Three Ways to Make Meditation Fun

I have ADD and it was not easy for me to concentrate long enough to “get into” that no-mind meditative state. I get bored easily. My mind wanders. Then I’d get frustrated at myself because my mind would wander. Then I’d analyze WHY my mind wanders and that lead to an entire Alice in Wonderland trip down the proverbial rabbit hole. Needless to say, with the self-condemnation and constant mind activity, it wasn’t a pleasant experience. So I avoided it. Which wasn’t good because in any spiritual practice, meditation is mandatory. Then I learned something that was life-changing: The no-mind method of meditation was developed by corporations to help their executives not think about how stressed out they were at work. God forbid should they realize they hated their jobs and quit! The solution was to teach them to go to the state of no-mind, where they empty their brain and think about nothing. Especially how much they hate their jobs.

Well, I don’t know about you but I’m not a stressed-out corporate executive and I don’t need to escape from a miserable career. So WHY am I meditating like I do?!

I had to find a way not only enjoy meditation, but look forward to it. Here are the three things I did (and you can do) to do that:

Find the Technique that Works for You

First, let’s talk about what meditation actually IS. I want you to redefine what you think meditation is. Getting the brain into a meditative state is akin to getting it “in the zone”. That is, so intently focused on that one activity, idea or “thing” that everything else falls off your radar. You are singularly focused.

Three words, people: World of Warcraft. Yes. I can play that game for HOURS and consciously believe I am living in Azeroth, completing quests with fellow gamers. I am focused. I am happy. I am aware of what I am doing while in this state of mind. What is meditation, if not that?! When I need stress relief, I log in and I meditate. So don’t be hard on yourself if video games are your thing. If it gets you into that happy, focused state of mind, it’s beneficial.

Gaming is one way I meditate but sometimes I just need to go inward. That requires another meditation method. I found the one that works best for me is the seed of thought technique. This is where you take a concept or idea (like “peace” or “love”) and then focus on it. If a thought arises, follow that thought like a breadcrumb trail and see where it leads. Don’t judge, just go. For me, this version of meditation is actually more relaxing and lead to more self-discovery than the no-mind method. I didn’t judge myself for not maintaining an empty mind. I just observed and noted.

Use Tools

Another technique I implemented was the use of tools. One of those tools was the book and accompanying audio “Getting in the Gap” by Dr. Wayne Dyer. It made me understand I didn’t need to sit lotus style for hours with a blank mind to benefit from meditation. You are going to have thoughts pop in and out. It’s about consciously residing in that “space between” one thought and the next. Being aware that you ARE in the gap. This audio meditation will teach you how to move from one thought, to the next then back to that space.

Establish a Routine
Routines are huge for people with ADD/ADHD. If I don’t have the important stuff on auto-pilot, it doesn’t get done. So I make sure I work out, meditate and journal at the same time each day. I also use “triggers”. Things that signal to my mind and body that meditation is about to happen. I start out with the same music. I also have a ritual I do with sage (the smell is the trigger) and grounding. After doing this repeatedly, with one specific song and the smell of sage, I can instantly be in the theta brain state.  You can train your mind the same way.

My last piece of advice is this – don’t stress over not being in what you think is the “meditative” state of mind or that you’re not doing it “right”. You’re going to have thoughts arise and that’s ok. If you’re having problems staying in the empty space, that’s ok too. The point is, ALL meditation is beneficial, no matter the length of time. With a repetitive routine, your mind and body will know meditation is supposed to happen and it will naturally go there. So, find your favorite technique, establish a routine, get some tools and actually enjoy meditation!

 

Music for Meditation

Back in October, my friend Julie and I went to a local arts and crafts fair – where we found the jewel I’ll share with you today. Chris Ferree is a Cherokee musician and NAMA nominated artist who’s studio is in Shelby, NC. I had been looking for some more native american flute music to mediate with because the flutes and drums raise your vibration.

Lo & behold — there’s Chris’ tent, playing his beautiful, relaxing music! He had several CDs for sale. Some were very relaxing, some were upbeat. All were beautifully done and perfect for meditation. You may hear his music as background music for future guided meditations I plan on doing for you guys. But I don’t want you to wait that long to benefit from Chris’ music! Click to visit CD Baby, where you can listen to samples and pick up one of his CD’s.

For upbeat music around the house, I play “Invocation”.  It’s “influenced by Robert Mirabal, Bill Miller, and Mary Youngblood, among others. ‘Invocation’ is rooted in the traditional, while balancing on the edges of world and classical.”  For relaxation & mediation, I play his compilation CD “Walk Between Worlds”. “This CD is filled with eclectic visual arrangements and signature flute that will carry the listener to another place and once there, you will want to stay for a while.”  Yes, you will.  An no matter which album you choose, you can’t go wrong. It’s like chocolate and bacon–it’s all good : )

How to Manifest Abundance

For the inaugural post in my Meditation Monday series and working alongside my recent manifestation post, I couldn’t think of a better choice than Dr. Joe Gallenberger’s Abundance Waterfall  and Liquid Luck meditations. I’ve listened to these on a regular basis for three years now and it’s still one of my favorites. Joe’s soothing voice combined with the Monroe Institute’s hemisync technology make it easy to relax and imagine a waterfall cascading over you, imbuing you with all the good things you want to bring into your life.

Joe has dedicated his life to studying the universal principles of manifestation. Dr. Gallenberger is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years experience as a therapist. He knew personally and worked closely with Robert Monroe (founder of the Monroe Institute). Joe co-developed the institute’s very successful MC2 (Manifestation and Creation Squared) program. In other words, this guy knows his manifestation stuff! Another cool fact about Joe is that he’s a local guy! Well, local to me, anyway. He’s based in Hendersonville, NC.

In addition to Abundance Waterfall, I also have Joe’s Liquid Luck meditation, which has been tested (IN VEGAS!!) with impressive results. I can honestly report, after listening to this for a time, I saw results. I was living on a 30 acre farm, where I walked the entire property at least twice a week for the four years I had lived there. I knew every inch of that place – or at least thought I did! In a nutshell, Liquid Luck trains you to recognize and attract patterns. One day, during our walk, I noticed a particular patch of clover. Now, this is a horse farm — there’s clover EVERYWHERE! Even though I casually look for four-leaf clovers on occasion, I’m not compelled to do it. There was something about THIS patch that compelled me to look.

This patch didn’t have just one or two four leaf clovers — oh no. This entire patch was four-leaf clovers! When it was all said and done, I picked 30 four-leaf clovers! Now, I had probably walked by this patch a hundred times that summer and never noticed them. Did Liquid Luck have anything to do with me recognizing my lucky four-leaf clovers this time? I can’t say with certainty but I don’t believe in coincidences like this, so I’d like to believe it did.

If you want to get more in-depth on the science and testing behind Dr. Gallenberger’s Liquid Luck and Inner Vegas series, podcaster Jim Harold did an excellent interview with him. Jim’s interview is actually how I found Dr. Gallenberger and so many other authors I’ve purchased from. Highly recommend Jim’s podcast and his Plus Club.  Tons of value!

And I hope THIS article has provided you with tons of value as well! I’m already looking forward to posting next week’s Meditation Monday installment.