FAQ

How do I stop thinking?

You can’t stop your mind from thinking. But what you can do is draw its attention to your mantra – your mantra is giving your mind something to do! And once your mind wanders off and starts thinking again (because it will – and this is NORMAL), just gently bring it back to the mantra again. And again and again and again. Just think that everytime you bring your mind back to your mantra, you’re doing a bicep curl for the muscle of attention in your mind. It will get stronger and stronger over time, and soon you will find your mind doesn’t wander off as much, even when you’re not meditating.

What type of meditation is this?

This is a Focused Attention meditation, where we are giving your mind something to focus on (your mantra).

Does it matter when I do my meditation?

Not really, but because this meditation can increase cognitive function and almost wake you up in some instances, it’s best not to do it before bed. So first thing in the morning, or during the day when you get a spare moment is best.

Can I change my mantra?

Absolutely! As long as it is a sound that has no meaning to you. You want the mantra to not trigger memories or thoughts during your meditation.

What does the mantra mean again?

Soham (pronounced So Hum), is a Hindu mantra, meaning “I am She/He/That” in Sanskrit. In Vedic philosophy it means identifying oneself with the universe or ultimate reality

Do I have to do it for 20 minutes?

Nope – do it for as long as you can. I don’t want you to stress out about not doing it for 20 minutes if you just can’t find the time. Do it for 5 minutes if you can. Or 10 minutes. Just promise yourself that you’ll do it everyday

What if I get interrupted?

That’s totally ok. Just pick up where you left off and keep going.

Can I do this lying down?

Sure! And if you fall asleep, then your body needed to sleep. So that’s ok too.

How often do I need to meditate?

Everyday is ideal, but as often as you can manage.

What do I do if I can’t meditate?

You CAN meditate. If you can sit/lie with your eyes closed and repeat the mantra to yourself, you are meditating. Whether you have lots of thoughts or not, you are still meditating. You are still allowing your mind to rest, and those brain waves to slow down.

If you have any other questions, either jump over to our Facebook group and ask in the forum, or send me an email, erin@balancewithnature.com.au


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