Connecting with your Higher Self: Spiritual Meditation for a Spiritual Awakening

Woman connecting with her higher self for spiritual meditation.

Why try a spiritual meditation technique?

Do you ever feel yourself sinking to lower vibrations? Each time it feels like your life is changing for the better, you just can’t completely pull yourself out of the worn-in groove you’re stuck in?

There’s a reason that high performing people meditate on a daily basis. What do 99% of CEOs, celebrities, athletes, and high-performing individuals have in common? They work some sort of meditation practice into their daily routine, and are using it to their advantage.

Whether you are completely new to meditation or you are a long way down the path of your spiritual journey, you can benefit from spiritual meditation. Incorporate meditation practices into your daily life, and watch your energy, productivity, and output increase tenfold.

Deepen the connection with your higher self

Deepening the mind-body connection

Whether you have high spiritual aspirations or you have never even thought about your spiritual journey, practicing spiritual meditation can deepen your relationship with your higher self.

So, what exactly is the “higher self” you might ask?

Simply put, the higher self is a part of us, separate from our ego, that knows the correct path of life for us to take. It is built into us, deep down.

The higher self is easy to lose sight of, though. It can get buried underneath our ego, our stress, and the “noise” incorporated with day-to-day life. Any time you begin to lose drive, focus, and motivation, you are likely just losing the connection to your higher self.

You may even hear your higher self calling for you in the distance, telling you to get up and work towards your dreams. If you’re familiar with this feeling, you know it can still be difficult to pay attention to our higher self and make the changes necessary to attain spiritual growth.

Our goal is to help you develop the spiritual awareness necessary to realize when you’re losing connection with your higher self, and begin a meditation practice leading you to a more mindful life.

Benefits associated with learning how to meditate

Man learning how to meditate.

Not only will spiritual meditation lead you to a stronger connection with your higher self and a higher spiritual vibration. Spiritual meditation poses several tangible health benefits as well.

Reduced Anxiety

Spiritual meditation is a tried and true method to relax and release tension. When used strategically in moments of anxiety, spiritual meditation is a great way to focus yourself on the present moment.

Breathing techniques in meditation has also been proven scientifically to improve stress and relieve anxiety.

The reduction in anxiety has a domino effect in which it also lowers blood pressure. A lower blood pressure reduces your risk of heart attack, stroke, and even vision loss.

Reduced Risk for Memory Loss

Meditation is a great way to increase focus, awareness, and mindfulness, all of which over time lead to better memory. You are essentially activating the different regions in the brain that affect and improve cognitive functioning, including storing memories.

Meditation has also been shown to reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease by contributing to increased neuroplasticity.

It’s clear that not only will spiritual meditation promote inner wisdom (higher self, inner peace), but it can contribute to outer wisdom (intelligence factor, memory) as well!

Improved Sleep

Meditation practice for years has been used as a method of fighting insomnia and depression. By programming your mind to be in a more relaxed state, spiritual meditation is a great sleep hack that will yield instant results.

Your sleep affects quite literally every aspect of your life, and can lead to instant 10x improvement.

Here at MetaSpirituals, we recommend improving your sleep schedule as one of the highest forms of self care. It is incredible what what an improved circadian rhythm will do for your well being. Mixing in some bedtime meditation will cause your sleep quality to skyrocket.

Treat yourself to some bedtime meditation, and see how your body feels.

Can Help Fight Addiction

For individuals who have addictive personalities, meditation can help you regulate your habits in a few ways:

  • Can help reduce cravings by focusing on the benefits of not indulging

  • Stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, replacing the item you are craving

  • Improves self awareness and cognitive functioning, leading you away from your addiction

For those who are fighting legitimate addictions, meditation can be a tool to help overcome some of the harsh mood swings and mitigate some withdrawal symptoms. Spiritual meditation can be a key tool in your ability to develop a sense of self regulation and self awareness, and can also bring mindfulness into your life.

Genres of Spiritual Meditation Practice

Meditation can be broken into 2 main genres, Focused and Physical. In both genres, the primary goal is to bring awareness to the present moment, then immerse yourself in the positive energy and spiritual connection you feel.

Focused Meditation

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Focused meditation involves focusing on one thing as the source of your spiritual meditation. Most commonly when practicing this genre, individuals focus on themselves or one of their 5 senses.

You can also choose to focus on an external, inanimate (or animate) object. While most of your focus meditation should be on yourself (since that is what we’re aiming to improve), it is fun to shake things up and focus on external stimuli as well.

Immersing yourself in the object of your choosing, removing all self judgment, controlling your breath, and bringing yourself to the present moment are all characteristics of a positive, focused meditation.

Physical Meditation

A woman doing yoga.

A well-known example of a physical meditation is yoga. Yoga incorporates spiritual meditation in a more physical form, as it demands focus on the present moment and must be done with intention. It also demands deep breaths, and opens the mind to a deeper understanding of our physical selves.

Yoga can be a great meditation for beginners, especially those who are athletes or enjoy being active. It is readily available as a guided meditation as well, whether that be online or at an in-person venue.

Other forms of physical meditation include Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Walking Meditation, and Mindful Movement.

Meditation Tips and Techniques

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Here are some spiritual meditation tips and techniques that are very important to remember, for beginners and seasoned meditation veterans alike:

  • Find a quiet, peaceful environment to meditate in. You want to find an area free of distraction so you will not be disturbed during your practice.

