Shut Your Mind Up: day 10
This is part of the Unleash Your Inner Money Babe series. You can checkout yesterday’s post here.
Meditation is defined as a practice where you focus your mind on a particular object, thought or activity to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state. Meditation can be used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and pain. It may be done while sitting, repeating a mantra, or closing your eyes in a quiet environment.
My parents have always been huge on meditation. So all throughout my teenage years my parents talked a lot about the benefits of meditation. They would tell me how awesome it was for everything from self esteem, to reducing anger, to feeling more connected with the world. I was never really a rebellious child but I rebelled hard from meditation. The fact that my dad was telling me I should try sitting in silence for 15 minutes was too much for me. So I never really got into meditation. And even now I’m not an avid meditator.
But, Dad, if you are reading this, I was wrong.
Meditation is the shit. Not only does it calm you down and make you feel a billion times better it connects you to the Universe is such profound ways. If you are like me and have an aversion to meditation take today and suspend that belief. Today, and only today if you want, you are 100% into meditation.
There is a ton of information out there on how to meditate so I’m not going to touch on that too much. I believe that there is not a “right” or “wrong” way to meditate. Meditation has helped me whether I do it laying down, sitting, walking to work, with my eyes open, with my eyes shut, for one hour, or for five minutes. I’m not a meditation snob and if I fall asleep when meditating so be it! If I can only sit down for ten minutes before I start to go crazy so be it. Some of the best meditation experiences I’ve had are when I’m getting a massage done or during a run.
Approach meditation with a fun, easy-going, playful mindset. Try out different ways of doing it. And don’t be too hard on yourself about it. Meditation can be really fun and relaxing if you let it be.
Meditation: learning to listen
Meditation is the best exercise if you are feeling stuck when it comes to your goals. It allows you to shut you mind up just long enough to hear what the Universe is trying to tell you.
We talked the other day about inspired action. Well if you don’t feel like any action you are doing is inspired meditation will help you with that. When you quiet your mind and stop thinking so much you allow the Universe/your gut/intuition to talk. And that is where all the answers come from. So if you haven’t already had some inspired thoughts come through to you, today will be the day that they get a chance.
The important thing to remember about meditation is to be gentle on yourself. There is this thing called monkey mind and it’s real. You will have days when you can’t quiet your mind, when you can’t stop thinking about that jerk, when all you can focus on is a donut. You are human, it’s OK if you aren’t amazing at receiving guidance from the Universe right off the bat. The point is that you are trying. And, with practice, it will get easier and you will get better.
If you are brand new to meditation I recommend guided meditations. They are easy to follow, you don’t have to worry about how much time you have been sitting for, when you should stop, and what you should be thinking about if you’re not supposed to be thinking about anything. Guided meditations are a great way to ease yourself into a meditation practice. And because I’m a nice person I have made a list of ten free guided meditations for you:
10 Free Guided Meditations
Here is my top ten list of guided meditations. Hopefully you will find one or two of them that you like and can start with. For the ones that are longer I like to listen to them as I fall asleep. And if this is the first time you have meditated pick a short one (5-15 minutes).
- Calling In The Abundance – Manifestation Babe (9 minutes)
- Hypnosis: Total Success, Abundance, Wealth, Positive Mindset – Trigram Healing (45 minutes)
- Morning Grounding Meditation – Ismene Cole (5 minutes)
- Guided Meditation to Open Chakras & Ground Your Energy – Meditations with Rasa Lukosiute (31 minutes)
- Subliminal Money Meditation – Lucky Bitch (5 minutes)
- Subconscious Success Imprint – Mind Movies (second video down the page – 12 minutes)
- Forgiveness Meditation – Lucky Bitch (5 minutes)
- Guided Meditations – Gabby Bernstein (range of times)
- You Are A Money Magnet Meditation – Trigram Healing (35 minutes)
- The Simply Being App – Meditation Oasis (range of times)
Try some of these out and see if one resonates with you.
Asking for Guidance
Another great way to meditate is to just sit in silence for a period of time. No guides, no visuals, just you and the Universe. I like to meditate this way when I have a specific problem or question I need help with. For example, say I needed help with coming up with an extra $1,000. I would sit down and focus on the intention of receiving $1,000. As I close my eyes to meditate I would let that intention go and focus just on the meditation that I am in. I quiet my mind and sit quietly. If I find myself thinking about the how of my intention I just let it go and refocus on my breath. After the meditation I check back in with my intention to see if I have any inspired thoughts around it. If not, I don’t worry about it, I know that the answer is coming to me. And I just get up and go about my day.
If you choose to do an unguided meditation make sure you set a timer so you aren’t distracted the entire time wondering how long you have been sitting there. It makes things a whole lot easier.
Why does this method work so well?
Our brains solve problems in strange ways. We actually solve problems better when we give the brain a little break from thinking about the problem. New research by Neuroscientist David Creswell from Carnegie Mellon explains this: In his study he had people think about purchasing an imaginary car, based on multiple wants and needs. One group had to choose immediately. These people didn’t do so great at making a good decision. A second group had time to try to consciously solve the problem. Their choices weren’t much better. A third group were given the problem, then given a distractor task – something that lightly held their conscious attention but allowed their non-conscious, or subconscious mind, to keep working. This group did significantly better than the other groups at selecting the best car for their overall needs.
This research shows that our subconscious mind is a hell-of-a-lot smarter than our conscious brains. Now whether this is because our subconscious brains are the part of the brain that communicates with the Universe or because that’s just how biology works, I don’t know. But does it really matter? This is how our brains work and knowing that we can use this knowledge to help us manifest things more easily.
The key to making our subconscious brains work is to give our conscious brains a break. When you shut your conscious mind up you allow your subconscious mind the time it needs to solve the problem. Meditation shuts your conscious mind up. So give it a try.
And that’s all I have for you today! As always if you like this post please share it with your pals. Thank you for being you. See you tomorrow 🙂