Four Meditation Practices to Quiet Your Mind

By lizlamoreux

I often hear people say things like, “I want to start a meditation practice, but I don’t have time” or “I just can’t sit still that long” and so on. But meditation doesn’t have to be sitting still for 15 minutes to an hour as you try to think about nothing without moving your body. Meditation can instead become a self-care practice you use to simply quiet your mind. But you have to try it in order to really begin to feel the positive effects on your body and soul.

Here are four meditations that are perfect for beginners and even seasoned practitioners who need to get back in touch with their beginner’s mind. You don’t have to be a yogi to try these meditations. They’re accessible for anyone and you can try any of them today.

 

Counting Your Breaths

When you first begin meditating, it can be difficult to quiet your mind. Well, the truth is, some days this can be difficult for someone who has been meditating for years. This is why a counting meditation is a good one to begin with or come back to from time to time.

One idea to add into your meditation toolbox is using a sound to begin your meditation. This cues your body and mind that you’re about to enter into a quiet space for yourself. You can use a small bell, tingshas (pictured here), or a singing bowl. You might also want to light a candle or even clear your space with sage.

Here’s how to practice the “counting your breaths” meditation:

Find a comfortable way to sit. Using a pillow or a meditation cushion or even a rolled up blanket to sit on is a good idea.

Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breathing. After a few moments, begin to count your breaths. One way I like to do this is to literally say internally, “Inhale one. Exhale one. Inhale two. Exhale two.” as I breathe. Count up to 10, then start over. 

Go through this cycle of 10 a few times. When you’re done, notice how you feel. And then make any movements your body needs in this moment.

 

Noticing Your Body

This meditation is best done when you lie down, and using a yoga mat is a great idea. This meditation is about noticing your body and inviting your body to relax. It is sometimes called a body scan meditation. Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your body. Noticing how you feel. Then bring your awareness to your breathing, finding a rhythm as you inhale and exhale.

When you are ready, bring your attention back to your body, starting at your toes. Feel your toes, moving them if you’d like, and imagine completely relaxing them. Then move onto the rest of your feet: noticing, moving, relaxing. Move on to your ankles: noticing, moving, relaxing. Then move up your legs and so on. Moving all the way up your body. Breathing. Noticing. Going slow.

When you’re done, notice how you feel physically, mentally, and emotionally.

 

Exhaling into the Corners

I read about this technique years ago, and I use it on nights when I can’t stop the mind chatter and am trying to get to sleep. You can use it in the middle of the day to center yourself as well or to help you drop into a short rest. One idea is to wear an eye mask or lavender scented eye pillow while you practice this one. 

Here’s how it works:

You close your eyes and visualize the four corners of the room you’re in. Start at one corner and with your next inhale, imagine moving across the straight edge of the room with your breath. Then exhale into the next corner. Inhale and continue around the room, breathing in along the edge, then exhaling into the corner. Continue several more times. 

 

Candle Meditation

Bringing a candle into your meditation practice invites in ritual but also gives you something to bring your attention to.

With this meditation, you want a clear space where you can place your candle. It should be free from a lot of clutter and distractions. You will want to practice this meditation seated. It is a good idea to have the candle pretty close to eye level so that you don’t find yourself bending forward to look at it. Also, let it be at least a foot away from you so that it isn’t too bright.

When you’re ready, light your candle, and as you do, create an intention for yourself for this moment. It might be something like, “I give myself the gift of this moment.” Or “I create space inside me with each breath.” (Creating an intention is something you can add to any of the practices described here.)

After you light the candle, bring your gaze to it. Watch it as you breathe. Inhaling, being right here. Exhaling, watching the candle. You might want to imagine that you’re inhaling the light inside you and then exhaling it over you. 

Do this for 3-5 minutes the first time you try it. Letting your gaze just soften on the candle as you breathe. 

I hope you’ll give meditation a try. And if you don’t enjoy it the first time you try it, try again. It can take a few times to really notice how it affects you. Try shortening the time or even lengthening it. Most importantly, listen to what your body is telling you and try to let go of any self-judgement that comes up. This isn’t about perfection; it’s about supporting yourself through a practice that feels right for you.

Check out my  Meditation Tools collection for more ideas of props you can add to your meditation practice.

The Path to Intent with Mallika Chopra

Mallika Chopra, founder and CEO of Intent.com, is the daughter of Deepak Chopra, mom to Tara and Leela and the author of 3 books.  Her experience includes launching MTV in India, Michael Jackson’s Heal the World Foundation and working with various internet companies.

Giovanna Rossi from Natural Awakening Magazine interviewed Mallika and this is what she has to say about her website, Intent.com.  Intent.com is basically a social media platform where people are sharing their intents and supporting each other all over the world.  Intention was a part of my upbringing.  When I grew up my dad had us think about our intents every day.  My first book 100 Promises is about my intents to be a mom.  I reached out to some of my mentors, and teachers to really think about what does health, wellness, balance, happiness and living a life of purpose actually mean.  Out of that I came up with the path of intent which I talk about in the book.  It is around the acronym I.N.T.E.N.T.

