A Beginners 101 Guide to Starting A Mantra or Meditation Practice [Episode #670]
This week’s topic is: A Beginners 101 Guide to Starting A Mantra or Meditation Practice
I feel it’s good to reinforce certain information, tools, practices and ideas because we continue to evolve. And sometimes we hear information and we’re ready to receive it in a different way, or it hits in a different way. It goes deeper and deeper. And today I really want to lay out some practical tools for implementing spirituality in your life.
Spiritual growth is one of our four cornerstones. We’re not talking about religion or anything overly specific. We’re talking about self-awareness, more freedom, more inner connection to your intuition and your heart. To your specific guidance that comes through what the great yoga guru Paramahansa Yogananda calls, the infallible council of the inner voice.
It’s about really learning to tune in and flow through life with more confidence, vitality, joy and peace. Today, I’ll get into some specific tools that allow you to unlock more of your potential, more of your energy in everyday life, because we can talk about these big concepts and philosophy, like unconditional love and oneness and kindness, however, we really do need the practical aspect. How do we live this in our lives? How do we embody this?
It’s the combination of learning the teachings and experiencing these practices that allow it to be alive in our lives. This is a really important topic and I look forward to sharing tips that will help feel more at peace and have more joy in your life.
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Kimberly: 00:01 Hi Beauty. And welcome back to our Thursday Q&A podcast where our topic today is A Beginners 101 Guide to Starting A Mantra or Meditation Practice. Sometimes it’s good to reinforce certain information and tools and practice and ideas because we continue to evolve. And sometimes we hear information and we’re ready to receive it in a different way, or it hits in a different way. It goes deeper and deeper. And today I really wanna lay out some practical tools for implementing spirituality in your life. Spirituality is one of our core cornerstones. It is spiritual growth. We talk about as our fourth cornerstone and in our community. We’re not talking about religion. We’re not talking about anything O overtly specific. We’re talking about. Uh, self-awareness more freedom, more inner connection to your intuition in to your heart, to your specific guidance that comes through what, uh, the great yoga guru Paramahansa Yogananda calls the infallible council of the inner voice.
Kimberly: 01:12 So it’s about really learning to tune in and flow through life with more confidence and more vitality and more joy and more peace. And so we’ll get into some specific tools that allow you to unlock more of your potential more of your energy in everyday life, because we can talk about these big concepts and philosophy, right? Like unconditional love and oneness and kindness, but it’s, we really do need the, the PR practical aspect. How do we live this in our lives? How do we embody this? Because it is the combination of learning the teachings and experiencing it embodied practices that allow it to be alive in our lives. So it’s a really important topic.
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Question #1 around the topic of: A Beginners 101 Guide to Starting A Mantra or Meditation Practice: I’m a true beginner at any kind of spiritual practice and basically need a 101 on which mantras to use or if meditation is better and if these are basically the same thing? Thanks Kimberly! Xo
Kimberly: 05:13 So our first question here comes from Jillian who lives in Ohio. Hello, Jillian, my Midwestern beauty. Thank you for being part of our community. And thank you for submitting your question, sending you a big hug, a big virtual hug, wherever you are in Ohio. Specifically, your question is I’m a true beginner at any kind of spiritual practice. And I basically need a one-on-one on which mantras to use or of meta is better. And if these are basically the same thing, thank you, Kimberly in advance. Well, thank you so much, Jillian, for bringing this to the forefront. This is a, a great question to get our show started. So mantras and meditation are not the same thing. Mantra is a tool and there’s actually a chapter, um, chapter 18 in the notebook about working with mantra. So I will read from the beginning of that chapter mantra translates to instrument or tool of the mind.
Kimberly: 06:14 Mantras are sacred sounds in the form of words, syllables, sayings, prayers, or hymns. They are tools we use to communicate more effectively with the true self. Our minds left to their own devices, have a tendency to run rampid. And then it goes on to say, one of the most important tools at our disposal is the mantra which can help focus our mind and help to quiet all the noisy chatter that goes on in between our two ears. So mantras are a tool that allow the mind to start to calm down our minds and our thoughts as I was just reading, tend to just go and go and go. And so mantra is a way to start training. It’s like when we learn to ride a bike, we start with training wheels, right? We start that process of directing and directing, and then we start to calm down the restlessness and this does take time.
