This One Thing Could Be Holding You Back In Your Meditation

Do you feel you aren’t getting as deep as you would like in your meditation? Do you feel that something is holding you back, but you just can’t pinpoint what it might be?

Well in today’s clip I explain a  common reason why many people are held back in their meditation. In fact it was something that held me back as well. After watching this clip, you may find you surrender more to the process of meditation and reap the rich rewards of deep stillness.

Check it out and please feel free to share below if you are able to go deep in your meditation.

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5 Tips To Achieve A Regular Meditation Practice

Screen Shot 2015-05-05 at 9.47.05 pmI meet many people that tell me they have tried meditation but sadly they found it too difficult to continue. So I decided to put together some tips that might be able to help you establish a regular meditation practice. 

  1. Do away with distractions. When meditating, remove all possible distractions from your external environment. Choose a quiet place and dedicate that place to your meditation practice. When you are able to associate that place with meditation you will be more likely to stay on track.
  2. Make your practice your own. Some people get too caught up in what they think they should do while meditating. Believe it or not, what matters is what is going on in your mind as you meditate, not what you’re wearing or how you’re sitting or how long you can do it for. Most often those who have a deep experience during meditation go back for more.
  3. Release tension in your breath. The importance of letting go of exertion in your breath when you meditate should not be overlooked. As you deepen in meditation, your breath will become fainter. Allow the breath to be smooth and gentle.
  4. Let go of your thoughts. Ask anyone and they will tell you that the most difficult aspect of meditation is trying to ‘control’ the thoughts that enter your head. It’s only natural: you may have a clear head one minute and the next you’ll find that you’re thinking about what you are going to cook for dinner or how you have to go into work early the following morning. When it happens, let that be ok. Be aware of the thought and release it.
  5. Listen to your Stillness Sound. When you listen to a Stillness Sound or mantra, as you meditate, you connect with your mind on a deeper level. Your Stillness Sound will help you to achieve a state of relaxation right away and to start nurturing the sense of bliss that comes from your mind naturally wanting to dive deeper with that sound.

So there you have it, some simple tips to help you set up and maintain a regular meditation practice. Just as consistently as the sun rises every morning and sets every evening, we aspire to have that consistency in our meditation practice so that we can experience more bliss and calm in our lives. 

To find out more about our signature meditation program – 21 Steps to Faster Deeper Bliss – simply click here. 

One Thing I Discovered While Moving My Home

Did you know that in recent studies moving house is considered the third most stressful experience you can go through, after the death of a loved one and then divorce?

Well I’ve just spent the last 2 weeks moving and I can certainly say it’s NOT the most relaxing experience I’ve been through! But of course I did  discover something very positive about this process and I’ll share it with you in this clip.

After watching this short clip you’ll relate to moving house in a whole new light and yes, there will still be packing and unpacking to do, however how you feel about it may well change for the better. Check it out and please let me know your thoughts after.

Find out how to declutter your mind and body with this deeply relaxing 21-day meditation program called Faster Deeper Bliss. This program has changed thousands of peoples lives all over the world.  Find out more by clicking here.

Who Is This Man And Why Is He So Successful?

Don’t you love a “Hero’s Tale”?

You know those stories where someone climbs out of the ashes and rebuilds their life to one of greatness? These stories offer us hope and inspiration.

Well I have one for you that stands out. Introducing Brendon Burchard. This guy was on death’s door after a car accident at the age of 19, and three questions inspired him to look at his life at such a young age:

Did I live?
Did I love?
Did I matter?

Three powerful questions that really make you sit up and think. What are you here for? Are you loving fully in every moment? Why are you waking up each day and are you living a relevant life?

Brendon has gone on to do some amazing things. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Millionaire Messenger, and the #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive. He is also a public speaker, and online trainer on the topics of motivation, high performance, and online marketing.

One thing Brendon puts a lot of his success down to is meditation. He’s been meditating for 10 years now and says:

“It is the magic method for improving people’s lives mentally and psychologically, and many people would argue spiritually as well.”

