What is Meditation?

Contrary to what many people think, meditation isn’t about changing who you are. It’s about becoming aware of who you are, what you’re doing, and what’s around you. There is no “magic switch” to turn off your thoughts and feelings. You don’t need to be David Copperfield to learn to WATCH thoughts and feelings pass you by like traffic. You don’t need to be like the Buddha on the mountain in complete stillness. This is the beautiful practice of awareness and the “art of allowing”.

Why Should You Meditate?

That’s an easy one. You see, people have been meditating for thousands of years. Mentally, you’ll likely see an improvement in your memory, attention span, better awareness and self-control, and increased blood flow to the brain, release of foggy brain and clearer thoughts. Physically, meditation laser-targets the stress-induced hormone, cortisol, lowers blood pressure and heart rate, boosts the immune system, relaxes muscles, and even slows down the aging process. Yep – it’s a win-win all around! And, above all, meditation helps you to “take a chill pill” and gain a deeper sense of self – helping you find peace with your past, present, and future.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF MEDITATION?

We know, it can get seriously confusing. If your eyes glaze over when you read about all the different ‘forms’ of meditation: relax. Scientists have boiled the practice down to two primary categories: Focused Attention, whereby you focus on one object during the session, and Open Monitoring, where attention is kept open to observe (and absorb) the various sensations that surround you – from feelings to sights, smells, and sounds – positive or negative.

But – meditation isn’t just black and white. There are countless other types too, depending on your specific goals. These include Loving-Kindness Meditation, Body Scanning, Progressive Relaxation, Mindfulness, Breath Awareness, Kundalini Yoga, Zen Meditation, and Transcendental Meditation. While each practice offers its own health benefits, my goal is to help as many people as possible understand my newly proposed form of meditation……EFFORTLESS PRESENCE! While Focused Attention focuses on one thing and Open Monitoring focuses on everything, Effortless Presence focuses on, quite simply, nothing. I reckon that Effortless Presence is the state of being quiet, empty, steady, and introverted. You could also call this “Pure Being” or “Choiceless Awareness.”

In fact, TONS of famous meditation quotes refer to this. Check these out: 

“You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation.” – A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami.

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

If you really think about it, this is the true purpose behind ALL forms of meditation. It’s all about training the mind to allow for effortless inner silence and a deeper state of conscious awareness. The goal is to leave the object of focus behind, along with the process, and just enjoy the pure bliss of the present moment. Ah, that’s better!

…EFFORTLESS PRESENCE!

While Focused Attention focuses on one thing and Open Monitoring focuses on everything, Effortless Presence focuses on, quite simply, nothing. I reckon that Effortless Presence is the state of being quiet, empty, steady, and introverted. You could also call this “Pure Being” or “Choiceless Awareness.”

In fact, TONS of famous meditation quotes refer to this. Check these out:

“You should not be carried away by the dictation of the mind, but the mind should be carried by your dictation.” – A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami.

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

If you really think about it, this is the true purpose behind ALL forms of meditation. It’s all about training the mind to allow for effortless inner silence and a deeper state of conscious awareness. The goal is to leave the object of focus behind, along with the process, and just enjoy the pure bliss of the present moment. Ah, that’s better!

Why Choose Mecca?

Chances are, this isn’t the first meditation website you’ve come across. Why should you choose Weightless Meditation above all the other options out there? That’s an easy one. They say that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. This is exactly how I feel! My clients love my unique approach to meditation, health, well-being, life coaching, and self-healing. Throughout my career, I’ve been blessed with opportunities to help people heal and live their best lives. Today, I own a franchising company revolving around meditation and nail care services. Human well-being lies at the heart of all that I do. I believe that true happiness and health can be achieved through total body-mind relaxation, something that’s way easier to achieve than you may think.

TIPS

Make a 5-day commitment to daily meditation, and try to devote 10-15 minutes daily to your meditation practice.

Meditate at the beginning of your day. Starting your day off with meditation allows you to set the flow of positive energy for the day.

Find yourself in a comfortable seated position or laying down. You don’t have to sit up straight to meditate, just be comfy. That’s all!

Become friends with your “monkey brain” and shift your attention/focus on your breath. Having lots of thoughts? GREAT! This means you are alive. Thoughts are normal, just allow them to arise and subside. Create an Intention or Mantra for your meditation. When your thoughts are hopping around, focus on your breathing and repeat an intention or Mantra like “I am Inner Peace” or "Authenticity, Compassion, Forgiveness, I am Love”. Repeat whichever one you chose. 

Set your intention for the day. (Example) “I give myself permission to heal” “My body is healthy and strong” "I Am Love” “Today I will lead with my heart” “Today I’m going be a vessel of my Creative Higher self”. Setting intentions during your meditations allows you to have a visual, feeling or sensation associated with this positive intention. This is very helpful and can lead to powerful realizations and clarity about self.

At the end of your day, write down a thought. It can be a statement of gratitude or an energy drain that you want to release. Allow the thoughts to be organic, it does not have to make sense it’s just a healthy practice of releasing and receiving.

Don’t take your practice so seriously, meditation is non-judgmental and a safe space within yourself. There is no “right” or “wrong” way to meditate. We all have a knowing that resides in each of us. Allow your authenticity to guide you and lead you to the essence of who you are, your SOUL.