I is for Incubate
N is for Notice
T is for Trust
E is for Express
N is for Nurture
T is for Take Action

Please listen below to this remarkable woman as she expounds upon her learning about the nature of intent.

Thank you and have a beautiful day!

Building Bridges to the Spirit World- Hay House 1st Ever Psychic Summit

I am a little late getting this out.  But, better late than not at all.  Because you will want to check this out as it is all for FREE!

Today is the kick off for the World Psychic Summit with amazing psychic development lessons from 3 internationally acclaimed speakers – John Holland, Lisa Williams and Dougall Fraser. 

John Holland

John Holland shows us how to perceive and receive intuitive guidance in his talk: Perceiving vs. Receiving – Navigating MediumshipSign up here.

John explains the differences between clairsentience, clairvoyance, and clairaudience, advising us to learn which one is our strength, and to develop it. John gives small questions that we can ask ourselves to practice enhancing our psychic abilities, which, like a muscle, we have to use in order to strengthen.

As John says, This is our purpose – to use our gifts, talents, and abilities to be the best being from the divine and help other people.

Lisa Williams

Lisa Williams offers insights on ways to tune in to your sixth sense and develop your psychic abilities in her lesson, How to Connect to the World BeyondSign up now.

She also provides a powerful guided visualization that will enable you to connect with Spirit and ask for signs, as well as many practical tips on strengthening your sensitivity and practicing psychic self-defense.

When you’re present, you’re opening space up for spirit to come in. —Lisa Williams 

Dougall Fraser

Dougall Fraser explains what color energy is and the attributes of the colors you see in his powerful lesson – Using Color Energy to Receive Messages from The Universe.  Sign up now!

You’ll also learn about the shadow side of each color. Dougall will walk you through a guided color activation meditation to see what color your aura is, and allow you to experience color energy firsthand. You’ll explore how colors can help balance your life and ground your energy, as well as step into your power.

When we relax the physical eye, then the third eye starts to develop, and color will reveal itself. —Dougall Fraser 

These 3 lessons will only be available for 24 hours, until midnight ET tonight, Wednesday, September 20th. At midnight ET tonight, we will replace them with 3 new lessons.
 

Enjoy!
 Sharron Calvin

P.S. – If you don’t have time to listen to all 22 lessons from the World Psychic Summit, you can own them all for only $99. We will also include 5 of our best-selling psychic development courses as bonus gifts—valued over $350!    Order Now


Tools for Awakening Your Power- Day 2 of Hay House Psychic Summit

Kyle Gray

I hope you got the chance to listen to yesterdays messages from John Holland, Lisa Williams or Dougall Fraser.  
I love the fact that John Holland says we are all psychic! We just have to start small and build up our psychic muscle.

Moving forward, you won’t want to miss day #2 of the Hay House World Psychic Summit. 

Today’s speakers are all from across the pond – Kyle Gray, Lisa Lister and Heidi Sawyer.

Kyle Gray joins Colette Baron-Reid in an enlightening conversation about connecting with the angelic realm. Kyle shares some of his favorite daily routines for receiving guidance from the angels and staying grounded, and explains why oracle cards help to strengthen our intuition.

Lisa Lister

Lisa Lister is a third generation witch and healer, she talks about how women all over the world are remembering and awakening to their innate, ancient, feminine power and reclaiming the word witch as a positive, empowering identity.

Heidi Sawyer

Heidi Sawyer reveals the power of intuition to guide and improve our lives. She reveals the traits of a highly intuitive person, as well as presents ways any one of us can increase our intuitive abilities.

Register for free and Listen Now

These lessons will only be available until 11:59PM ET Thursday, September 21st.

Enjoy!
Sharron Calvin

Trust the Messages You Receive – Day 3 of Hay House Psychic Summit!

Colette Baron-Reid

Are you ready for day 3 of the Hay House World Psychic Summit? Hay House has another amazing day planned for you.
Today they are featuring four incredible speakers; Colette Baron-Reid, David Wells, Marisa Moris and Tracy Farquhar.

Colette Baron-Reid brings over 30 years of experience as a world-renowned intuitive counselor, psychic medium, TV personality, author, and radio host to teach you all about oracle cards.

David Wells

David Wells shares how he first became aware of his abilities when a near-death experience triggered by viral pneumonia allowed the veil to lift. After this, he spent the next 11 years of his life studying the mystic Western tradition called the Qabalah.

 

Marisa Moris

Marisa Moris explains who our spirit guides are and how to raise our awareness to see them more clearly. She also shares helpful tips to get out of your mind and call in your guide.

 

Tracy Farquhar

Tracy Farquhar channels the entity known as Frank, a collection of 8 beings who currently live in a distant galaxy. You’ll gain insight and answers by drawing on the experiences and wisdom of Frank’s much older civilization, which has overcome the trials and tribulations we’re now undergoing on Earth.

Listen for free now
Reminder –  these 4 lessons are only available until 11:59PM ET Friday, September 22nd.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!

Sharron Calvin

P.S. If you don’t have time to listen to all 22 World Psychic Summit lessons live right now, we have also made it available for you to own for just $99.   Click here to order The World Psychic Summit Digital Package today.