I have to agree with Brendon because it was transformational in my life. With just 20 minutes twice a day of setting time aside for stillness, my whole life changed for the better. Who would have thought that by doing something so effortless and seemingly inactive that it could have so much power in changing your active life. Brendon explains it so well here how simple it is:

“I close my eyes and do the meditation and in 20 minutes I’m fresh and feel like I just woke up in the morning, like I had a great nap and bam! Now I can write creatively, unattached to all the previous activities.”

We feel so pulled into the world of action to seek fulfilment and yet when we close our eyes and go into the stillness, do we truly find peace and happiness. As Brendon says:

“It’s a sensation, a presence, an aliveness and freshness that most people have never experienced in their lifetime.”

So if you are trying to find happiness and success or trying to find love and money, then start by setting aside time each day to connect to your inner stillness in meditation, then watch what flows from that space.

If you already have a meditation practice, then that’s awesome! Even if it’s just 5 minutes a day to go to that quiet space within. If you need some assistance with meditation, then you may like to join my 21 day meditation journey where I will be there with you every day for 21 days to help you experience a deep, relaxing, meditation technique called Faster Deeper Bliss.

You can check it out here.

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5 Tips To Improve Your Meditation Practice

There are many ways to meditate from concentration techniques, to chanting, to mantra based meditations. Regardless of your technique, there are ways to improve your experience that will benefit all types of meditations.

Today I have 5 tips that will take your meditation practice to a new level. You can apply these tips to any meditation technique you like.

You may have some other recommendations that I left out, so if you do, please share them with us below in the open forum. We’d love to hear more.


If you haven’t yet learnt how to meditate or would like to try other forms of meditation then you might like to check out some of the meditations in our store page. We have guided meditations and transcending style meditations for you to choose from. Click here to go to the store.

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Who Is The Real You? Perhaps This Will Help…

The great question on many of our lips is WHO AM I? Our journey through life is a process to find that answer. Well this wonderful clip may offer some assistance with that quest of yours. Or it may simply confuse you. It will be different for everyone. Please share with us below how you felt about this speech by the wise oracle Alan Watts. Did it help things become clearer as to WHO YOU ARE?

To explore this more deeply you might like to read my book Spirit and Soul which explore the seven states of consciousness form the Vedic World view. After reading this book you will feel lighter, clearer and less stressed about life. To find out more click here.

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How I Found My Inner Peace Anywhere, Anytime – 4 Tips To Achieve It

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In the busy bustling world that we live in it’s almost difficult to achieve inner peace without being in a quiet place. From environmental pollution to social media distractions the ‘noise’ is endless and can really make it difficult to find that zen place in yourself.

But after years of practicing stillness I made it a point to try this in locations where I knew noise and distraction was imminent. And what I discovered was we all have it in us and can achieve that inner peace even in the most chaotic environment. So the next time you’re in a distracting place, try these four exercises to see if it brings you closer to inner peace!

1. Acknowledge the sound around you and make it part of your meditation

Let’s face it, it’s almost impossible to find somewhere to meditate without any background noise. Noise being heard from the other room, the washing machine whirring, the hum of air-conditioning and the busses passing by. It can be quite distracting but it can also disappear if you don’t see those sounds as ‘noise’. Think of it this way, if you’re sitting on a bus thinking, and there is noise all around you, like people talking or listening to music on headphones, it doesn’t impede your ability to sit there and think. It’s not like you say to yourself, I just wish the bus engine and those people would stop because I can’t think. Noise doesn’t impede our ability to think, and so it doesn’t impede our ability to repeat our mantra effortlessly. And while we let our thoughts float by while we’re repeating our mantra, we should also allow the noise around us to continue without bothering us. Try it and let me know if it works!

2. Let go of expectations

Most of us are very attached to the outcome of our meditations. A lot of my students will say to me they had a ‘good’ meditation or a ‘bad’ meditation. We live in goal oriented society and we even relate to our meditation this way. Each and every meditation will be different. Some you will have lots of thoughts, some you may fall asleep, some you may go into a deep transcended space of stillness and some may be darn frustrating. Starting your meditation with the intention of ‘take it as it comes, and as it comes take it’. The mere intent to sit for 20 minutes in meditation is having a huge effect on your mind and body. This is not a race, its a process.

