I was wondering if someone could give me some pointers on meditation. I do okay for about 10 minutes, and then I lose my focus. How can I maintain a longer meditation? Thanks.-Rhiannon

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A candle flame might help keep the focus longer, instead of closing your eyes and letting the mind wander.
Whenever your thoughts cause the eyes to stray... bring them back to the flame.
Let your thoughts focus on counting your breaths, example, slowly breath in 1, 2, 3, 4, 5... hold 1,2,3...
breath out 1,2,3,4,5...

With enough practice, the mind will see this exercise as automatic, and you can try something else.

Hope this helps,
Peace
Thank you so much Spirit Wynd and John. I appreciate the advice and will try them both. I'll let you know if they work. Thanks again. Blessed Be!-rhiannon
Great advice. It took me a long time to be able to let thoughts go without stringing them together and following the bunny trail.
I know different things work for different people, but music and drumming helps me get into a trance state.
I used my IPOD with some meditation music. My favorite is the Tibetian Bowls. It helps drown out the noise in the house. I can meditate for about an hour or so once I am in the zone.
The bowls are wonderful!
They are, it gives my mind something to focus on and since the music is non-linear, you really dont get into a rhythm like you do with most music...no repetition.
Have you tried a guided meditation? I find that it helps me focus when I'm having trouble. You can even take yourself on one. Plan out your "trip" before you go, you can record it to playback for yourself, or just make it up as you go. I enjoy incense, and music (instrumentals) when I meditate. I do also practice breathing exercises and they have worked great.

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