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Meditation Habits to Ensure Success

Part 2: Your Meditation Plan

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by Kara and Josh in Meditation Habits
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Part 2: Your Meditation Plan

Step 1: Set your Intention for your Meditation

Your intention is your goal, plan, or the idea that you want to set in motion during meditation with the end result of manifestation.

When you “Set your Intention” you make a commitment by stating your intention and placing your focus, trust, and energy behind it. 

To create your intention for your meditation, you can simply start with the phrase “My intention is” and then complete it with your need or desire.

Intentions can be set to:

1. Attain goals (“My intention is to be aware of the movement of my breath”)

2. Answer questions (“My intention is to determine what I should do in this situation”)

3. Obtain wisdom (“My intention is to understand how I can improve this situation”)

In many of our Chakra Tea Meditations, we’ll guide you to set the intention to awaken the strengths that reside within you.

Writing down your intention before you begin will help you clarify what you desire in your meditation practice  each day and will improve your focus during your meditation.

Journaling exercise:
Write down your intention for your meditation before you begin your meditation session.

Step 2: Choose a Word of Focus for your Meditation

It can be very easy to lose focus in meditation and to start daydreaming or creating scenarios in your mind about different situations.  While it’s normal for many thoughts to be coming in and out as you meditate, you don’t want to get lost in those thoughts.  Your Word of Focus will help remind you to get back to your Intention.

Your “Word of Focus”  is a word that brings you back to your focus when your mind is wandering during meditation. It’s a word that summarizes the essence your intention.

For example, if your intention is to simply relax, your word of focus could be “relax” or “serenity”.

Journaling Exercise:
Write down a Word of Focus for your meditation before you begin your meditation session.

Step 3: Prepare a cup of tea

Focused Breathing is a method of quieting your thoughts by bringing your awareness to your breath. The goal is to slow down your breathing and maximize the intake of oxygen and the release of carbon dioxide. Focused breathing is also about being aware of how your body feels as you move each breath.

Simply begin with focusing on your breath.  Notice your inhalations and exhalations. As you breathe, scan your body from the top of your head to your toes.  Relax any areas of tension with your breath.

Meditating with herbal teas enhances the practice of focusing breathing.

As you inhale through your nose, take in the aroma of the tea. As you exhale through your mouth, gently cool the tea with your breath.

 

NEXT STEPS: PART 3: Adjustment and Reflection 

 

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