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Why Should You Meditate?

What if you could close your eyes, then open them a few minutes later and be relaxed, alert, and able to think clearly? Meditation can do that for you, and it's easier than you might think.

Benefits of Meditation

A Simple Meditation To Use Now

Don't think meditation has to be difficult. Try this simple technique, and you'll see results in minutes. Get comfortable, close your eyes, and tense up your whole body. Then breath deeply through your nose as you release the tension from every muscle. Feel each part relaxing, watching for parts that may escape notice, like a tight jaw. If you still have tension somewhere, tense up that part again, then let it relax.

Let your breathing fall into a comfortable pattern, and pay attention to it. Be aware of your breath as it passes in and out of your nose. Though your mind will wander endlessly, all you have to do is continually bring attention back to your breath.

Is your mind is still too busy? Try naming the distractions as a way of setting them aside. Try, for example, saying in your mind, "itchy leg," "worried about work," or "anger," and then immediately return attention to your breathing.

Do this meditation for five or ten minutes, or for 100 breaths. When you open your eyes, you'll feel relaxed, and your mind will feel refreshed. You'll be better prepared for any mental challenges. Why not try it now?

Steve GillmanSteve Gillman has meditated and studied meditation for over twenty years. You can visit his website, and subscribe to The Meditation Newsletter by clicking here. The site has links to articles and music to help your meditation practice.


Have You Taken
Your Bliss Break Today?

I woke up this morning to the television. My husband has it set to turn on like an alarm. It’s always on NBC when it powers up, greeting me with the local NBC "Storm Alert." It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny and beautiful; their weather report is always the "Storm Alert." As I kicked back my covers and looked at the screen I thought, "How ridiculous!" It’s not even storming. Why can’t they call it something neutral like the "Climate Report" or something positive such as "The Sunny Alert," or "Everything’s Coming up Roses?" Why focus on the storms?

spring flowersThen, of course, that set me off on an entire train of philosophical thought. Some people only see the storms in life— the negative aspects. They pick things apart looking for the bad and rarely praise the good. Why do people focus on what they don’t want? When we gripe, complain, and talk about negative news, we’re giving energy to all the things we don’t want and bringing more of them into our lives. It’s a law of nature— whatever we feed grows. Why feed the negative in your life? Do you want more? I certainly don't!

Joseph Campbell’s statement couldn’t be truer, "If you follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be."

He didn’t say follow what makes you aggravated. He didn’t say, "Expect the worst" or "Expect people to do you dirty." (That's Southern slang for treating you unjustly.) No, he said, "Follow your bliss!" Expect people and opportunities to come out of nowhere to work together for your good and your blessing. This is something I’m consciously working on . . . doing those things that bring me the greatest happiness on a daily basis and expecting the best.

Throughout the day, I take mini "bliss breaks" that keep me focused on the positive and beautiful in the world. Some things I do are:

I’ve found that sprinkling these "bliss breaks" throughout the day not only makes me feel better and more grateful for what I have, but also brings more good things to me.

I challenge you to make a list and start the habit. Ask yourself, "What brings me happiness? What brings me true joy?" Sprinkle your bliss breaks through the day and watch wonderful things unfold in your life. While you’re at it, think bigger... point your entire life and focus toward what brings you bliss. It’s a miraculous way to live!

"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

Marnie PehrsonMarnie L. Pehrson is a wife, mother of six, author and consultant who helps talented professionals deliver their message to the online world through sites like IdeaMarketers, BelieversAtWork, 1ChapterFree, and more. Visit her projects by clicking here or visit her website by clicking here.

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Quotes about Meditation and Following Your Bliss

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If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track, which has been there all the while waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.
~ Joseph Campbell

Your daily life is your temple and your religion. Whenever you enter into it take with you your all. ~Kahil Gibran

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely, or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.
~Anne Frank

If you want to know the past, to know what has caused you, look at yourself in the present, for that is the past's effect. If you want to know your future, then look at yourself in the present, for that is the cause of the future. ~Majjhima Nikaya 

Seek truth in meditation, not in moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond.
~ Persian proverb

Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit.
~Jeremy Taylor

If you want to find God, hang out in the space between your thoughts.
~Alan Cohen

Prayer is when you talk to God; meditation is when you listen to God.
~ Diana Robinson

Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.
~Deepak Chopra

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