This is a guest post from Rosemarie Monaco.
Meditation - It heals. It enlightens. It solves problems. It lets you travel anywhere in the universe—to places that are as exotic as your imagination can create. Most remarkably, it allows you to manifest your deepest desires. It really is like having a genie in a bottle.
Angela has written extensively about the power of meditation. See “Could Your Thoughts Create an Earthquake?” The National Institutes of Health has performed studies that prove conclusively that people who meditate are healthier and live longer.
Why it works
When you meditate you travel to a stress-free, creative level, scientists refer to this as the alpha level where brain frequency is at roughly 10 cycles per second.
The alpha state is so powerful because here you are operating purely with your mind, absent of all material distractions, including your body. And it is here that you can access all the wisdom of the universe. It is the state from which you can tap into the “database” of universal knowledge. See Angela’s post “What’s Love Got to Do with Reality.”
Mediation is deeply personal. Only you can create the perfect place from which to escape the material world. But I would like to share one of my favorite meditations with you. Read it then alter it to create the perfect space, just for you.
- Sit comfortably with your feet on the ground, your hands on your lap. You can meditate lying down as long as you don’t fall asleep.
- Close your eyes and take three or four deep breaths. Breathe in through your nose, fill up your lungs and as you do imagine that you are breathing in pure, radiant light of the universe. Hold it for a few seconds. Let the beautiful, fresh air fill every cell in your body. As you breathe out imagine that you are expelling all the bad feelings that you might be holding inside—all the stress, all the problems. Let them all go.
- Breathe normally and Relax. From the tip of your head down to your toes, feel every muscle relaxing, all the tension disappearing.
- Count backwards from ten to one. With each number, imagine that you traveling deeper and deeper into a perfect, relaxed state.
When you reach the number one, imagine before you a big beautiful door. See it in every detail. Maybe they are French doors with flowing chiffon curtains, maybe yours is a delicately carved wooden door or a majestic brass door. As you continue on this journey, it is important to see as much detail as possible. This is your paradise, your private place filled with your special treasures. The more detail you give it, the more real it becomes.
Walk toward the door. Open it. A beautiful garden lies before you. The perfume of the flowers is intoxicating. Take a deep breath. Can you smell the wisteria, the exotic orchids? The colors tickle your eyes: reds, blues, greens, purples, yellows—all the colors of the rainbow.
There is a path in front of you made of beautiful gold and silver tiles. As you walk slowly enjoying the beauty around you, you see a body of water. It is crystal clear turquoise. As you look into the water you can see the coral and beautiful creatures swimming at the bottom.
Now you notice the steps at the edge of the water. You step down and the water is luscious, just the right temperature. The water around you sparkles from the rays of sun reflecting on the surface. This is no ordinary body of water. It is a healing pool. As you slip into it and swim, all your aches and pains disappear. You are in a perfect state.
On the far side of the water a rushing waterfall awaits you. Swim to it, and then step up and under the flowing water. It’s so gentle. It feels like silk. As the water falls on you it washes away every ounce of stress. It renews your body. Makes you feel alive and energized. Can you feel it? Imagine it. This water contains the light of the universe. All the love and knowledge that exists in the universe is now flowing through you. All unpleasant feelings you had inside are not only washing away, but as they fall down off your feet they turn into beautiful sparkling gems. They bounce off your feet landing against the water’s edge creating beautiful healing crystals. How glorious you feel. Enjoy the feeling. Every cell in your body is tingling.
As you move away from the waterfall, see the surface of the water. It’s perfectly still, reflecting your image, like a mirror. See yourself. There you are looking exactly like you want to look—the prefect weight, the perfect shape—your perfect you. Look further into the reflection; see your day as you wish it to progress. See your clients thanking you, a prospect giving you a project, your boss congratulating you on a job well done, a relationship blooming, whatever you desire.
Breathe deeply and swim to the other side of the water. How alive you feel! As you step upon the land, you see a white swing moving in the breeze under a tree. You walk over to it, sit and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you. Listen to the birds singing or just enjoy the quiet. Feel divine love fill you up and flow through every cell of your body. Now with everything you do, everywhere you go you will bring this love.
Continue to enjoy the quiet. When you are ready, open your eyes. Feel radiant. Begin your day.
Rosemarie Monaco, M.A. is president of Group M Inc, a public relations and marketing firm. She is an award-winning strategist and writer. After the heartbreaking death of her mother in 2001, she began her journey into spiritualism, studying Buddhism, the original teachings of Christ and a diverse number of other spiritual philosophers including Sai Baba and Martin Luther King Jr. She is a graduate of the Silva Method . The study and practice of deep meditation changed the course of her life, giving her the courage and skills to help others embrace the richness of life.