Guided Meditation Personal Case Study
Last summer, 2017, I purchased Getting into the Vortex. It’s a 4 part guided meditation CD and book by Esther and Jerry Hicks. You are instructed to listen only once a day (15 minutes) and following the breathing pattern spoken by Esther.
While I did use it once I got it, I think I rushed into it and after a month or so stopped. I didn’t hate it, I just wasn’t ready to make it a part of my life. You can read why I chose this meditation here.
A few months later, maybe in November or December, I started up again. Since then, I have done it twice each day – morning and evening. (They suggest doing it only once a day, but, I see no harm in sitting quietly for another 15 minutes at the end of the day.)
The meditations are divided into four areas:
- General Well Being
- Physical Well Being
- Financial Well Being
Each is fifteen minutes long, two-thirds of which is Esther speaking about the specific topic and reminding you to breathe in and out. The breathing is the actually the heart of the meditations and is the same rhythm for all topics.
Month One: Calm and Less Anger
As I said, when I first listened to the guided meditation CD, my approach was misguided. This time, my purpose was to simply to feel good. I focused on the General Well Being meditation. I did this morning and evening for 2 weeks or so. It was during the third week that I noticed a calmness in myself. My anger has practically dissipated.
Learning to sit and breathe
I just want to point out that when I started using the Guided Meditations 6 months ago or so, I did not sync with it easily. What I mean is, my breathing was not in line with the music count breathe in 1..2..3..breathe out 4..5..6..7..8…breathe in 1..2..3..breathe out….
As far as sitting for 15 minutes, I was fairly antsy. Yet, moving my body doesn’t bother me. I think too many instructors (and practitioners) place an emphasis keeping your body still. Stillness is of the mind. You can be gardening, cleaning, dancing, etc. and have a clear mind. Meditation is not about looking spiritual.
Month Two: Better Breathing
I was surprised to have done it consistently this long; keeping up my twice a day schedule. Here’s a quick bullet list of results:
- I am still fidgety but does not bother me
- my breathing is in sync rhythm 70-80% of the time
- more at ease mentally
- my focus is leaning more on the breathing rather than the words I hear
- I find myself looking forward to it
Month Three: Choose a Different Story
There wasn’t much change this month. My ability to sync my breathing with the rhythm is probably about 80-90%. My mind does wander, but I just bring it back to my breathing. The one thing I did notice myself doing, and it wasn’t during meditation.
About a week ago I noticed that when I focused on a negative thought, bad feeling or even when I became annoyed with someone else, I would say to myself, “I choose another story.” Or, “I want another story.” It’s as if I unconsciously caught myself heading towards negative thoughts and momentum, but pulled back. I put a stop to those thoughts as soon as I could.
Abraham teaches that that is the best way to stop unwanted negative thoughts from spiraling and attracting others – to stop them as soon as you can. Don’t let them continue because they’ll only attract similar thoughts and vibrations.
The main two meditations I listen to are General Well Being in the morning and the Financial Well Being one at night. I usually read a few pages of the book each night, too, before I meditate. I’ve been doing that all along. I find the book really helpful. It’s great at given simple explanations and simple to read.