How do you get the most from your meditations?

Hi!

I felt to create a space here for sharing tips to improve our meditations.

Do you do any rituals before/after meditating? Maybe some specific visualization that you find more efficient than others? Maybe different positions or unusual physical tools?

In my case, those earplugs for sleeping help me a lot. And when I meditate with relaxing music, I use them + headphones. Usually, I start with emotive music and stop it when I'm feeling more relaxed, because after some time the music starts to distract me.

What works best for YOU?

Eduardo The Sun Emoji

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Hi Eduardo - it's a great forum topic to start Thumbs Up Sign

For me, it begins with the space itself - assuming I have the choice. For that, I'll always wish to minimise electronic devices, mobile phones and wifi. Because it helps clear the space of electro-smog. I also enjoy music at times though, so I am prepared to make compromises - music can really help soften the inner world.

I prefer to have minimal clutter, and if possible, I'd clear the space with something like sage, or burning an appropriate oil. I'd also work to create an energy field around the space through heart felt feeling. 

That's a brief insight into the space itself.

Thanks for beginning the thread.

Open Praying Emoji

This is a good forum topic. When I am meditating at home, I will lite some incense first. I start off doing some Reiki breathing exercises facing the picture window in my trailer. This is where the morning light shines in and I find it very relaxing. Then I listen to Binary Beats at a low volume as I meditate. Now when I am out in nature, that is a whole different story. I go barefoot for most trips and I talk to everything In sight. Rocks, trees, plants, water, Sentinel life, sky, all that is. If I am far enough away so not to be able to hear traffic or other man-made noises, I will turn my cell phone off, put it in my backpack and leave it a distance away. If I can hear noises I will compromise like Open does and listen to some music at a lower volume. These are just two of many ways I meditate.

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Charlie

Okay, so you won't always be able to pick the ideal location for your meditations, but you can make even small changes by just spending a few moments tuning in and feeling before you begin. The flow will always guide you. Even if you're at your desk, maybe just to move a yard or two away. Maybe best in the centre of the room? Or by a window as the sun comes in. Do switch off as much electricity as possible if you're in doors.

Today I was blessed. I've been out travelling on Dartmoor preparing for firming a new Openhand Doco, called "Paradigm Shift". I needed a place to stay, but the only one available at short notice was in a town; nevertheless it felt right to go. What I didn't know on arriving, was they had a beautiful stream  out back, where the stream drowned out any noise of traffic. It was awesome!

So following the flow will always guide to the right places, or subtle simply changes if you're quite restricted.

Open Praying Emoji

Another quick one that sprang to mind in relation to meditation whilst travelling - I do a lot of long haul flights, and I find meditation is key to maintaining a good vibe and balanced rhythms. What I find greatly helps, is where a blind fold and ear plugs - they drown out external distraction and bring my focus within. Something simple, but worth thinking about when you pack.

Open Praying Emoji