Create Your Own Spa Meditation

Over this past month, I have had several inquiries about my personal meditation practice. I should start by clarifying that I do not sit indian style on a fancy pillow chanting “om.” I use meditation in a way that allows me to do it daily and passionately without feeling bogged down by a chore. Chore = snore.

How do I do this, you ask?

Below are my tips on how I turn my meditations into my own luxorious abyss that resembles what I like to call – “a spa meditation.”

Spa Meditation Guidelines:

1. Use headphones. Preferably ones that allow you to lay on your back comfortably without noticing they are in your ears.

I prefer the Bose Quiet Comfort Noise Cancelling Headphones. 

2. Use a guided meditation that is conducted by a voice that puts you at ease & simultaneously includes soothing background music such as theta brain waves, subtle nature sounds, or tibetan bell chimes.

I realized the value of a good guided meditation when I was reading the 40 Day May Cause Miracles book by Gabby Bernstein. I tried to perform each day’s tasks as they were listed in hopes of getting the most out of Gabby’s 40 day process. Doing so involved activities such as journaling & listening to meditations guided by Gabby Bernstein. The journaling was an effective tool for me, but her meditations were the opposite of effective. Personally, something about her voice and the eerie lack of background music did not relax me. As a result, I got into the habit of thinking I was never going to master the coveted skill of meditation until I found (drumroll please) my beloved Chopra Center Guided Meditations. These meditations are as relaxing as a full day at the spa.

The cherry on top? They are short & sweet and embedded with powerful messages.

3. Remember that you can either sit indian style with your spine erect and neck straight or you can lay on your back. If you choose to lay on your back, it is important to keep your neck straight so that the energy of your chakras and meridians may flow freely. Try to avoid using a pillow under your head.

I choose to lay on my back because this position allows me to breathe deeply and get into my spa meditation groove faster than sitting indian style. 

4. Purchase a few of my favorite Spa Meditation accessories

– A Sleep Mask

– Young Living Essential Oil: Peace & Calm (place it on your third eye or into a diffuser)

– A Salt Lamp for soothing light

5. Last but not least, pick an easy, doable time to meditate and stick to it.

I meditate before I get out of bed in the morning, before I fall asleep at night, and sometimes on my lunch break if I need an extra dose of positivity. If you are doing meditation in a way that works best for you, I promise you will become addicted to the change in lifestyle & the better sleep you will experience.

When I sit down to write a book, I don’t ask myself, ‘How many am I going to sell?’ When I get on the dance floor, my purpose in being on the dance floor is not to end up at another spot when the music stops. The purpose of the dance is to enjoy every step along the way. When I go to a music concert, I don’t say, ‘My purpose is to get to the end and enjoy the finale.’ If that were the purpose, everybody would write finales and nothing more. The purpose of the concert is to enjoy each note as you go along.

Wayne Dyer

2014

There is nothing more revitalizing than a new beginning or better yet, a new year. A new year is the perfect reminder to evaluate your progress over the past 12 months & to realign yourself with what you want.

One of my favorite lessons I learned after my evaluation of 2013 was to stop trying to figure out why things go wrong in my life. Before I came to this realization, if something unwanted happen, my thoughts went –

“What am I manifesting? Why did (situation a) happen? What was I thinking about that made (situation a) happen? How can I prevent (situation a) from happening in the future? I have to figure out why or (situation a) is just going to happen again.”

I will be the first to tell you that this thought sequence does not solve anything. Even when I “figured out” why something unwanted happen, it did not take my attention off of it. I always had to go deeper.

Luckily, Wayne Dyer saved me from my habit of limiting thoughts in his interview with New Dimensions for his book Manifest Your Destiny. I was jolted back to remembering what I’ve always known when Wayne reminded me that whatever I really want and whatever I really don’t want are both going to show up in my life. By default, in order to strongly not want something, I must be thinking about it & placing my attention on it…aka manifesting the unwanted.

Our attention is all that we have. We live in a feeling universe that mirrors back what we think about, regardless of whether the thoughts are in terms of NOT wanting or like I mentioned above, examining why the unwanted showed up. My advice to my future self of 2014 is simple: if you don’t want something, don’t think or feel or try to figure out anything about it.

Like Einstein said, your imagination is a view of lifes coming attractions. My New Years Resolution for 2014 is to keep my eye on the prize & brush off whatever doesn’t line up with my prize. After all, the key to manifesting what you want is love & the opposite of love is indifference….not annoyance. Heres to keeping our thoughts on what we love & being indifferent about what we don’t.

xx,

Cath

WEIGHTLESS PROJECT IS A GODSEND

I don’t know about you guys, but I loathe going to the gym. I enjoy yoga & barre, but it is very hard for me to get inspired to go to the gym and just “burn calories” or whatever.

Today I was watching a key note speech given by one of my favorite people, Deepak Chopra, & he mentioned this project he was working on called theWeightless Project. He showed a two minute video that brought me to tears….

but the i’m-so-ecstatic-i-dont-know-what-to-do-with-myself kind of tears.

For every 1000 calories you burn, $1 is donated to starving kids across the world. This project is helping the obesity epidemic in America while alsohelping nourish the starving people across the world? Seems like a no brainer to me. I recommend taking a gander at this site & watching the video. Like I said, you’ll have a big ole happy cry.

So grab a fit bit or a jawbone & do something more with those calories you burn! xx – Cath