As I lay in bed this morning mediating the “old fashioned” way, I begin to think about all the self help options we have with today’s technology to help our brain focus. Now, by old fashioned meditation techniques I just mean that once I woke up, I just laid there for a few moments to see what came to mind.
Sometimes I use my first five minutes to help me remember my dreams, and sometimes I just try not to think of anything and see what comes to mind first. There’s also another meditation technique that I like where you ask a simple question of yourself and then try NOT to think of answer. For example, I might ask myself (or my subconscious as it is) what I should start out doing today that will be the most successful. Then I just stare at the ceiling and wait for the answer.
Once I get it, I’m off and running for a successful, productive day. When you use meditation techniques to get your day started off right, you will be on the right track all day!
Some people find it a little harder to come up with answers by staring at the ceiling, and for those, I would recommend using some kind of brain quieting help – like brain entrainment (Brain Ev is my favorite), or subliminal message CD’s focusing on what problem you’re trying to solve (i.e. weight loss, panic attacks, win friends and influence people, etc). These take a little longer since they are usually about a half hour long, so you’ll have to make the effort to wake up a little earlier in the morning. I also find them successful if I use them at night before I go to bed.
The two things to keep in mind when you use meditation techniques are:
- What do you want to find out? If you’re looking for an answer to a specific question, you’ll want to ask yourself that question before you start any sort of meditation technique. (You can find out the secret to life, or just where you put that darn cell phone!) If you’re hoping to solve a problem, you need to state the problem, and then ask for a resolution.
- You can also use self help meditation techniques to just relax. Once you’re relaxed, something helpful will be revealed to you. It’s best to use brainwave entrainment, or relaxing music, to help you get your mind off of the day’s stress. Once your brain gets past the stress, it can help you figure out what’s wrong, and what the solution is.
The reason I’m so passionate about brainwave entrainment, vs. the old fashioned way is that it actually works on your brain at a variety of different levels. It has the ability to “re-arrange” things, so to speak, to help you become not only more relaxed, but smarter as you move through everyday functions – at work and at play. I can’t really explain this, I just know it works.
There isn’t really one best answer to the self help question about meditation techniques. It depends on how much time you have, and how willing you are to make a few changes. You can spend about a half an hour a day doing something that’s good for you, with results that will last a lifetime; or use the old fashioned meditation technique and just calm your mind in the morning to get a head start on the day. Either way, you will be better off than if you didn’t do anything.