7 Tips On How To Meditate

Have you ever tried to meditate & felt like you weren’t doing it “correctly” or getting the “results” you were looking for? I know I felt this way when I began meditating some years ago. I found myself frustrated, upset & disappointed because I thought I wasn’t doing it “right”. My mind would go off on a tangent, I would move around a lot to try to get comfortable, and I simply thought shouldn’t I be feeling all zen right now. Well after reading about it, practicing different styles & speaking to others who practice meditating daily, I found 7 things in common that I want to share with you. These 7 tips on how to meditate effectively will definitely have you well on your way to a more balanced & peaceful life. I promise. Now lets get to it!

Tip #1- Consistency. You’ve got to be consistent if you want to see results. And that’s with everything in life. Consistency is key because if you commit to meditating everyday or twice a day, I promise you will see results. Because see it’s not about doing it right when you are new to it, it’s about just making the effort to do it. You could commit to say twice a day, once in the morning before you head out for the day & once before bedtime. The more you do it, you find yourself becoming more peaceful, more balanced, more relaxed & in control.

Tip #2- A Quiet Place. Find a quiet space where it is peaceful. It could be a bedroom, your car, your deck or patio, your bathroom; any place that is quiet for you. A place quiet enough so that you are able to hear. Now you may be saying, “Brown Vegan Goddess just said a place quiet enough so I can hear? Hear what?” You are listening for yourself, your higher self, or God, or Source, or whatever you call your higher power. And that’s the difference between prayer & meditation. In prayer you are talking to God, but in meditation you are listening to God.

Tip #3- Enhancers. Enhancers for meditation include stones, incense, singing bowls, herbs, healing rods, etc. These items do just that…enhance. They can help you get into that zone or space you need to be in to effectively meditate. Various crystals & stones enhance meditation (i.e. quartz & amethyst) just by holding them while you meditate or placing them on your chakras while meditating. Incense cleanse the space & the mind for meditating. Singing bowls help by bringing your frequency where it needs to be for meditation.

Tip #4- Focus/Mindfulness. During meditation you want to focus the mind. Make it still. Be mindful of your mind if that makes sense. You want to clear your mind of all distractions. So I recommend no tv, internet or social media before meditating. Images have a way of sticking, which is why imagination is so powerful. So make sure your mind is clear. If you find yourself drifting into other thoughts, gently acknowledge them by smiling & saying “not at this time…Peace of mind now” & refocus on your breathing.

Tip #5- Breathing. This is probably the most important tip along with consistency. The breath is spirit & you always want to be one with it & focus on it. So as you meditate listen to the breath. Let it guide you into deeper meditation. The breath is what assists the mind, body & spirit into perfect balance. Inhale deeply allowing the belly to expand with each inhalation & exhale completely to where the belly completely deflates. Listen. God is speaking.

Tip #6- No right way. Don’t beat yourself up about not “doing it right”. Truth be told there is no right way. Meditating can be done walking, sitting, laying, or standing. It can be done alone or in groups. It can be done with or without someone guiding you. The main thing is to be consistent, quiet, mindful/focused, & breathing…and it doesn’t hurt to have a few meditation enhancers.

Tip #7- Just Meditate. So simple, so easy. That’s it!

 

Peace & Balance Always,

Brown Vegan Goddess

How To Cope With Stress

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Top 5 Ways to Stress-Less

With so much going on in our personal lives, in the U.S. & around the globe, you can easily become overwhelmed and stressed out. For me personally, I have seen more than enough police brutality, killing, injustice, ignorance & hate to last a lifetime. I mean I am worn out as black woman in America. If we aren’t God, we damn sure have been carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders since the beginning of time like God.

“And if we are made in his image then call us by our names, most intellects do not believe in God but they fear us just the same.” -Badu

And since we are Goddesses, it is highly beneficial for you to know how to heal yourself & love yourself. So real quick, I want to give you some gems to help you deal with and cope with the stressors of life. These things always help and work for me, and I hope they will work for you too.

