Preparing to Meditate

Our spiritual Higher Selves are more apparent when our physical and mental bodies are cared for. The first part of learning to recognise our intuition is to learn the language of our physical bodies. If we feel physically tired or hungry then our need for rest and nourishment will affect our concentration during readings. This is our physical body’s way of energy replenishment. Drink when you are thirsty, eat when you are hungry, sleep when you are tired, cry if you need to, go for a walk if you are restless, have a bath to relax,- these are ways in which our physical body expresses its needs and balances your physical energy flow, through its actions of replenishing and releasing.

Working to balance and harmonise our Base Chakra and Sacral Chakra energies especially help to attune us to our physical bodies. Similarly, our mental bodies also need to be harmonised and balanced If we are feeling extremely emotional; emotions often affect our perception and we project what we want to see rather than seeing what’s being shown. Negative emotions such as hate, anger, grief, sadness, jealousy are normal human mental states that counter-balance the positive mental states of happiness, love, joy, pride and compassion.

Breathing techniques can be really beneficial to re-centre ourselves during an emotional storm, and a later follow up meditation to observe our feelings can help us to understand and explore our emotional states. Mediation can be a way to explore emotions, to help you to recognise and understand what you are feeling, but the emotions themselves shouldn’t control the meditation.

Once our physical and mental bodies are satisfied and balanced, the combination of the harmonious vibrations of our energy strengthens our Higher Self. Our human instincts and impulses do not cloud our spiritual perception. Our intent is charged and cleansed. We become a pure channel with a clear, steady frequency.

Some people may find meditating more challenging than others, but with patience and and open mind, exploring mediative states becomes easier. With adequate time and comfortable space to simply just be, you are honouring your own need to rest, reconnecting with your centre. You may wish to explore different methods of meditation to find which techniques suit your personal needs.

It is recommended for those who are new to meditation to begin with small, regular sessions and with practise you will build a natural, consistent routine as you discover what meditative practises best support you. Even ten minutes spent on consciously focusing to relax our bodies before sleep can be a big benefit for those who have trouble switching off or sleeping at night, and increases awareness of our physical bodies.

Having disruptions during meditation (such as a telephone ringing or a friend dropping by to visit) can interrupt our connection, and if we are deep in our meditative state this can be rather jarring. This is why it is important to have a time and a space for meditations where you can allow your everyday mind to let go and become more receptive to allow your subconscious energy to flow. You may prefer to mediate indoors or outdoors depending on your access to natural spaces and seasonal factors. Find what gives you feelings of security and sanctuary.

Using incense, music, soft lighting and comfortable textures during meditation sessions can create a calming atmosphere for reflection, and gently stimulates our senses. Crystals or candles can also be a great points of focus to help centre the thoughts in our mind.

There are thousands of guided meditations available on the Internet to listen to that can help support your mediation sessions. There are guided meditations for relaxing, connecting with spirit guides, visualising calming scenarios, exploring past lives, healing the chakras, and so on. Try to find a few different meditations (tip- make sure you like the voice of the person leading the meditation!), and use headphones so that you are comfortable with focusing on the mediation.

Creating sounds or chanting in meditation helps our mind and body to come together, vibrating internally and externally by projecting inner audio vibrations to tune out distractions and release energy. “Ahh” is the sound of release, a sigh, a physical expression of letting go mentally. “Ohm” is a sound of focus, of contemplation. Drums or Tibetan singing bowls could also be used to cleanse and raise energy.