Which of Your 5 Senses Can Interfere with Meditation?

Which of Your 5 Senses Can Interfere with Meditation?
If you’re learning to meditate, you might be wondering how your five senses affect your meditation. Indeed, your five senses play a role in your meditation, especially if you’re listening for guidance from spirit.

Read on for the tip and the technique.

If you’re learning to meditate, you might be wondering how your five senses affect your meditation. Indeed, your five senses play a role in your meditation, especially if you’re listening for guidance from spirit. 

In this post, you’ll learn:

  • How your senses affect your ability to receive messages from spirit 
  • How practicing affects your ability to meditate 
  • The top ways people receive messages during meditation 
  • Which of your 5 senses can interfere with meditation?
  • A story of how following the tip helped someone learn to receive messages from spirit 
  • The “Review Your Day” Technique
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How your senses affect your ability to receive messages from spirit 

One way that meditation works for you is that it allows you to clear your mind and receive guidance from spirit. In her post, 6 Types of Spirit Guides & How to Communicate With Them, Tanya Carrol Richardson suggests adding a meditation practice to your schedule to help quiet your mind so you can communicate with your spirit guides.

 I like to use meditation to confirm that I am on track to accomplish my life’s mission, and I’ve found that tuning in and listening during meditation is an excellent tool for doing so. 

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How practicing affects your ability to meditate

The more you practice, the clearer the messages you will receive. According to a 2017 study, “spiritual meditation focuses on developing a deeper understanding of spiritual/religious meaning and connection with a higher power,” writes author Victoria Stokes in her post about spiritual meditation. I’ve found that when I meditate regularly, I have less monkey mind to muddle through before I can have a clear enough mind to receive the message.

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The top ways people receive messages during meditation

You can receive your messages in a variety of ways. For example, you might hear the message. It might sound like a loved one or authority figure speaking to you. Or your messages might be visual. Some people feel their messages. Others have an inner knowing or see visions. Gabby Bernstein, New York Times Bestselling author, recommends asking for guidance from your guides and then listening by meditating. According to Gabby, “when we attune our energy to the frequency of love and peace, we can more easily connect to the vibrational messaging of our spirit guides.” I receive my messages in different ways during different times, but I felt my messages as sensations as a child. I could tell how something would play out by how it felt.

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Which of your 5 senses can interfere with meditation?

You’ll receive more precise messages if you meditate with your eyes closed. That’s because your “normal” vision can get in the way of messages from your third eye, says Christina Lopes, Heart Alchemist. If you are a highly visual person, this is especially important for you. I’ve always found that closing my eyes works best because it keeps me from being otherwise distracted.

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A story of how closing my eyes during meditation helped me receive messages from spirit 

As previously mentioned, I almost always close my eyes during meditation- even before I knew a valid reason for doing so. For me, closing my eyes is a signal to my brain that meditation has begun. After asking for guidance, I open up to receiving it. It’s like tuning into a radio station; if you tune in to the one you want, you’re more likely to hear the type of music you are looking for.

You might remember the Wildwood Technique that I wrote about previously. The first time I used the technique, I realized how powerful the messages from my third eye could be. After asking my question, I was flooded with images of what life would look like if I chose the first road, and I was flooded with images of the life I could expect if I chose the second road. What I wasn’t expecting was to see a third option that I hadn’t noticed before.

That experience was powerful for me, and I know that meditation can deliver just as powerful of an experience for you, too. I know this because there have been countless other stories of people receiving messages from their spirit guides. For example, Gabby Bernstein frequently receives messages from her spirit team.

“Review Your Day” Technique

Here’s a technique for finding significance in the different parts of your day. You can also use it to process your day and search for ways to empower some of the day’s activities, so you can put into motion the life you want to live.

