How to Improve Focus during Meditation

We sit in guided meditation in a circle, and our teacher tells us to focus on one point in the middle of our eyebrows. Our eyes gaze up, and we try to focus. Many times, we open our eyes because of some physical strain or we hear a noise… and it’s hard to go back to that focused state.

But that doesn’t mean that we fail. It only means we can do better.

It also means we should stop focusing on focusing.

If this doesn’t happen, it’s fine. The 70s came and went so there shouldn’t be any psychedelic vibrations right now. Only peace. (Source: pixabay.com)

That’s the problem with a lot of us these days. We focus too much and not get anything. It becomes difficult because we attach an end result to the practice of meditation. How about trying something else? Something new?

Why not just close your eyes and look at your thoughts passing by? Why not just close your eyes and not have an end goal to “feel at peace” or “find clarity”? Why not just close your eyes and stop thinking about connecting yourself to the divine?

Let’s face it, focusing is difficult to do. I mean, I’m talking about meditation a lot and even if I do so, it’s hard to not feel pins and needles 10 minutes into the practice. But a constant practice is important.

But you can’t just say “focus” and poof! Instant meditation right there.

If you want to learn how to focus, you have to forget that you’re focusing and feel your focus. Even if meditation is like mind training, the effects are more or less felt than thought of.

This lotus is meditating and not really focusing on anything. Let’s be like lotuses. (Source: pixabay.com)

Ready find a more enjoyable way to meditate? Try these:

  1. Feel expansion. Feel something good inside you… like clarity or peace… and imagine expanding it outside your body. The problem (in my opinion) about finding such core values is that we already know we have them within us, and thus it’s better to share these out instead. Beginners can use this still as a way to meditate, but as they grow, they should know that what they are looking has been with them this entire time.
  2. White light. Imagine white light emerging from your third eye chakra and spreading throughout your body, and then towards your seatmate, the room, the house, etc. Feel it envelop the entire world.
  3. Breathe. One of my meditation teachers encourages us to practice the Hong-Sau method of breathing. Each inhale is hong, while each exhal is sau (pronounced as “saw”). You are not wishing or desiring anything. You are just breathing. Saying “hong sau” means you acknowledge that you are one with something greater… and your breath connects you to that higher being.
  4. Practice sitting longer
  5. … Or practice walking slower. Walking meditation helps you be more mindful of your steps and keeps you aware of the present moment.
  6. Concentrate on something. Meditation is all about one thing: peace. Or, it could be music. It could be a sunset too. Hey, it could be your baby sleeping soundly in her crib. Direct your attention on something so beautiful that nothing will take your gaze away from it.
  7. Counting. 1… 2… 3… 4… pause… and exhale… 1… 2… 3… 4…

I use all of these on different occasions, and they do have different effects. Even without looking for anything, without desiring a result, I am able to get what I want. Have you tried one of these to improve your focus? Which ones do you like best? Do you have other ideas to suggest?

Let me know in the comments below.

Namaste!

Full Moon Meditation HELPS! *Meditation Guide at the End*

Meditating every day or every night is a personal and important part of one’s spiritual life. It helps us find mental clarity and focus. It allows us to regain strength to stick to our intentions. It also gets us to find some calm in our lives.

This weekend we’ll be experiencing a full moon—a cosmic event that many of us are excited about. This is a great time during the month that we can all sit down (with our crystals, preferably) and meditate with all our energies and the energies of the universe.

In fact, this is the time where we honor our bodies that is in relation to the cosmos. We are all made from stardust, after all.

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FULL MOON MEDITATION

If this is your first time meditating on the full moon, I suggest that you get comfortable, since the video below this post is rather lengthy. You can choose to lie down on your bed or on a mat, or stay seated on a chair on with your legs crossed.

Keep your eyes closed and focused on a singular point between your eyebrows. This is called the “Yogic gaze” or drishti.

Your spine should be tall, but not too strained, or else you will experience pains along your back. This will hinder you from meditating and appreciating the full moon completely.

Your muscles and joint should not be locked, flexed, pointed, or clenched (especially the glutes). Your physical body should totally relax.

Finally, listen to your breathing. If you want, you can count your inhales and exhales until you’ve reached the relaxation level you want.

Let go of the past and future. There is only the present moment. Just you and the moon.

To guide you on your full moon meditation, here is a guide from Lilian Eden, a hypnotherapist and a meditation specialist. Don’t forget to give her some love on her website!

Hope you enjoy the full moon’s blessings.

Celestial love and light from me to you!

The Law of Attraction and Affirmations for Abundance

More than anything, many of us want to be abundant. We want to be wealthy and healthy. It’s a basic need to be secure in these two things, among others.

There’s a problem though: many people believe that what they desire is in the future. Physically and temporally, it is. But at a deeper level, what we want the most is already within us, and it’s already influencing our lives. Once we want something, we become attracted to it. And bit by bit the idea materializes itself into the present moment.

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