By John Assaraf
Meditation has all sorts of fringe benefits for your health and your life, but it especially shines as a powerful ground for neural reconditioning. You will start seeing the elements of your dreams, goals and aspirations come into focus. Success in your business and personal life will begin to take shape.
If you are new to meditation, it’s okay to start off with just six or seven minutes. That’s plenty at first. Your mind is like a mental muscle, and you want to start our working this muscle just as you would a bicep or your quadriceps.
Sit quietly and comfortably, in a chair or on the floor, hold your hands any way you like. The most important thing about meditation is that you find a position that is comfortable for you. Sit in a way that is relaxing for you. Close your eyes and focus on your breath going in and out.
Take a slow deep breath in through your nose, and let it out through your mouth. Take another two or three breaths like that, breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Then, just let your breath move freely in and out through your nose, focusing your attention on the base of your nostrils. Continue doing this for six or seven minutes.
You will find that your mind wanders off and becomes engaged in this thought or that thought. When you notice this, don’t judge it or criticize yourself, just let yourself notice what is happening and gently bring your attention back to a focus on the passage of your breath, slowly in and out, and focus on the base of your nostrils.
Continue sitting in that relaxed posture and just watch your breath. The first few times you do this, you may feel as if you spend your entire time chasing after your mind, bringing it back to focus on your breath, only to find it dashing off again. It can feel like you’re babysitting a child who keeps running off every chance he gets, forcing you to run after him. Don’t worry. That’s okay. Don’t let yourself think you are failing at this. You’re not. You are doing just fine.
Even if this pattern repeats for days, don’t worry. Remember you are applying the magnifying glass of your frontal lobe to the sun’s rays of your conscious mind. You are beginning to exercise your muscle of conscious focus, just like any other muscle in the body. It doesn’t matter how well you focus on your breath, what matters is that you do the exercise.
Focus will become easier with time.
In the quantum universe, observation and focus are critical. There is no force in the universe more powerful than intent. By exercising your frontal lobe and by practicing the observation of your breath, you are strengthening your ability to quiet your mind and exercise the power of intent and focus.
Practice this every day.
After about two weeks, extend your meditation time to 15 minutes. After another two weeks, try 30 minutes. The most important thing is to keep the consistency of practicing this regularly, every day. If you miss a day, treat it the same way you treat wandering focus: Okay, you missed a day. Don’t castigate yourself or chalk this up as failure. Just bring your focus back to what you’re doing, and resume your practice the following day.
If you continue this practice regularly, you will start to notice that your entire day changes. Everything seems to slow down. You seem to have time for everything. Developing your ability to access the different types of brain waves will make it vastly easier for you to achieve your goals.
John Assaraf is a spiritual entrepreneur and teacher with an insatiable passion for brain research, quantum physics and helping others. As a result of his passion to live an extraordinary life, he has dedicated my life to studying and applying what he has learned and then passing on the lessons to others. In addition, I have authored several New York Times bestselling books on the topic including “The Answer,” “Having it All,” and The Vision Board kit. I was also a featured teacher in the movie and book “The Secret.” I’m blessed to have achieved tremendous success in business and life, building multimillion-dollar companies in real estate, Internet software and business-coaching, as well as becoming an international bestselling author, speaker and trusted business growth advisor.