Easy Meditation Techniques

Meditation may be a challenge for most people to do as a habit. But it is not as difficult as some may think. There are several easy meditation techniques that anyone can follow toward attaining a deeper sense of relaxation. Meditation is an effective weapon against banishing stress brought about by the rigors of life. You should try it out and here are the simple steps that you can follow to help you out.

One of the first things is find a place where you can sit comfortably. It should also be some place where you can have few distractions as possible. Distractions are not good when you are meditating since they can keep you from developing your focus and concentration and keep your mind away from everything. Once you get the hang of meditating by keeping away the distractions, you can also do your meditation while riding the train, bus or plane.

After you have a place where you can do your meditation in comfort, you now need to choose a mantra. It can be any word that you feel can help you feel relaxed and calm. Try to go with words for your mantra that really appeals to you. It can even be your own name as long as it helps you feel positive and be aware of your meditation.

Once you have yourself comfortable and have chosen a mantra, close your eyes and start repeating the mantra to yourself. Let the mantra do what it wishes. If it is something that you wish to repeat it slowly, fast, quiet or loud, then do so. Try not to let outside thoughts to disturb you while you are doing this. Just ignore them and focus on repeating your mantra.

As you repeat the mantra, try not to get distracted and just be aware of what you are saying and focus on it. Learn also to remain relaxed and clam as you do this. In time you might sometimes find yourself going off on a daydream and stop repeating your mantra. Just try to refocus and continue on with your meditation before you ward off any further.

The key to this simple meditation is trying not to let distractions come before you when you meditate. It can be a bit hard sometimes to do first, but it will develop along the way and will help you develop your focus as well as awareness better. After some time, stop repeating your mantra and remain quiet while you are still sitting comfortably. Do this for about a couple of minutes or so. Avoid getting up immediately after your meditation. It would be similar to jumping up just after having a deep sleep. It would cause a lot of stress in itself.

The other key to effectively make use of such easy meditation techniques is to do it as a habit. Try to allot some free time in your schedule for your meditation. Making it a habit would make you improve your ability to keep out distractions when you do not need them. This meditation technique can be done in as little as ten minutes or so. It is not such a long time to spend on something that can provide you with a lot of benefits especially when it comes to battling everyday stress.

Gratitude 101

Now is the time for radical gratitude, explosive declarations of appreciations for the good and bad, the cheerful and sad situations, circumstances and relationships in my life!

I am proposing more powerful projections of gratefulness for all that is my life presently. Further, I realise that these new heightened expressions of gratitude only have their real & truest effect when given in the now, presently, this moment. So firstly, let me thank Mr. Thomas Cho of alkalife Natural Alkaline Water for giving me the opportunity to write ‘The Enlightened Life’ post for his website. I love writing and I also cherish the chance to write about Mind/Body and healthy lifestyle topics.


It’s one thing to be grateful for times gone by, but the most powerful expressions of thankfulness are those served up in the present. For example, I can recall my car accident some 10 years ago, and think back at how lucky I am to be alive and also the lessons Ive learned from that fateful night. But it’s only when I declare my gratitude, speak my appreciation or even sing my joy of having gone through such an ordeal, in the present moment, that the freeing, empowered force of gratitude is released and can then lift my spirits, or raise my vibration or consciousness.

For me, gratitude has become my own personal internal warrior. Always waiting, watching, without judgement or want. This warrior is ever ready to be released into any situation or circumstance at any time, armed with love and forgiveness to uplift & bring a great light of transformation to any experience. As Cicero the great Roman Politician said,” Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” In fact for me its the pre requisite for love, forgiveness and freedom. It’s been said time and again that the universe loves gratitude, and that’s because in expressing gratitude in our most powerful, heartfelt and authentic way we are reaffirming our oneness with god, source or infinite mind if you will. In expressing our deepest appreciation we re-declare that everything, everyone is ultimately one. We are then conscious that the Hermetic principle of The Law of Attraction is ALWAYS working for us whether we realise it or not.

The more I express my gratitude the greater gifts I get to express my gratefulness. But here’s where the real power is, the ultimate power is in expressing gratitude for whatever is happening in life currently, without any judgement of whether it was good or bad, pleasurable or painful. To know that beautiful lessons exist in all experiences, and to know that how I’m rewarded for my gratitude has nothing to do with me. I couldn’t care when it comes or how the blessing will look. I’m simple aligning with my most authentic or higher self.

Sound, the spoken word for me seems to have to most direct and responsive effect in co creating with source. So as much as I can I want to speak, pronounce and even sing my gratitude daily.

So I’m setting up a 7 day Gratitude Challenge. Each day for a week I will speak either silently to myself or speak it out loud or sing it, all of the things I am grateful for no matter what they look like or how they make me feel, as much as possible throughout the day. On paper this looks simple enough, but in the midst of the hustle and grind of daily life our minds twist and turn endlessly back and forth between past problems and future concerns, so this will take discipline on my part. However, the idea is to start and build a current of gratitudinal momentum so that after 7 days I can sense a change in how I see situations that were once familiar and how I’m noticing new situations and circumstances to be grateful for.

Thanks for listening speak soon. wayne mcdanielWayne “Mac” McDaniel is passionate about health & well being. His greatest joy is in expressing his talents,skills & gifts in the service of inspiring, motivating & uplifting others into greater versions of themselves. Meditation, eating a whole-foods diet and exercise have been and continue to be the foundation for his success in basketball,acting,speaking and singing. Wayne feels joyous uplifting others thru his singing & public speaking while sharing his knowledge stories and insights. Realising everything is energy and resonance. He seeks to avoid judgement of others realising that we are all making decisions,choices and actions based on our current levels of understanding & consciousness. And as we gain & apply greater knowledge we will intend,think,emote,and feel to reflect this change,raising the levels of consciousness within ourselves and others.