  1. Verbalize: This means talking it out to someone who you consider to be wise counsel & that you trust. This can be a friend, sibling, spouse, parent, elder, or professional. It helps to verbalize how you are feeling and what you are feeling to someone because we are connected and we thrive on being in contact with other huemans. Their positive energy will balance out the negative energy of stress that you feel. And be sure to thank them for their time, energy and space they made available to you. It doesn’t hurt to give them a gift of appreciation as well.
  2. Write: Any one who knows me, knows I’m a huge advocate for writing things down. Get you a journal, notebook, piece of paper, whatever; something to write what you are feeling down. The whole point is to get it (stress) out of you.
  3. Get Out/Go In: So getting out is pretty obvious. Get out into Mother Earth. Allow her healing vibrations to balance out the negative energy, because you know it’s not about removing negative or opposite energy. It’s always about balance in EVERYTHING. Go walking on a nature trail. If you live close by a body of water go there. Take off your shoes and walk in the grass or the dirt or sand. Being sure to ¬†breathe deeply in through your nose & out through your mouth gently. If you are into yoga do that outdoors barefoot. It’ll change your life! (I have a few yoga videos on my youtube channel if you would like a great flow for beginners).
  4. Meditate/Pray: This ones self-explanatory. I also wrote about how to meditate a while back. Look through the archives or type it into the search bar to find it.
  5. Affirming Thoughts: This just means think well & be well. Positive, self-affirming thoughts have a major impact on our life because what we think becomes our reality. We have to remind ourselves how strong we are, how deserving of all things good we are, and how powerful beyond measure we are.

Some events in our life will require that we do all 5 of these at the same damn time, more than once! I’ve had to over the past month and a half. The stress of working in healthcare, being a mama and wife, building a brand, traveling, trying to lose weight in my midsection, etc. You can see why knowing how to heal myself & de-stress is crucial. So I hope this helps someone & if it does I wanna hear about it in the comments below!

let us know some ways you de-stress in the comment section below, it might just help someone.

Peace & Balance Always Loves!

Brown Vegan Goddess

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SPRING Cleansing!

IMG_2280March 20th, 2015¬†is the 1st day of SPRING! It’s also the first day of the year, not January 1st as many people believe.

At the beginning of each season I think it’s the perfect time to detox. This helps to prepare yourself physically, mentally and spiritually for the new season. I believe it’s like ushering in the new season with a clean, clear head and heart. It also allows you to connect with the Universe/God/Divine Source on a deeper level.
So as I stated previously, I always detox or cleanse at the start of every season. So here’s a few ideas and tips to get you started:
  • Decide how you want to cleanse. It doesn’t always mean cutting out a particular food. It could be something like cutting out electronics and social media. I usually do something like a juice and/or smoothie detox that incorporates lots of different fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds. You could do something like a gluten-free cleanse or no processed or refined sugars cleanse. It’s totally up to you and what your spirit leads you to do. You know what you could benefit from the most so do that.
  • Think about how long you want this cleanse to last. It depends what your body is telling you. Like for me, I’ve done a week of nothing but juices and smoothies one season and then another season I did like a month of gluten-free. Your body knows what to do trust it.
  • Meditate on what you want this cleanse to help you accomplish. Meditating while cleansing and detoxing is very important because your body is clear from any distractions that come with eating. You are able to focus more on your spiritual health. If you are having to make difficult decisions that you need guidance on, or a clear answer about something meditate on it during your cleanse. Visualize coming to the most perfect decision and how that decision will affect your life in a positive way. If you want to cleanse or detox to help jump start a healthy weight loss journey, meditate on that.
  • Journaling during detoxing is key. This will help to clear the mind before meditation and in general. It’s a great way to help you visualize your life, your dreams, your accomplishments and goals. It puts you in a space of clarity and peace, because it brings order to your thoughts.
  • This is also a perfect time to start a garden. It’s a perfect time because spring is finally here and the official new year has begun. This means new beginnings. New Life. Renewed Energy & Vibrancy. Start small if this is your first garden, like a small herb garden in planters and pots on your deck/patio. If you want to be a little ambitious plant a few fruit and/or veggie seeds that are considered easy to grow like tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, spinach, or lettuce. Gardening is a very relaxing activity. When your hands are connecting with the dirt, grass, seeds and yes even bugs you are communicating with Mama Earth. Of course I suggest buying organic seeds from your local nursery or online. If that’s not possible buy organic seeds from the local commercial depot (i.e. Lowe’s or Home Depot). And whatever you do, DO NOT spray with Roundup or any other harmful chemicals that they advertise on television or in the stores. This stuff kills our bees and other delicate an much needed wildlife. It also harms our bodies.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you plan on detoxing this Spring & if you have any questions or need assistance with anything. I would love to help. I’ll also be posting some detox juice ideas in the coming weeks so be on the lookout. Peace & Blessings Family.

#BrownVeganGoddess