Kimberly: 07:10 It does take practice and then we get to a more settled place. So it is a meditation tool. If you, in, in the purest sense, meditation is about union. It’s about union, between the limited small self, the shell of who we are, the ego, which we tend to over identify with, as far as our behaviors, what we look like, what we’re doing into this connection with the divine part of us, the true self, the expanded part. So yes, mantra is a very powerful way to help create, you know, put us in a state of that union. It’s a tool of meditation. And then what I like to do is I practice the mantra and then I go into, um, I go into different, uh, breathing exercises, which I explain here in the book. And then I go into silence. And so beyond these tools, there is the aspect of meditation, which I personally incorporate, which brings in the devotion.
Kimberly: 08:18 It brings in the love or the prayer after I do these specific techniques and a mantra, I’ll explain in a moment how we can practice a very simple mantra. There’s a period of just interconnection and pure beingness where I sit in that more clear space. And then after a time it arises spontaneously prayers, love devotes. And so that’s, you know, there’s different aspects of creating this union. And I will say again, in the new book, I explain mantras in much more detail. And I explain meditation. If you’re a beginner, Jillian, it’s perfect for you. I explain finding the gaps, first of all, connecting to the gap, the real gaps, what yogans and the yogis teach us is that first connecting to stillness means we can contact that energy and then we start to grow it. So first finding a little bit of space in between the inhales and little micro pause and then the exhale.
Kimberly: 09:21 So let’s do that together just for a moment when you take a deep breath in, notice the little gap and then a nice exhale out and then a little gap with the lungs empty, and then you inhale again. And so then we continue to flow more awareness, oh, there is this place of stillness I can access. And then we expand it more. As we continue to deepen our meditations. And we use mantra at the beginning to start to get the mind under control. When we have more stillness, we have more access to deeper ideas, creativity, wisdom, calmness, always guides us to make better decisions. So we can start with just feeling that little bit of, of a gap. Now, a simple mantra is one word. And again, in the book, I go into more complex ones, more, um, you know, elaborate ways that you can work with mantra, but just know that it’s your intention for using a tool to train the mind.
Kimberly: 10:26 So a simple way you can start is to get into your meditation posture and to close your eyes, to take some deep breaths, and then to direct your attention to the space between your eyebrows and about half an inch higher, which is your third eye. And so this is where I like to chant mantras into my third eye. So imagine there’s a warm white light there, and a very simple one you can start with is peace. So just lifting your internal gaze at your third eye, and then repeating over and over again, internally peace, peace, peace, and really putting your attention there so that you start to become absorbed into the energy of the words and the beingness. And if your mind wanders as it does for most all of us, just redirecting it again and again, to a focal point of your third eye and repeating a simple mantra.
Kimberly: 11:21 And then you can do that for some, let’s say three minutes, five minutes, 10 minutes, whatever it is. And then you can go into some of the other techniques that I mentioned in the book, breathing, moving energy into your central nervous system, into your spine, and then having a period afterwards, as I mentioned of just prayer or devotion or love, and just sitting in that wonderful energy. So there’s a lot more information in the book, Jillian, but I hope this, you know, what’s the taste a little bit, I hope this gets you started. Let me know how you do. And also please be sure to check out our whole library of free guided practical enlightenment meditations over on the Solona app.
Question #2 around the topic of: A Beginners 101 Guide to Starting A Mantra or Meditation Practice: I’ve been doing your meditations Kimberly and can already see an improvement in my life with being more balanced. Can you share how I can go even deeper and what to expect as far as benefits?
Kimberly: 11:21 All right. Our next question comes from Riley, who lives in Tennessee. Hello, Riley, sending you so much love down there and you write, I’ve been doing your meditation is Kimberly and I can already see an improvement in my life with being more balanced. Can you share how I can go even deeper and what to expect as far as benefits?
Kimberly: 12:19 This is so amazing. Riley. I am so excited to hear this. And what we start to see is this, it almost starts to feel like the way I wrote about it in the book was patterns emerging in my life. As I started to meditate, I started to feel on a very deep, intuitive level that there was just more of, of a flow. And it didn’t feel like this arduous thrashing of round or pushing. It just felt like I was starting to, to glide more and there was less questioning and there was less, um, turning outward for validation and validating my decisions and validating if I should feel confident or not, it just started. It felt like I was just pulling in more of my, an old power and I was able to create more things, even the whole way that I wrote this last book.