  1. At the end of the day, go to your meditation spot. Have a seat, set your timer, and close your eyes.
  2. Focus on your breathing for ten rounds in and out. Breathe in slowly and deeply, and exhale completely during every round.
  3. Ask your spirit guides to show you anything you need to pay attention to.
  4. Imagine you are sitting in a movie theatre. You don’t need to worry about being interrupted or someone seeing something private because you are the only one in the theatre.
  5. Let the movie screen come to life and watch the events of your day play on the screen.
  6. As you watch, pay attention to the movie. Are there parts that seem to be on pause? If so, ask your guides the meaning unless you instantly know it. It’s not uncommon for us to have innate knowledge regarding spirit messages, but sometimes we need a bit more practice. Other times, we might be hesitant to believe that something has the potential to be such a blessing in our lives, or we struggle to let go of ego-driven habits or thoughts.
  7. Allow the movie to play to the end, tending to any scenes that seem vital to the message.
  8. After the movie is over, the screen will go white.
  9. Thank your guides for helping you see what you need to see, hear what you need to hear, feel what you need to feel, and know what you need to know.
  10. Open your eyes and take out your journal.
  11. Allow yourself to free-write for 10 minutes (or more if you feel it’s necessary). When free-writing, put your pen to the paper and allow the thoughts and messages to flow through you onto the paper.
  12. Reflect on any messages you received during the meditation or free-writing.
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The key takeaway is that you can receive messages from spirit during meditation or free-writing. Your messages might be perceived visually, so ensure that you close your eyes, so you don’t interfere with any messages sent by spirit.

If you like this technique and want more techniques, check out these posts:

Take care.

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Is this winning meditation technique for anger is the $#!+ or what?

Got anger issues? Try this meditation technique.
Meditation is a great way to reconnect with yourself and calm your body and mind. As a result, meditation comes with several benefits that are helpful to your emotional and physical well-being.
Unfortunately, many people believe that meditation takes up too much time and that they’re too busy to meditate. This is a myth.

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Meditation is a great way to reconnect with yourself and calm your body and mind. As a result, meditation comes with several benefits that are helpful to your emotional and physical well-being.

Unfortunately, many people believe that meditation takes up too much time and that they’re too busy to meditate. This is a myth.

Anyone, even the busiest people, can and should incorporate meditation into their daily routines to experience the full benefits of meditation.

In this blog post, you’ll learn:

  • What is meditation?
  • What is the history of meditation?
  • What are the categories of meditation?
  • How did I use meditation to fight my anger demons and win?
  • What’s a good meditation technique for anger management?

What is meditation?

Meditation is loosely defined as a practice used to both train attention and awareness and achieve mental clarity and emotional stability. The practice includes several techniques, such as breathing or moving, to achieve heightened attention and emotional stability.

Beyond this loose definition, many scholars have struggled to define the phenomenon more precisely. This is because meditation comes in several forms and is incorporated differently into religious and non-religious settings.

Let’s look at what meditation is more closely.

What is the history of meditation?

Meditation has been practiced since 1500 BCE. The earliest records of meditation are seen in the Hindu traditions of Vendantism, which is a form of Hinduism that still utilizes meditation today. Taoists developed other forms of early meditation in China and Buddhists in India.

Early Jews and Christians also tried meditative practices. Philo of Alexandria and Plotinus are two Jewish and Christian thinkers who specifically wrote about meditation around 20 BCE. Still, their views were not fully accepted into their respective religions until the Middle Ages.

During the Middle Ages, meditation became more integrated with Western religions, such as Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Lectio Divina, Kabbalistic practices, and Sufism are just three examples of meditation becoming more intertwined with Western religious faith during the Middle Ages.

At the same time, meditative practices were brought to Japan, where they further developed and were integrated into other forms of Buddhism.

It was not until the 19th century that meditation began to transform from a religious ritual to a non-spiritual and health-centered practice. This transition occurred whenever Asian meditation techniques spread to the West. Once they spread, Western meditators found alternative applications for meditation, causing the already difficult-to-define practice to be even more difficult to define.

Today, meditation is practiced in both spiritual and non-spiritual settings. People of Indian, East Asian, and Abrahamic faiths, for example, often practice spiritual meditation, while businesspeople and Yoga-class attendees often practice non-spiritual meditation.

In both scenarios, though, meditation is treated as a practice used to sharpen the brain’s ability to focus and add clarity and stability to the mind and emotions.

What are the categories of meditation?

Since the 19th century, meditation has been divided into two broad categories: focused (or concentrative) meditation and open monitoring (or mindfulness) meditation. Each category has its own benefits and applications.

Focused meditation is when you concentrate on a single thing. Paying attention to the breath, a feeling, a koan, or an affirmation are all concentrative meditation techniques. The benefit of this category is that it sharpens your mind and builds your ability to focus on a single thing.

