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The Secret Diary of an Aspiring Meditation Master – October 2014, Week Two, “Relax Deeply Using Open Focus”

Welcome back as we continue to follow Kevin Beautywith an actual practice.

In fact, what Dr. Joe seems to be suggesting is that Open Focus is a necessary starting point for all the healing or growth we want to experience in our lives. This is not just conjecture on his part. He first learned it 30 years ago, when he was able to use his mind to heal his spine after a horrendous accident. In his seminars he has been able to train participants to do this same Open Focus relaxation process, and uses brainwave and brain mapping technology to watch what their brains are actually doing while in the meditative state.

The 3 Step Process Toward Healing

Open Focus is the first of Dr. Joe’s three step process toward healing, that we introduced last week. In the second step, he asks us to rest in that open state. From the state of rest, we move to the third step, which is rehearsing our desired outcome, and how that outcome would make us feel.

Kevin’s meditation takes us through step one this week, and then he will continue with steps three and four during the remainder of the month. This is not the first open focus type of meditation Kevin has done. A few years ago he introduced us to the book The Open Focus Brain: Harnessing the Power of Attention to Heal Mind and Body, written by the director of the Princeton Biofeedback Centre, Dr. Les Fehmi, Ph.D., and award-winning science writer, Jim Robbins.

The concept of Open Focus involves feeling the space within and surrounding our bodies. There is something about this method which is very effective at calming the mind, and deeply relaxing our bodies.

For myself, however, this is not easy to do on my own. My mind wants to watch, take notes, and offer a running commentary, complete with lots of skepticism and impatience. It’s even a little uncomfortable. But listening to Kevin walk me through it really helps me reach that open state, as I pay attention to his voice and not my inner mumblings. Luckily, Kevin’s post includes a spot to download the meditation, so we can practice on a daily basis if we’d like to.

If you’ve never tried Open Focus meditation, I encourage you to give it a try. Doing it a few times, at least, will help prepare you for the other steps Dr. Joe says are needed for our minds to heal our bodies.

You Are The Placebo: Making Your Mind Matter, (2014) by Dr. Joe Dispenza, is published by Hay House, Inc.

 

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How To Relax Mentally

3It is often hard to know how to relax mentally. We think that if we are okay physically then the mind will follow. In fact, it is the other way around. Often our thoughts dictate our actions. If we can’t get on board mentally, nothing else will get done. The unconscious thoughts are the most harmful. We silently sabotage ourselves without even knowing it.

But, getting in touch with your thoughts takes time and focus. Taking regular breaks can help out with that.

Meditate – You don’t have to sit and hum a mantra. It could be time spent listening to the sounds of nature on your front porch. Practice your breathing to slow down your heart rate and blood pressure. Make sure you are comfortable.

Read a book – When you are reading, you are transported to another place and time far away from your current surroundings. Let your mind take a back seat as you let the words take you away.

Listen to music – Music has the power to conjure up long-forgotten happy times, like when you first heard the song. Revel in your memories and sing yourself into a good mood.

Engage in your favorite hobby – Hobbies have a place in our lives. They make us well-rounded and offer a release from the daily grind. Letting the creative side of your brain loose creates new synapses and enhances your life on the whole. So find something that interests you and pursue it passionately.

Spend time alone – People can expect too much from us at times. If you are a person who can’t resist helping someone when they ask, get away by yourself and just sit. Let your mind wander wherever it chooses as long as it’s not towards work or your next scheduled event.

Keep a journal – What are your thoughts? What goes through your mind? Write it down. Give voice to your fears, hopes, dreams, sorrows and joys. Here, you can say what you need to in order to free your mind from the clutter.

Concentrate on one thing at a time – Women are often guilty of multitasking everything in their lives. The brain has no time to slow down. Learn to focus on one project only for a day or part of a day.

Leave the house as is for a day – Sure, clothes need to be picked up or the dishes need to be washed, but they can wait one day. Give yourself permission to be a person of leisure for once. But, don’t enjoy it too much!

Play a game – Family game night is one way to get the gang all together for a well-deserved mental respite. Have fun, laugh and engage in healthy competition.

Practice positive thinking – Recognize those negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. Stop sabotaging your life.

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