Kimberly: 13:21 It just felt like it channeled through because I had been progressively improving and deepening my meditations. So with meditation, Riley, we can always, always go deeper and deeper. The benefits are more wisdom, more peace, more fulfillment, more BLIS, better relationships, healthier relationships, including with food and everything else. So the benefits are that everything in your life gets better Riley. And that has truly been my personal experience. Everything over winds up, everything just starts to flow. Everything feels better. So the way to deepen your meditations. And I say this in the guided ones are to stay in there longer. First of all, the more time we can dedicate to our dedications, the deeper and more fulfilling, they will become a Yogananda teaches us to keep up with our daily meditations as much as we can. And then one day on the weekends, let’s say, Saturday, if you can have an even more extensive meditation, a longer one, and you can start to push the edge of how long you can meditate.
Kimberly: 14:34 And then you start to, uh, you know, and body a full meditation for that period of time going forward. So let’s say usually meditate for five, 10 minutes. And then on the weekends, you stretch yourself to meditate for 30 minutes and it feels challenging. Then you go back into your daily, you know, meditations. And then the next week 30 minutes starts to feel a little easier. So ideally we would keep up with our daily practice and then we’d have one day a week where we create the time and space to go deeper longer. The other way is to make sure that we’re bene that meditating as much as possible twice a day. So in the morning we are shifting our energy. We’re directing our energy to this beautiful flow as we enter the day. And at the end of the day, we wanna book end the day with closing out for more.
Kimberly: 15:29 Um, um, how do I, how do I say this? Just the, the expansion that comes in the evening as we drift off into sleep into this other state of consciousness, we want to reconcile our work day and the beta brainwaves, and we want to drop in. Um, and again, we just start to go past limitations that come from always just being in ego and looking around with our peripheral nervous system and being stuck in smallness. When we reverse our energy from always flowing out and we direct it inward, we start to see that all the treasures that Yognanda and the Yogi were talking about inside of us, things that we never understood, things that we start to perceive for the first time, higher understanding, higher wisdom, more creativity, more ideas. It all comes from the inside Riley. So I’m so happy to hear that you’ve started to forge forward.
Kimberly: 16:23 You’re starting to see benefits, and I’m here to encourage you fully to continue, start to lengthen your meditations daily, if possible, do a longer meditation once a week, if possible, be consistent, try to do the evening meditations and also in between to read inspiring writings and teaching some as such as the quotes in the new book. And that also helps to attune you in between the meditations to the philosophy, to the idea. So that starts to enter into your daily life in your daily actions as well. Every day, I try to read some spiritual writing, um, whether it’s from the Bible or the Bava Gita, or, you know, some of the essays of Paramahansa Yogananda. And I do feel that reading sacred writing does also, again, atune our energy on a daily basis. Like we would drinking out water with lemon or taking SBO probiotics, which also shift our energy. Everything input is also spiritual input is also part of that. So thank you so much. My love keep in touch with me. Let me know how you do and sending you so much love right into your heart.
All right, loves. We have two more questions for you. You, after our short break, we will be right back.
Question #3 around the topic of: A Beginners 101 Guide to Starting A Mantra or Meditation Practice: I’ve been a wreck since leaving a destructive relationship and need to clear my head. What helps you when you’re feeling like things are crumbling around you?
Kimberly: 17:43 All right, loves two more questions here. A Beginners 101 Guide to Starting A Mantra or Meditation Practice. We’re talking about mantras meditations. How to use spirituality as a practical tool in your life. And our next question comes from Brooklyn, who lives in Virginia. So hello, my east coast beauty, sending you a big virtual hug from a fellow former new Yorker, and you write, I’ve been a wreck since leaving a destructive relationship, and I need to clear my head. What helps you when you’re feeling like things are crumbling around you? So Brooklyn, thank you so much for this. And I give you another big virtual hug because I know how destabilizing it can feel when things around us like, you know, we make big shifts, relationships, crumble, and end, and it is this process you’re going through of, of a deep rebirth. So when I’ve been through this, first of all, we need the time to go in almost like sucking into this black hole and processing a lot, and then eventually rebirth as the butterfly again.
