Everything You Need to Know About Meditation
Meditation has grown in popularity, especially this year when we’re all looking for an escape and to find positivity. I’m delving deeper into everything you need to know about meditation: what is meditation, what are the benefits of meditation and how to meditate.
If you didn’t listen to last weeks interview with Simone Allison, it doesn’t really matter, you can listen in any order. Simone was sharing ‘How to Change Your Life in 3 Steps By Looking Within’.
If you did, here’s what we’re talking about in this episode of Glamour & Gains about.
Meditation: The what, why and how
What is meditation
When to meditate
How to meditate
Benefits of meditation
The purpose of meditation
Meditation | All of your questions answered
Glamour & Gains guest, Simone Allison (Empowerment Coach & International Best Selling Author of ‘Disempowered No More’) is back and this time delving deeper into everything you need to know about meditation.
Simone believes in making it a daily practice, upon waking and before bed time. I started meditating at the start of 2019, it was my new years resolution to do it everyday as I have problems sleeping. While I found it easy to commit to in the evening but honestly, difficult to do in the morning as normally I’m up and off before the alarms even gone off. So if the timing doesn’t work for you, just find a time that does, it shouldn’t be stressing you out when you don’t have time to do it.
To realistically make it work for me, I’m just doing a 4 minute prayer meditation (St. Patricks Prayer) after my morning cardio to seal my practice and set my intentions for the day. Then at night I do my sleep meditation (Moon Connection by Jason McGrice) right before I go to sleep. So maybe it’ll be finding a balance and something that works for you too, somethings better than nothing.
Why is it so beneficial to meditate in the morning? What do you do in your morning meditations?
Besides helping you to sleep, it’s really helpful to decrease anxiety, depression, even promoting productivity and so many other things. I began doing my own daily meditative practice a fews years ago. Since I began my journey, I haven’t stopped because I’m seeing the benefits. So what I do is, in the morning, I’ll wake up and I begin with prayer, followed by meditation. Then what I’ve begun to add to that is a hertz frequency meditation. It’s something that you can find on YouTube. You want to find a hertz frequency meditation thats above 400 hertz. The higher the frequency the more it can work on your heart chakras and the deeper the healing.
I would begin with meditation and end the day with prayer and meditation, it helps me be a better Mom and human being.
When is the best time during your meditation to ask the universe for answers?
Simone: You can speak to the universe whenever you need the guidance or support, even in your car. We are energy and this is how the universe knows our thoughts.
Is there an optimal length of time for meditating? Or is it just as long as you feel you need or have time for?
Simone: I use Headspace, an app that offers guided meditations and what I love about it is you can choose meditations from 3-20 minutes. If you’re short on time you can still make it work. You can also choose different issues you want to focus on.
Eve: I’m using Insight Timer which sounds very similar but is hit and miss for finding good ones but I like that I can choose the gender of the voice, whether there’s music or not, the length, and topic. Because I’m new I like using guided meditations, I just wish I’d discovered and been open to trying it sooner. I’d always put it off as I didn’t think it’d work for me and I’m so glad I did it. So please, just give it a chance.
What are the best free meditation apps?
Have a look at these apps, even if you just try it for 3 minutes the first time. Both of the apps we’re recommending are free. We’re not sponsored by them, we just really like them and enjoy using them. They’re worth giving a go, they do make a huge impact in your life whatever it is you’re looking for. I use mine for sleep and also to seal my workout practice as it takes my heart rate down, it sets my frame of mind for the day, so I’m not going from blood pumping at the gym to running on with my day with stresses that are go go go go go with no respite in that time. The prayer I’m doing at the moment is 3 ½ minutes, so super short, but in that time it literally reframes me for the rest of the day.
Simone: I was the same as you, you know when others spoke of meditation or meditating or incorporating it into their daily practice, I always thought “I don’t have time for this”. I’d always put it off but the a couple of the many benefits of meditation is that it really completely shifts your way of thinking and it’s very healing. I encourage others to just try it out and you know the thing is, in as little as three minutes, you’re able to set the tone for the rest of the day. There’s nothing better in showing up with your best self.
