Meditation and the law of attraction

September 17, 2013
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Any law of attraction practitioner will tell you that meditation is one of the most powerful tools to manifest your dreams.

Why is that?

The law of attraction states that it is your thoughts and feelings that attract everything you experience and receive – positive and negative. So, in order to be more successful in attracting positive things into your life, you need to have more positive thoughts and therefore feelings. This is not always easy to achieve. I have just had a pretty “down” morning and have tried to be positive, but, just trying does not always help. Meditation is a therapeutic practice that helps clear your mind and make you generally more balanced and, ultimately, happier.

If you have read my website, you have noticed that I am trying to set the law of attraction in context with scientific and psychological findings to convince even the most hard-core sceptic that living in harmony with, and consciousness of, the law of attraction can only improve your life. Meditation can be a highly effective process on your journey to a great and meaningful life.

Up until about a year ago, I looked at meditation as something that some spiritual people get into, the same way that people prey. As I did not consider myself spiritual, I did not think that meditation would be “for me”. Here is what changed my attitude towards it and made me embrace it:

Science and meditation

Until a few decades ago, the universally accepted fact was that the brain and the nervous system was fixed in adulthood and that no new neurons could develop after birth. It was thus that you could not “teach an old dog new tricks”.

Enter neuroplasticity, or brain plasticity. It has now been shown that experience can change the brain’s physical structure and functional organisation. This is a fundamental discovery and actually very good news for all of us. It means that you can “rewire” your brain through your experiences. This finding has countless medical applications (rehabilitation after injury etc) and can enable you to fundamentally change your life. And this is where meditation can help!

Scientific research with the help of the Dalai Lama has shown that meditation (even the short-term practice) can change the brain to cope better with anxiety, fear, depression, anger and even support the body’s ability to heal itself.

My explanation is obviously not very scientific, but if you want to learn more about the exact way that meditation can rewire your brain, there is an excellent article on Wikipedia.

A study by Richard Davidson and Jon Kabat-Zinn showed that only 8 weeks of mindfulness-based mediation increased brain activity in an area that is associated with positive emotions. So positive emotions are a skill that can be learned! As mentioned before it can therefore help you apply the law of attraction to the fullest benefit.

There are countless other examples of how meditation and mindfulness can improve your life: It has proven to be effective in treating drug and cigarette addiction and eating disorders; it improves performance under stress, helps fight insomnia and even offsets the reduction of grey matter that typically comes with ageing!

Clearly, meditation is not a woolly spiritual concept that is ideally practiced in a monastery in Tibet, but a practice that everyone can incorporate into their daily lives. It is encouraging that research has shown that even a few weeks of practice will already help.

What is meditation and mindfulness?

Mindfulness means being present in the now, not being distracted by your thoughts, resting the mind in its natural state.

How many times have looked for your car keys and have found them in the fridge or some other strange place? This has happened because you were not “in the present”, but you were walking around the house with your thoughts somewhere else. Our minds are constantly busy and if we are not careful, we constantly live in the past or the future as that is where our minds tends to be. If you are mindful, you are “in the moment” free from mental distractions.

Meditation is a technique that will help you live a more mindful life. If you sit down to meditate and close your eyes, you will be in the present moment and your mind will rest. Mindfulness is like a mini-meditation that you should try to practice throughout the day while you are going about your life. If you walk down the street for example, feel the fresh air that you breathe, the way the soles of your feet touch the ground, the noises around you, see the trees, other people etc. Live in the moment – that’s what mindfulness really is.

How can you learn to meditate and be mindful?

Clearly, resting your mind in its natural state is easier said than done and some formal instruction is recommended to learn to effectively meditate. You can join meditation classes in your neighbourhood, but a very good alternative is get a guided meditation audio, such as the CD “Mindfulness for Beginners” by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Personally, I can recommend Andy Puddicombe’s programme “Headspace”. Puddicombe is a Brit who was an ordained Buddhist monk and lived in various monasteries in the Himalayas for 10 years. He is now the only clinically registered meditation consultant in the UK and aims to demystify meditation. His programme realises that not everybody can sit and meditate for hours on end every day and is designed to accommodate “normal” busy and hard-working people. The New York Times found that Puddicombe does for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food, and I whole-heartedly agree.

I first read his book Get Some Headspace: How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life in Ten Minutes a Day
to get some background information and lay the foundation. It is an easy and entertaining read. I then signed up for his online programme (you can try if for free!) which really got me into the practice of meditation and mindfulness.

Conclusion

I hope that it has become clear that if you want to reap the benefits of the law of attraction, meditation is an invaluable tool and that, again, I have shown that even if you are a sceptic, incorporating the law of attraction into your life you can only benefit!

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