Kimberly: 18:54 But in my experience, and I do outline this in the notebook. When I left my, uh, you know, broke up with my, um, previous partner, which left me as a single mom with Emerson, my first son for a time, whew, that felt like everything was crumbling around. And first I simplified my life. I treated, I, I gave myself space and time. I didn’t wanna be fake. I didn’t wanna push myself to go out and try to be happy, or, you know, do the things I was normally doing. So I really created space. I communicated with friends and family that I was doing that. And then I, we just took time to, to go inward. So I spent a lot of time over those first few months, about five months reading a lot, just resetting meditating. There’s a great, uh, meditation part of our free meditation library.
Kimberly: 19:49 Brooklyn called the grounding meditation, getting grounded that I recommend for you. This was also the time that I stopped doing yoga Asana us and I started doing beach walks. So it felt really healthy to me to put my feet on the ground and to literally found my stability. So grounding might feel really healthy to you right now, whether it’s going to the park, laying in the grass, walking on the beach in Brooklyn are, you know, any way that you can sort of be in nature and sit and let nature recalibrate you. We know there’s, you know, ions and there’s a whole different frequency. Uh, Shoeman frequency, I believe, was in my neurofeedback training that comes that’s emanated from the earth. So something as simple as just breathing and letting yourself get a little sunshine, of course, wearing sun protection, wearing a hat, sitting in the grass, sitting on the lawn, um, can feel healing.
Kimberly: 20:48 And so that was my experience. I started doing these beach walks every day when my mom passed and then also going through the breakup and then the circulation and the movement just started to feel like it was helping me move patterns and move stagnant energy. Also a lot of reflecting. So, and I talk about these practices in the book, letting myself feel and whether, you know, the grief grieving the end of the relationship, and then a lot of reflection and a lot of journaling about, you know, what am I making this mean? And underneath it, there was the old triggers, the old wounds of, you know, maybe I messed up and maybe I’m not lovable. And you know, maybe I did mess this up and this isn’t the way I wanted it to be da, da. And so I could start to see pick apart what was in my mind and the limited beliefs inside of there.
Kimberly: 21:41 And then I could start to work with that and I could start to bring my own validation and my own, um, reframing. So again, a very powerful tool Brooklyn that I can supply you in this regard is the new book, because there’s so much practical information around creating a world out of destruction, out of where everything just went to crap, you know, to something I have been through myself and I will say Brooklyn, that we can re bill to be more strong and more resilient. And my experience was after allowing myself to have that five month period, I came out into the world with a whole different sense of wholeness. It wasn’t about perfection anymore. It wasn’t about trying to always show myself in this best light. It was being real. And as being showing up for myself, and I felt a different sense of confidence that came from that wholeness.
Kimberly: 22:36 And it was from that place where I went to that random dinner party and did end up meeting my husband, John. It was from that place that I rebuilt my life into this place of a lot more clarity and a lot more lightness, a lot more, just joy and peace. And so I say to you love as someone that’s a, you know, a few steps ahead of you. This can turn around to be the greatest gift for you. You know, if the relationship was destructive, this is your opportunity to break a destructive pattern to really go in and see, you know, you know, where as I, why did I attract this? What can I learn? What can I let go? What is my intentions for the future? What would I like to create and really take this deep learning and the deep wisdom that can come from this relationship. So please take the time to sit to process. There’s no reason to hurry ahead, Brooklyn, there, reason to rush to anything. There’s no destination, just allowing yourself to heal, to feel, to be, to reset, to reflect, and again, to create intentions, um, as things continue to, to heal about what you would like it to be moving forward. So keep in touch with me my love and try those free meditations. Check out the specific practices in the new book, sending you so much love. And remember time does heal. Things do get easier as we move forward. And, um, just, yeah, sending you so much, love a big hug and keep in touch with me as things continue to evolve as they will.
Question #4 around the topic of: A Beginners 101 Guide to Starting A Mantra or Meditation Practice: I’ve been wanting to start a spiritual practice and not sure where to start? Do you suggest mantras or meditations?
Kimberly: 23:25 Okay. And our next and final question comes from Claire who lives in New Hampshire. Hi Claire. And thank you so much for being here with us and you’re right. I’ve been wanting to start a spirit practice, and I’m not sure where to start. Do you suggest mantras or meditations?