  • Ensure your body is in a comfortable position. Similar to the above point, you don’t want to have to constantly be re-adjusting yourself throughout your spiritual meditation.

  • Be kind to yourself if your mind wanders off. It’s inevitably going to happen to you at some point, no matter how experienced you are with your meditation. Just gently bring your mind back to the moment.

  • Set a timer for yourself, and keep it short and sweet. Oftentimes we get carried away or try to force ourselves to meditate past the point of effectiveness. Especially when starting out, keep it short and work your way longer if that works for you.

  • When you finish up, close gently and take a moment for yourself. Don’t just immediately get up and move on to the next thing once you’re finished. You just had a spiritual experience, so take just a moment to see how your body feels before opening your eyes and moving around.

2 Types of Guided Meditations for Beginners

Maybe you’ve had a couple spiritual experiences here or there, but never considered making spiritual practice a part of your daily routine. I encourage you to take a few moments to try one of these guided meditations, and see if you feel like they could deepen your spiritual awareness.

If one of these meditations resonates with you, incorporate it into your daily life to improve your well being.

Body Scan Meditation

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Introduction

Body scan meditation is a form of meditation that is used to bring mindfulness to your body. The meditation is rooted in the Buddhist tradition, and involves accepting your body as it is in the moment.

This is an easy-to-practice spiritual meditation and can help bring a sense of calm awareness to your body and spirit.

7 Step Body Scan Meditation Guide

  1. Get comfy. I always recommend laying down in a bed, but it can also be done sitting. Just make sure you are in a comfortable position that’s perfect for relaxation.

  2. Start with the feet. Focus on how your feet feel. Breathe in deeply, and exhale slowly. As you exhale, focus on releasing the tension from your feet. Be mindful of any feelings in your feet and toes, such as warmth, coolness, tingling, or even pain.

  3. Move up the legs. Once you have scanned your feet, move up your legs, repeating what you did with your feet. Remember to continue to take deep breaths, and release tension as you go. Remain mindful of any sensations you may have.

  4. Time for the lower back and abdomen. When focused here, really hone on in your breathing. Pay attention to the rise and fall of your belly with each breath you take. Breathe in the fresh air, breathe out the tension.

  5. Now move to the chest/upper back. Tension loves to build up in your shoulder blades. As you exhale, focus on relieving this tension. Notice how your chest expands with each inhale, and contracts on your exhale.

  6. Scan the shoulders, arms, and hands. Starting from the shoulder, work your way down your hands. Focus on each individual tiny muscle in your arms, and work on releasing any tension that may be there.

  7. Finally, finish with the neck, face, and head. For me, this is the area where I usually carry the most tension. The hundreds of facial muscles can hold much more tension than we realize. With a deep breath in and then out, we want to let go of the remaining tension in our body.

When you’re done with this spiritual meditation, make sure to take a minute to notice how your body feels. Be sure to take this time to appreciate the stress reduction you just experienced!

Walking Meditation

Check out our 5 minute guided walking meditation!

An Introduction

Walking meditation is a form of physical meditation that brings a sense of awareness the act of walking itself. If you’re like me and can pay focus more moving around and not just sitting there, give this one a try.

4 Step Walking Meditation Guide

  1. Start by setting your intention. You should choose a quiet, safe, and preferably scenic place for your walk. Deliberately set an intention for this meditation, something like “gaining clarity,” or simply, “finding relaxation.”

  2. Begin your walk. Start by walking a bit slower than your normal pace. Notice the feeling of your feet touching the ground, or the sound it makes. Feel the muscles that you are using to move your foot up, forward, and then back down again. You should aim to walk for about 5 minutes or so.

  3. Sync your breathing with your steps. Choose a set number of steps you take as you inhale and exhale. For instance, I usually inhale 4 steps and then exhale 4 steps. Syncing up your breathing with your walking helps maintain a mindful rhythm to your spiritual meditation.

  4. Mind wandering? Acknowledge it, and return. This is gonna happen. Don’t beat yourself up about forgetting the purpose of what you set out to do. Have some self compassion, return your thoughts to your meditation, and continue on. Remember not to judge yourself, as it goes against the entire reason you are meditating in the first place!

When you’re done with your meditation, stop for a second and look around. Take a deep breath, absorb the scenery, and thank yourself for the spiritual meditation.

How to Make Mindfulness a Habit

A person who has made a habit of being mindful.

Now we know about the importance of mindfulness and spirituality, but how can we make it a habit so we can reap the benefits? Here are some simple tricks to remain mindful and prosper:

  • Start with short daily practices. Keep it short and sweet, and you’ll find it easier to be consistent. Maybe you find you do better with morning meditation. Figure out these things about yourself, then use them to your advantage! Check out our list of self the best self care items to help out, too.

  • Explore spirituality through meditation. Maybe you are highly spiritual, and want to incorporate your beliefs into your meditation. Do some research on how people with similar beliefs to you meditate, or get creative and come up with something yourself!

  • Keep a journal. This will help you keep up with your progress and remember breakthroughs you have. Write down everything! It would be pointless to have a spiritual awakening, and forget about it a week later because you didn’t write it down.

  • Be patient and non-judgmental with yourself. Adding spiritual meditation and mindfulness to your routine can be difficult. Adding a new habit or breaking an old one is never as easy as it sounds. Be sure to remain patient, and give yourself credit where it’s due!