3. Get comfortable with your space

Let’s face it. Not everyone has that chance to be in an amazing spot to meditate. Especially when you’re living in a busy city with a dense population – finding that wide space let alone quiet environment is virtually impossible! But if we altered our frame of mind and created a comforting space for ourselves you’d be surprised how easy it is to achieve inner peace. The key here is to find the spot that you can sit comfortably in and sit in a way that makes you feel comfortable – and remember you don’t have to sit cross legged just because you’re about to meditate. You won’t be feeling at peace if you were sitting in a position you’re not used to would you? So get comfortable in the space that surrounds you!

4. Your mantra is your vehicle

Trying to still the mind is not an easy task. Even the Dalai Lama said this is near impossible. So that’s where your mantra comes in. Using a specific mantra will help the mind settle down and shift from the active beta brainwave state to the deep meditative space of delta brainwave. The word ‘mantra’ is where we derive two english words: manas- mind and tra- truck. So a mantra is a mind vehicle that exports your mind from one place to another place. Once you have your mantra and start repeating it in your head, it’s important to remember that we’re not attached to the sound. There may come a point in your meditation where the mind will surrender the thoughts AND the mantra as it dives into the blissful ocean of stillness. It’s like when we arrive at our destination we are no longer attached to our vehicle as it was simply our means of transportation, not our destination.

Have any other ideas that you’ve tried to achieve inner peace? Share your ideas with me below, I’d love to discuss them with you.

Talking about meditation …I’ve been teaching meditation for many years now and still to this day I love watching someone transform through the power of stillness. You may not have discovered the very real benefits of meditation yet?  Or maybe you’ve been meditating for a while now, and would like to take it to a new level, or have someone guide you?

If that’s you, then you’d really love our 21 Days to Faster Deeper Bliss program.  This has over 20 years of my experience studying meditation, all condensed into an easy, simple and effective daily program that guarantees to have you experiencing the deep and proven benefits of meditation within just 21 days … in fact you’ll notice the benefits much sooner.

We’ve helped thousands of people and I’m sure that we can help you too … check it out here … I believe it is the best meditation training available online.

“Tom Cronin! I just finished number 3 of the Stillness Project. I’m IN LOVE! I’ve tried meditation several times and gave up on it EVERY time. Each day, I CAN’T wait for my next meditation. THANK YOU for taking the mystery out of meditation.” – Leslie

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A Simple Tip On How To Go Deeper In Your Meditation

Do you find that some meditations are quite challenging and feel very busy?

Or perhaps you just can’t seem to go deep and feel unsettled for a lot of your session?

If you’re struggling to get deep into your meditation there may be a simple reason for it.

It could be that you are releasing some stress in your meditation, which will keep bringing you back up to the surface, and stirring up the mind. Or it could be that your mind, body and nervous system are just too over stimulated from all the activity of your day and need a calm preparation before your session.

In this clip I share with you some easy tips on how to create a space that will enhance a deeper meditation.

You’ll be surprised how simple and easy it is to get into your meditation by following these short tips.

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Please share us below how you prepare for your meditation. Do you light candles, burn incense, play Tibetan Bowls or perhaps you do a headstand in your sarong listening to rainforest music???

And if you would like to find out more about how you can learn to meditate and get instant calm in your life then you might like to try my Gentle Breath Meditation. This is an easy guided meditation that will soothe your nervous system and calm your mind and body. I do this meditation each evening with my family before my children go to bed and it helps them sleep deeply. If you’ve never meditated before or need some assistance with your existing meditation practice then you’re going to love this!

“Thank you for the energy and effort you put into this program. I’ve definitely noticed improvements in my creativity, sense of calm, and my ability to step back to observe a situation., rather than react impulsively. Congratulations on a great program, and again, thank you.” Christie 

Click here to do the Gentle Breath Meditation.

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I Broke All My Rules And Paid The Price…

stillness-project_001I usually have set rules about my daily routine that I have in place because I know when they are there, life flows beautifully. But in the last few weeks I broke those rules and it was great research, because everything about my day changed. This was a great reminder about why I put those rules there in the first place!

