you are very relaxed, because it will stay there and it will serve you in your daily activities. That word, or thought, will be down at the basis of what you are doing and thinking, and will come up to guide you.
Persevere was the example used in this discussion. If you have an educational course that you signed up to attend, and you find yourself not wanting to attend one of the classes, the idea “persevere” will very likely come into your consciousness, and cause you to choose to go to the class rather than skip it. A person who perseveres, and attends all the classes will more likely be successful than a person who skips classes, or drops out all together.
I invite you to work with this meditative technique. Develop your own ideas based on your own needs and desires. Do this meditation once or twice a week. See if you have a strengthened ability to persevere in any project you undertake.
As further encouragement, I invite you to view the TED Talk by Amy Cuddy. Amy is someone who fought back from great odds against her, and “persevered” until she accomplished what she had set out to do. Her presentation is not about meditation. It is about intention and perseverance.
I hope you find her presentation inspiring.
“FAKE IT UNTIL YOU BECOME IT.” Amy Cuddy