Open monitoring meditation is when you are mindful of your state and surroundings. The benefit of this category is that you are brought to the present as your senses are sharpened and made aware of the conditions around you.

Some meditative practices use both concentrative meditation and open-monitoring meditation, though. Such practices include Vipassana and Samatha in their meditations.

It is important to emphasize that focused meditation and open monitoring are just categories of meditation. Within both categories, there are countless meditation styles and techniques.

What’s your goal with meditation?

How did I use meditation to fight my anger demons and win?

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When I first started meditating, I did it because I read about it in a program about the law of attraction and manifesting. I thought to myself, “Why not?”

At the time, I thought it was a great way to change things in my life, and I was right- just not how I thought it would.

It took a couple of years to really feel like I could say I was “meditating,” but I didn’t have support- no one I could ask about meditation for a while.

Did I learn to manifest things?

Yes. I. Did.

But that’s not what this is about- maybe in another post.

I used meditation for anger management.

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Through meditation, I was finally able to get control of my anger. That was one of my biggest issues. All the rest didn’t directly affect my loved ones or make me look like a lunatic in traffic. It was not controlling that anger that caused my family to feel like I was a monster. I needed to improve my reactions to unfavorable events. More importantly, I needed to get the yelling under control.

As time progressed, I started feeling better, and that’s my hope for anyone dealing with that fiery demon inside you called “anger,” that’s really eating away at your insides when you’re waiting for a phone call from an employee, that starts a roaring inferno because you missed two green lights because of people in front of you being on their phones.

I’ve been there. I remember how it felt- knowing that I yelled all the time. Screw being pleasant to be around. My kids told me I was downright scary. My employees would avoid giving me bad news because I was such a bitch.

But now, when I remember it, I can take a deep breath, exhale with a slow smile, and know that that’s not me.

So, if that’s you, please know that you are who I do this for- writing, I mean. I vow to deliver the info and techniques you need, so you can feel better.

With that in mind, I’ve got a fantastic technique to share with you today.

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What’s a good meditation technique for anger management?

 According to Headspace, the first thing to do is learn to recognize when your anger pops up without letting it take you away. You know the feeling is there, but you don’t have to act on it. You can take a beat to process it and identify the root cause, so you can determine how to handle the situation in a calm way.

You must own your anger. Denial is your enemy when it comes to your emotions. It leads to loads of problems, only one of which is acting on it inappropriately.

Using a focused attention technique can bring clarity regarding the reason for the anger.

The technique.

  1. Have your meditation journal ready.
  2. Go to your meditation space and have a seat.
  3. Close your eyes and take a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. You will likely notice you are breathing shallow and fast. That’s normal, and it is a signal you can use outside of meditation to identify your anger before it takes control.
  4. Imagine your breath turning into a hand.
  5. Tell it to wrap around the anger and pull it out.
  6. Then exhale and envision your “breath hand” is pulling the anger out like a magician would a long strand of handkerchiefs.
  7. Keep taking deep breaths until you feel that you are empty of the anger.
  8. With anger gone, you can see writing on the walls of your insides. It is the story of that anger.
  9. Sit with it and read it. It will tell you the reasons for your anger, starting with the surface-level reasons and ending with the deepest reasons.
  10. Once you’re done reading it, take a few more deep breaths.
  11. Open your eyes.
  12. Write what you felt and learned in your meditation journal. Take your time and write until the words stop pouring out of you.
  13. Afterward, notice how your breathing is different- more relaxed and slower.

To sum it up.

History shows meditation being used throughout the ages in a multitude of ways. Some people use it for spiritual reasons; others use it for health reasons. Still, others use it for enhanced cognition and clearing their mind. One way meditation can help busy entrepreneurs is through anger management. With many people depending on you and a huge workload, it is normal to feel angry and frustrated. What’s not normal is allowing anger to take control of your life. But you can regain control, just like I did, and I’ll support you in any way I can.

Let me know how you liked the meditation technique.

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What Meditation Did for Me During a Recent Medical Procedure You Won’t Believe.

The way I way I escaped from the event reminded me of how seasoned meditation practitioners can stand on nails with no pain… After reading this post, you’ll know more about: Meditation’s health benefits, How you can get started, including a plan for increasing your session time without feeling overwhelmed

Meditation took me away during my neurotomy.

