Banish Chronic Stress and Start Living! (Meditation Series- Introduction and Fundamentals)
Chronic stress is the #1 cause of disease in the United States.
All of us are under more and more stress as the world moves ever faster around us.
We used to be able to see the things that could harm us (bears, lions, steep cliffs). We could run away and then the stress would be gone and we could relax.
Now the things that harm us are invisible. Toxins in the environment, demands to keep up with our jobs and social media. We have no place of respite today, no shelter to shut out the world and completely relax.
We know of a way out of this and it doesn’t include buying any slick product off a midnight infomercial.
In fact, you can access this at any time, any where and live a life of more ease. You can reduce your stress and your chances of falling ill.
Seeking stillness within, expressing gratitude, visualizing your goals and reducing stress. This is what we should seek from a daily practice.
Popular buzzwords to market info products and promises about a dream life proliferate on social media. I can’t check Facebook without running into one of these videos.
There are many acclaimed personal benefits one receives when following a consistent meditation practice.
But how do we really get there?
Are these states of blissful enchantment and supposed oneness with the divine only reserved for those among us who devote their entire existence to chanting off of a cliff’s monastery?
Must I abandon all things in my life that I had previously cared so deeply for, only to reach a space of obscure non-being?
Where’s the benefit (or fun) in that?
If you have ever had thoughts like these, you are in the right place.
You see, I am a simple man, and want simple results. Results that I can see. Results that I can feel in my bones. Not just some esoteric promise of inner peace. Because I am living a real life that demands consistent results through action. I don’t have the time to waste on superfluous activities that distract from my life’s goals. Only then to find out that I again fell for another spiritualized multi-level marketing scheme that is filled with just as much dogma and separation of class as every other Iron-Age religion on the planet.
Maybe these mystics, yogis, and so-called “enlightened beings” see the picture of life in a way I simply cannot. I suppose it is possible that this culture has so completely severed my connection to the divine, that I am incapable of experiencing these ecstatic states of inner peace. For a long time, I believed that these heightened levels of awareness were only something to be marketed and talked about to the rest of us. Not actually experienced.
During that time, I simply accepted the notion that my mind wasn’t able to focus. That it just didn’t work for me, and I was unable to meditate because, “I am just a normal guy, trying his best to make in this crazy world.”
That was how I used to feel…
Until I experienced the force behind everything. I felt the all absorbent stillness that calms the raging seas of thought. The one power that opens our hearts to love, and inspires ours minds towards infinity.
Only evidence-based techniques are allowed anywhere near my train of thought. Because I take life seriously. It is far too short for anything less. The tactician in me demanded to know what these supposed “Ascended Masters” knew and leverage their practices for myself and others. Busting the doors of secrecy far off of its hinges, I now live to spread these age-old secrets with the world.
The practice of meditation is as old as history itself. Thousands of years worth of information on this topic has created a vast sea of knowledge from which we can learn from. But, for the busy professional, or someone who just wants a snapshot at what can actually help them from all of this, it can feel overwhelming.
Here at ERIS FIT, we collect and curate the most effective strategies for self-optimization. Training the mind is important because it gives us the tools to understand life and process our growth.
This series will break down meditation into bite size bits that you can use every day. We will curate the knowledge available to bring you only most effective practices and strategies. All you have to do is sit back, drink some bulletproof coffee, and follow the steps.
Types of Meditation
There are many different approaches to meditation, each of them are slightly different. Just like there are different forms of exercise in the gym, training the mind also has different ways of training itself.
Here are some of the disciplines we will cover in this series:
- Trauma Healing
- Heart Coherance
- Loving Kindness
- Body Scan
- Creative Visualization
- Guided Imagery
- Belief Systems
- Past Life Regression
- Transcendental Meditation
- Primordial Sound Meditation
- Kundalini Yoga
- Yoga Nidra
As you can see, there is a lot to choose from. Don’t worry though, we will deliver the methods to these practices one step at a time.
Try Out These Meditations
I’ll leave you with a couple quick meditations that I use almost everyday.
- Sit comfortably in a quiet place with your back straight. You can be sitting on a chair or the ground or cushion.
- You may use some sort of relaxing sounds or white noise.
- Close your eyes and start to be mindful of your breathing. Notice where you most feel the air entering and exiting your body. This could be your nose, you chest or your stomach. If it helps, start counting each breath. One on the inhale and two on the exhale, up to ten, then start again at one. If your mind wanders to something else and you lose count, which is completely normal, smile, acknowledge the thought, and then return your mind to the breathing and start again at one.
- After you have gone through this a few times, you can start what is called a body scan. Starting at the top of your head, slowly scan down you body, noticing how it feels. Notice if you feel any pain, an itch, or relaxed feelings. Once you get to your feet, expand the area and notice the body as a whole.
Another one that I use frequently to increase my focus and willpower is this visualization technique.
With your eyes closed, take a few deep breaths while noticing the flow of air in and out of your body, now picture a red circle between your eyes. In that circle, visualize the goal that you are trying to achieve. Visualize what you and your life will look like after achieving that goal. Let it play out inside that red circle like a scene from a movie. Your mind will wander. When this happens, notice the thought or emotion as just a though or emotion, then return yourself to that red circle.
We are excited to take you on this journey. Now let’s grow together. If you have any particular meditation that you would like to learn about, please leave us a comment below.