Eve: I need to properly introduce you as I think it’d be really helpful for people to understand how you have so much knowledge on this and to really talk about your journey and how you came to do what you do.
How did you come to become an Empowerment Coach and an international bestselling author?
Simone: So the way it started for me, one book that I read earlier on, before I separated from my husband was ‘Many Lives Many Masters’ by Dr. Brian Weiss (free as an audio book).
Now that was a book that really and truly changed my way of thinking in terms of our world, our universe. It’s what began my spiritual awakening for me, that was the catapult for me. I would encourage others to even invest and even to try to read that book, because what it does is it gives you insights into what we’re all here for. We’re all just souls that really incarnate and come back to learn different lessons. The reason that I learned so much, is I’ve done a lot of reading on this topic, on souls, and bettering yourself, and living a purpose centric life.
I’ve done a lot of reading in those areas and also you know with having a background in mental health therapy, which I practiced for a number of years, I didn’t find true fulfillment as a therapist. But for me, it felt like it wasn’t what my soul came here for. So when I separated from my husband and moved on, it was a very difficult period because for the first time in my life I was on my own.
Traumatic Experiences that led me to meditation
And at the same time, my father, who was diagnosed with 4th stage cancer was hospitalized. So imagine, I move out on my own after a period of 17 years, that was a loss in self and having to experience that loss you go through grief in and of itself. And so I was grieving the loss of my marriage and grieving my father dying at the same time and added to that, one night at my father’s bedside, I witnessed a traumatic incident that haunted me and left me haunted for months and so I was experiencing anxiety, depression, and panic attacks that would wake me up in the middle of the night and I was also experiencing symptoms of PTSD.
It was a lot and it took me a very very long time to heal. Because what was happening is with the traumatic experience, I witnessed him bleeding profusely. After that I began to envision blood around the necks of friends, family members and strangers. There were moments where I thought I could never recover. I became very very afraid and I was stuck in this space of fear for months. It wasn’t like I wasn’t trying to heal, I sought help anywhere I could, from therapy to neuro feedback, as any blood sensitive material would be a trigger for me.
Moving On From Trauma and Heartbreak
Simone: I am so grateful for for the divine guidance that I’ve received. I’m grateful for being alive and grateful for the tools that I’ve learned along the way. And you know the thing is, while I was going through all of this, my husband and I tried to reconcile and when I moved back with him and tried to reconcile, I was on the receiving end of physical, mental, and emotional abuse. But it was at that moment that I decided that I had to get stronger, because I knew that when I got stronger I would walk away from him one more time and never return. And that’s exactly what I did!
So when I left him that second time, with my two children, I began to journal and I journaled everything. What I’d been through, the fears, anxiety, pain, the heartbreak, all of it and even healed parts of myself that I never knew you needed healing. When I began to journal, that’s when I realized that my experiences are so much bigger than just me. I knew that I had to share my story with others and wrote the book ‘Disempowered No More’ where I share everything.
Trust Your Intuition
Simone: I would encourage others to trust their intuition because many times our souls speak to us, whether it’s about leaving a relationship, whether it’s about starting a new job, whatever it is, our soul talks to us all the time and I would encourage others to to really go within, tap-in, and really trust your intuition. It’s our internal guidance system and its here for a reason because our souls speak to us and send us messages that help to guide us and to just trust it and meditation helps to trust your intuition.
Eve: I know this might be a lot of new content! You can find Simone on Facebook which is her favorite social media platform as well as Instagram to keep the conversation going.
Up Next: How to Create Abundance in Your Life. An action tip based interview with Paul Edwards.
If you’re enjoying meditating and want more, this interview about Yoga Nidra includes a free Yoga Nidra sleep mediation download.
Where to find Simone Allison
Eve Dawes is a Blogger, Podcaster, Mrs. England World 2020, a WBFF Pro Diva, SAG-AFTRA actress, NASM certified Personal Trainer, Founder of Dawes Custom Cosmetics and GlamourandGains.com. Eve's also the host of BFF (beauty, fitness & fashion) segment on Spill The Tea Live! The show for British Expats. Eve has over 15 years experience in the fashion world, is an avid traveller and cruelty-free beauty advocate.