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The way I way I escaped from the event reminded me of how seasoned meditation practitioners can stand on nails with no pain.

My back pain journey

A few years ago, I injured my back. To control the pain level, I receive neurotomies every six months or so. It is worth the pain during the procedure in exchange for relieving some of the excruciating pain in my everyday life.

If you are unfamiliar with the procedure, here is the definition. According to St. Luke’s Spine & Pain Associates, a neurotomy is a procedure that uses localized heating to cauterize a nerve. This procedure blocks pain signals from the nerve and the joint facets to the brain.

But this last Tuesday, I had a big surprise. The last few neurotomies I’ve had, I have meditated during the procedure and was in less pain and less anxious because of it. This time, I only had a few seconds of pain- 1 second at a time, sporadically. That shocked me!

While it is a minimally invasive procedure, previous neurotomies have been incredibly painful. Through meditation during the procedure, I have had less pain each time I’ve had a neurotomy. That’s because our ability to meditate and receive the full benefits increases as we continue to practice.

Meditation has played a considerable role in my overall healing too. I believe it will be even more effective soon because I can see its impact on pain. I believe this will happen because advanced meditators have been known to receive incredible health results through meditation, such as curing cancer or healing debilitating, permanent injuries.

Everyone’s experience is different, and you should only use it to supplement your healthcare provider’s advice.

After reading this post, you’ll know more about:

  • Meditation’s health benefits
  • How you can get started, including a plan for increasing your session time without feeling overwhelmed
  • Higher self meditation
  • Meditation Journals

Some of meditation’s health benefits include:

  • Reduced heart rate
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Relaxation and enhanced breathing, since meditation allows the meditator to take in more oxygen
  • Reduced muscle tension

Meditation Start-up Plan

  • 1 minute Breath Monitoring Mindfulness Meditation

Start slow- even 1 minute a day is a good start because you will increase your ability to meditate. The focus of the first session should be on observing the breath. Pay attention to how the air feels- cold on the inhale and warm on the exhale.

  • 2 minutes Higher Self Meditation

Once you make it through one minute and feel like you have cleared your mind, try adding a minute. During your second minute, ask your higher self if there is anything you need to know about BLANK (insert the concept you are seeking to understand or the decision you are contemplating).

You might be thinking that is too much to ask for one minute’s worth of meditation and listening for the answer. In a way, you are right. You probably won’t receive a response that quickly, especially if you are not in the habit of meditating. But there’s an increase in the level of connectedness between your higher self and your lower self during meditation.

Once you’ve made the connection and asked the question, consider it like leaving a voicemail for a professor or doctor. You might get a call back immediately, or not. Either way, you will receive your information from a reliable source.  

By lower self, I mean the self you most identify with daily, hourly, or most of the time, not your higher self. Being more connected to your higher self will strengthen that bond, even if it is just a minute per day. The effect on your spiritual health is tremendous.

Although you might not get your answer in one minute, if you spend some time listening in silence- even during the activities that follow your session, like housekeeping, the answer will likely come up.

The possibilities don’t end there. Your mind and spirit are still at work while you sleep, so you could receive your answer in a dream. Remember that not all dreams are to be taken literally. Symbolism is the language of the spirit, so think in metaphors or pay attention to how the various parts of the dream made you feel.

*If you want more information about dream interpretation, check out this post.

Once you feel adept at meditating for two minutes, increase your time, following the plan below.

  • 5 minutes
  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes
  • 30 minutes
  • 45 minutes
  • 1 hour

Use a Meditation Journal

Keep a meditation journal and document your thoughts and feelings from your meditation sessions. If you do not have any big takeaways, don’t get discouraged. Not every session will have groundbreaking revelations, but you will be caring for your whole self- mind, body, and spirit. The point is to keep your brain tidied up and your mind and spirit connected and harmonized.

Using a Meditation Journal will allow you to:

  • Document your findings
  • Recognize patterns in your thoughts and feelings
  • Record the techniques that work best for you during specific situations
  • Organize your thoughts
  • Process your feelings

The takeaway

Meditation has many health benefits, some of which are incredible and even unbelievable. You can meditate during uncomfortable or painful situations to make them more comfortable. By gradually increasing the length of your sessions, you can avoid overwhelm. Lastly, using a meditation journal will enhance your sessions’ effectiveness and allow you to see your progress.

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