LIVING ABOVE THE BULLSHIT!

I find my peace in higher places.  Mentally and physically living above time, above chaos, and above hatred.  Because the clock is always going to tick, accidents are always going to happen, and unfortunately, there's always going to be an opposite side of LOVE.  When you train your body to be strong for war, train your mind also to be calm and composed.  Life will get rough, but your physical and mental preparation will dictate how it effects you and if you will come out triumphant.  I train my mind through meditation every morning.  Here's a quick easy 6 Step guideline on "HOW TO MEDITATE" from my homie Deepak Chopra!

 Photo by  Mark Peace.

Photo by Mark Peace.

Mantra Meditation Technique

1. Choose your mantra. A mantra is a word or phrase that you silently repeat to yourself during meditation. The purpose of the mantra is to give you something to put your attention on other than your thoughts. You may use any phrase you like. Some people like to use words like "Peace" or "Love". You may wish to use the So Hum mantra. This is a commonly used Sanskrit mantra, which literally translates to "I am." It is often referred to as the mantra of manifestation. I like using the So Hum mantra because it is not in my native English language and does not trigger any additional thoughts.

2. Find a comfortable place to sit. It’s best to find a quiet location where you won't be disturbed. There is no need to sit cross-legged on the floor unless that is comfortable for you. You can sit on a chair or sofa or on the floor with your back against a wall. You may support yourself with cushions, pillows, or blankets. The goal is to sit as upright as possible while still remaining comfortable. We all have different anatomies and you want your meditation experience to be enjoyable, so make your comfort a priority. Lying on your back is usually not recommended because most people fall asleep in this position, but you can try it if sitting is uncomfortable for you. The most important rule is that meditation can be practiced anywhere, as long as you’re comfortable.

(I also turn Pandora on my phone to the Calm Meditation station to drown out any other noise, and I set my alarm on my phone to however long I want to meditate for, so that I don't keep thinking about when is it over.)

3. Gently close your eyes and begin by taking some deep breaths. Try taking a few "cleansing breaths" by inhaling slowly through your nose and then exhaling out your mouth. After a few cleansing breaths, continue to breathe at a normal relaxed pace through your nose with your lips gently closed.

4. Begin repeating your mantra silently to yourself without moving your tongue or lips. The repetition of your mantra is soft, gentle, and relaxed. There is no need to force it. The mantra does not need to correlate with the breath, though some people prefer to do so. For example, if using So Hum as your mantra, you could silently repeat So on your inhalation and Hum on your exhalation. If you choose to correlate your mantra with your breath, do not become overly fixated on this. As your meditation continues, allow the breath to fall away into its own rhythm. The repetition of your mantra should be almost effortless. Sometimes it is helpful to imagine that rather than repeating the mantra to yourself, you are actually listening to it being whispered in your ear.

5. Do not try and stop your thoughts or empty your mind.  As you continue with this process, you will inevitably find that you drift away from the mantra. It is human nature for the mind to wander. Do not try and stop your thoughts or "empty your mind." Whenever you become aware that your attention has drifted away from your mantra to thoughts or any other distractions, simply return to silently repeating the mantra.  

6. Stop repeating the mantra. After approximately 20 to 30 minutes, you may stop repeating your mantra and continue sitting with your eyes closed. Be sure to spend a few minutes relaxing with your eyes closed before resuming activity. You may use a timer with a very gentle, low-volume sound. Many people use their cell phones as meditation timers. You can download a meditation timer app on your smart phone or choose a soothing sound on your phone's built-in timer. Be sure to turn the volume down very low as you don't want to be startled out of your meditation.


I started just for 10minutes a day, which if you stop rushing and being so "busy" then we all have 10 minutes to spare.  Eventually you will build up to the 20-30minute sessions.  I meditate every morning first thing in the morning and it helps me to be balanced and calm as I start my daily journey.

Try it out and be consistent! 

Peace!

-Mizzle