Kimberly: 24:34 So the best play, first of all, Claire, thank you so much for being here. Thank you for your question. And I’m so excited that you’re being pulled towards a spiritual practice. I believe eventually that we all come back and our, and different ways and all the different tools, but we come back to the light. It’s like how the flowers and the trees point towards the light eventually, right? So we may try different things, you know, for me, food and addictions and, um, you know, with food cravings and lots of pretzels and chips, and then trying to squash that with dieting and also partying and feeling the, you know, temporary feeling better with lots of beer and all the different things I’ve tried in my life. And then we realize that, oh, I want steadiness. And then we start to be somewhere in our intuition. This little pull comes.
Kimberly: 25:25 I wanna feel that peace. I wanna feel that joy that other people are talking about here and there. I want that too. It is the spiritual practice that will give you that because Claire, the spiritualness is you connecting to the light inside of you. So it’s the resource that you take around with you. It’s the piece that goes with you. It’s your ability to always tap into that no matter what’s going on in the surface of law life. So I recommend number one, that you try our free guided meditations over on the Solluna app. They’re generally about seven minutes. And I take you through, um, practical enlightenment meditation, which is inspired by the work of the great yoga guru, yoga Nanda. First part is a little bit of physical movement, like closing your hands or your shoulders, just to help settle the body. Then we do some breath work to help you embody and go deeper into your beingness.
Kimberly: 26:19 And then number three, we create a specific intention and we breathe into it. And we start to unite with that energy because we are in this cosmos of infinite potentiality. And so we start to direct energy through that directed union that we create inside of us in our spines and in our brain. So I encourage you Claire, to out the free guided meditations, which are there for you. And of course, to go into the book, which explains the philosophy of meditation. There’s so much out there today. Some of it’s helpful. Some of it, um, a question is helpful or not these new ideas, but meditation is, is ancient. And it’s so important that we go an ancient lineage, an undiluted lineage to get the fullest benefits. So in the new book, I talk about Korea yoga. The only type of yoga mentioned twice in the yoga Sutra by pot, potentially.
Kimberly: 27:15 And it is a powerful practice of directing your energy. So you learn about that and, you know, over full four subsequent chapters, learning how to go deeper in meditation and connecting inward. So between the free meditations and, and the guidance there, you have a lot to work with Claire. And I will say these, this, this way of meditating really did open up and expand my entire life. It’s one. And I went from being a broke backpacker, backpacker into being an author, into creating my own brand, my own business, and so many things working with amazing clients. And so it is us that limits ourselves. It is us that keeps ourselves small and meditation is the daily practice of expanding our energy so that we can go beyond these health imposed limitations and really learn to open up our entire entire life. So it is well worth the effort. It helps everything in our lives function better, including digestion and circulation, our relationship with food, so on and so forth. And I am so, so excited to be of your meditation journey, my love and to, you know, um, share more of these resources. So please check it out, let me know how you do. And I can’t wait to hear from you more Claire.
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Kimberly: 28:37 All right. So before we end our show today, I wanna leave you with a quote of the day. And this one comes from meditation. Part one, the foundation chapter seven of the new book, page 87. “Many people unsuccessfully strive for a material goal all their lives, failing to realize that if they had put forth one-tenth of the concentration used in seeking worldly things into an effort to find God first, they could then have had fulfillments of not only some, but all of their hearts’ desires.” Again, this is by Paramahansa Yogananda. So there you have it. The practicality of spirituality is not just in feeling peaceful, but also being able to harness your energy and direct it and open up your whole life. Be able to create your, your dreams and your goals, which come from your interstate. You can say that you want things. You can say what you want, but if your energy doesn’t align, you can’t really create that. So what we’re doing in meditation with mantras with all these tools is aligning energy, releasing stuckness, letting go of what doesn’t serve a tuning to peace and oneness and love Andre from the most powerful energies available. Love peace, unity, calmness. So thank you so much for being here. I send you so much love and so much gratitude. Please check out the resources I mentioned, especially the app and the new book. We’ll include other, uh, recipe meditations links over in the show notes that I think you would enjoy over at mysolluna.com. I’ll also see you on social.
Kimberly: 30:31 I will see you in cyber space, sending you lots and lots of love. See you soon. Namaste.