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Bring Meaning to Meditation

Finding ways to focus your meditation is a great way to keep your practice fresh and to continue to get the most benefit from this time. When you sit down to meditate with a purpose, you are actually focusing your mind on the things you want to achieve as opposed to giving your mind the potential to wonder.

Only when your meditation has a purpose will you be able to find real power in what you are doing. As you continue to address this purpose in each session you will be able to deepen your experience and unlock thoughts and feelings that are connected to this purpose.

Meditating on forgiveness is a common purpose for this practice. When someone in your life has done something that negatively affects you this is often cause for unhappy emotions. Even if this person has sincerely apologised to you, there may be some residual feelings of resentment on your part. It is important to address these feelings instead of just pretending that your relationship with this person has completely returned to normal. In order to meditate on forgiveness you must sit in your usual position and then envision the person in front of you. As you take a deep breath in imagine what you want to say to them and as you breathe out say it to them with meaning. Repeat this sequence several times and then end your last breath out with a finalising forgiving statement such as, “I truly forgive you”.

Another worthwhile purpose for meditation is your own self-love and self-worth. This is a great time to use any affirmations that you adopt regularly and is also a good time to come up with new ones. Remember that the point of this type of meditation is to build your confidence in yourself. Choose short but meaningful affirmations, say them in your mind as you breathe in and then feel this thought flow through your entire body as you breathe out. You can either do this with the same affirmation over and over again, or have several in mind that you can go through in turn. It is important that you really try to feel connected to each affirmation as you use it and believe each one as you say it.

Focusing your meditation in these ways can help to bring a greater sense of peace and well-being into your life and allows you to make the most of your meditation time.

21 comments

  1. This is great, I have been having a tough time lately with both forgiveness and self love/self worth so i shall sit and get my meditation on later. I’ve a feeling this is going to be a reular thing for me, i currently do the inner smiles, microcosmic orbit and healing sounds meditations but hadn’t really thought on simply meditating on myself or forgiveness. I guess we often miss the simple things when we are most in need…One of my blogs is the porn addicts partner so…yeh you can imagine. Thanks for the post 🙂

  2. Great post and thank you for sharing but wouldn’t you also say that going into a meditative state with an objective or expected outcome almost defeats the purpose of what mediation is for tho. It has been said that mediation is the experience of silencing the thinking mind and getting into the present moment and getting into what reality truly is. Stillness.

  3. Perfect timing to run across your blog…I recently have been reading Mind Over Medicine and it encourages meditation and I just began working on following through with doing it in the last 4 days, and I’ve already noticed a difference! Quite amazing

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