This is going to be a huge undertaking. Meditation is a very wide reaching topic. Just google ‘meditation for beginners’ and see the number of links you get.
And yet, meditation is also the simplest thing you can imagine. Actually it’s even lesser than that. Why? Because, let’s face it, it involves doing nothing. 🙂
I am a huge fan of doing nothing. And, I suspect, so are you. 😉
And if you have CFS, fibromyalgia or any other assorted conditions, doing “nothing” in order to get better is nothing short of a dream come true.
There are many types of approaches to meditation. Focusing on/counting your breaths, mindfulness, Vipassana, Zazen, guided meditation, mantra meditation are among popular methods. However this is not a analysis of the different schools of thought, nor is it an attempt to identify the “best” meditation technique, or trying to get the most bang for your buck. It is important you don’t get overwhelmed with the amount of data out there and spend all your time researching and reading, especially for something as simple as meditation.
Here’s what you need to get started. Lets go.
Once you’ve watched the above video, you will now have realised how simple meditation really is. 😀
Now, to build on that simplicity. Or not. You can just do what is shown in the above video and stick to it. In that case, skip the next part.
Now, Quantum Entrainment (QE for short) has a very special place in my heart. It was the very first thing that really worked for me and got me out of being bedridden.
Now, though QE is technically a “healing” modality, please don’t get spooked if such things aren’t your cup of herbal tea. Hear me out.
QE is an awareness based healing process. The way it works is by getting you to gently quieten your thoughts, and your mind, body and nervous system go into a state of deep rest and relaxation. Isn’t the hyperactive nervous system where most of the mischief’s at?
Now, QE also isn’t really a meditation, but it gets you quickly and efficiently to the same place, ease and quietness.
Don’t take on the beliefs of the author if they don’t work for you, but if the process works, it works. 🙂
Best of all, you can get started using it immediately, and for free.
There are two downloadable mp3 audio files available there, ‘Pure Awareness’ and ‘The Gate Technique’.
Try them both. You’ll be pleasantly surprised. 😀
See, if you have CFS, fibromyalgia (or any chronic illness, really), one of the causes you are ill is because your nervous system is out of balance.
Now, meditation *may* bring your nervous system into balance eventually. But in your case, the going may be much more gradual.
If a somewhat harried but otherwise healthy person were to meditate daily, he would probably be in the clouds within a few days of starting.
If YOU do the same thing, you might not experience the same ease and flow. But I hope you’re already coming to terms with the fact that things may not work as expected, and thinking up contingency plans. Plan for failure.
The best way I can try to explain it, is to think of the effectiveness of meditation (or any other technique/modality, really) on a sliding scale. The more out of balance your body-mind are, the less immediately will the results show themselves, but that does not mean that beneficial changes aren’t pooling up underneath the surface, at a subtle level. They just may have not made themselves known to you yet.
The point of you starting to meditate for now, then, is to get into the habit of doing so. And then, as we get started working on the nervous system directly [Teaser: That’s the best part 😉 ], your meditation practice will shoot through the roof.
Don’t worry, we still have lots of tricks up our sleeves. 😀
Just get started.
Ps: Have you tried meditating before? Did it help? Not at all? Successes? Challenges? Post your comments below. 🙂