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One of the problems people have with getting themselves to meditate is that they can’t relax. If this is you, or if you simply want to get better at it, then try this:

Before beginning your meditation, in order to more easily establish a quiet and relaxed state, do something physical. This will use up some of the excess energy that keeps you (and your mind) from relaxing. Once you’ve done this, you will probably find it much easier to relax.

  • take a walk

  • walk the dog

  • do some stretching

  • dance       

What works best for you and how long you do it is up to you. Experiment until you get an idea of what best suits your needs.

Whatever activity you choose to do, pay attention to your body as you do it. By being mindful, paying attention to what you are doing, you add potency to your movement and will need only a few minutes.

Enjoy!

Namaste (I bow to the divine one that You really are),
Durga Ma

P.S. If you want to add some music to your meditation, try this 10-minute clip from Celestial Mountain, music I composed to effortlessly move you into a meditative state.

Meditation Music

You Have Always Known How to Meditate

Meditation is defined as a steady flow of attention to one thing.  

Who in this world has not ever, in their entire lifetime, had their attention on something and kept it there for some period of time? My guess is No One, including you.

So whether you have ever meditated or not, this definition should make it clear that you have always known how to meditate, though you may not have realized this until now.

If you are not already meditating, it is probably because you either can’t find the time or you think you don’t know how.

So we are going to start with the assumption that you are now free of the idea that you don’t know how to meditate, and that the only issue left is getting yourself to do it. So let’s do this:

  • Determine a special place, and a time period, that you could meditate for twenty minutes a day.

  • To make this even easier, let’s say that nothing and no one is going to give you a hard time if you miss a session or two here and there.

  • And even easier, you can start with ten minutes instead of twenty.

Now, what are you going to do in this ten minutes?

Start with just going there at that time and relaxing. Don’t even try to meditate. Just get there, sit there (or lie down) and relax.

  • Don’t try to get your mind to go blank.

  • Don’t try to keep your attention on one thing.

  • If your mind is active, just watch the show and relax.

  • If you don’t like the show, put your attention on this ten minute track of music  (Celestial Mountain) from Durga Ma’s studio, and let the music do all the work for you.

Namaste (I bow to the Divine One you truly are),

Durga Ma

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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3 Steps to Resolve Conflict

We are always invested in our opinions and beliefs.

To say we are invested is to suggest that then, we must also be static, or inflexible. I think it’s important to first point out… this is normal. 

Each of us has had a number of years on the planet, full of experiences. There really is no way (that I have found) to avoid this process, short of not being born or time travel.

What’s the point?

It is our experiences that leads to the creation of opinion and belief. Since we had an experience, it seems to us that those opinions and later, beliefs must be true. Therefore we become invested.

No big deal.

Until it gets challenged. That’s when we see just how invested we are in our opinions and beliefs, because we experience our own resistance to something different. It’s called conflict.

Here are 3 simple, immediate steps Durga Ma presents to peacefully confronting inner-conflict and getting some perspective on the situation.

First, imagine yourself in a situation where your opinion/belief is being challenged in what feels like a confrontational way… (don’t worry, it won’t last.)

Now take your conflict through these 3 simple steps and pay attention to the language.

  1. Be willing to be right

  2. Be willing to be wrong

  3. Be willing to take a different point of view, about anything.

Now, take a moment and notice how you feel…

The mind is an amazing tool, and thoughts are powerful. They effect every aspect of our being and can create or destroy. Being able to effectively work within our own minds to open and create space is invaluable for personal and spiritual growth.

Space = Freedom

When you have freedom, you have the capacity to resolve the conflict. Within yourself, and with others.

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