Do you get those times when you feel overwhelmed, or that you just have so much ‘to do’ you are not sure where you’ll get the time to do it all? Or that things just aren’t flowing and there is friction and tension in your life? It’s easy to get pulled into the whole ‘doingness’ of life. For that reason we put aside very little time for the ‘beingness’.

What is beingness? It’s simply being present, in your inner stillness and calm, not needing identity, or definition from results. Its a deep comfortability in knowing that everything is going to turn out just right.

This is a very subtle experience and easy to ignore because the success of our results overwhelms the subtlety of the doing. Hence we will compromise important things like, meditation, pausing when eating, exercise, stretching or sitting on the grass looking up at the sky.

This is what happened to me lately. I bent my rules and paid the price. Some of my rules are:

– no technology after 10pm

– start the day with stretching and meditation (preferably at the beach)

– having a siesta and afternoon meditation

– being present throughout the day

– placing my attention on the single task at hand

– stretch and read before bed

– acknowledge the future will unfold gracefully and effortlessly

– eat slowly and consciously

I know that if I apply these simple guidelines, my days will be a blissful effortless experience that leads to more blissful effortless experiences under the laws of attraction. But lately I had some big deadlines and I was working till midnight then getting up at 5am to do more work. I skipped my morning routines, I ate food as if it was getting in the way of my ‘doing’, I was multi tasking like driving and checking phone calls, and I allowed my mind to project forward into ‘what if scenarios’.

What happened then was a series of comical events. Firstly small things like stubbed toes (sign of not being present), and not sleeping well, to eventually things like technological failures, missed meeting times and an over stimulated mind that starts to drift towards a negative forecasting. All this of course continues that snowballing effect of getting attached to your outcomes and the out comes then not gracefully unfolding.

When we entertain ‘neediness’ into our life, it totally changes the outcomes of your day. Sure, we need to perform action, but when you perform action from that place of peace and calm, then the results of your actions will be very different. There is a Sanskrit saying ‘yogasthah kuru karmani’ which means ‘established in being, perform action’.

When you do, life will be timelessly in the bliss of the present moment. Needless to say, after my research was complete I returned back to my rules and have a beautiful meditation by the sea this morning.

Talking about meditation … I’ve been teaching meditation for many years now and still to this day I love watching someone transform through the power of stillness. You may not have discovered the very real benefits of meditation yet?  Or maybe you’ve been meditating for a while now, and would like to take it to a new level, or have someone guide you?

If that’s you, then you’d really love our 21 Days to Faster Deeper Bliss program.  This has over 20 years of my experience studying meditation, all condensed into an easy, simple and effective daily program that guarantees to have you experiencing the deep and proven benefits of meditation within just 21 days … in fact you’ll notice the benefits much sooner.

We’ve helped thousands of people and I’m sure that we can help you too … check it out here … I believe it is the best meditation training available online.

 

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How To Live In The Present Moment

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In today’s article you’ll find out how easy it is to not only jump ahead into the future, but also how to bring yourself back to the present. When you become aware of this you’ll be amazed at how much your body changes when you go from one to the other!

Last week I was driving to my weekly open meditation session that I host each Monday night. As I turned the corner into the last street of my destination I was faced with a sea of buses and brakes lights! It appeared that instead of turning into York St, it looked like I had actually turned into a parking lot! Time ticked away and I wasn’t going anywhere.

My mind started having fun with the situation and began projecting into the future. It started creating scenarios like I was going to be stuck in the traffic for another hour and 50-60 people will be stranded there at the meditation session wondering where I am. That’s when the stress followed. I noticed my heart beat sped up, my skin tightened, my breathing moved up into my chest, no doubt my blood was thickening, I was storing fat in cholesterol and my mind continued to become busier and busier.

In short, I was no longer present and my body was shifting into fight/flight mode. Now I was living in the future and in the future any number of outcomes can be designed by the mind. When we project into the future through the mind, many fantasies are played out which can put your body through all sorts of unpleasant sensations. Within an instant I had gone from a restful calm state to a state of stress and worry about what might unfold in the future. In short my present had changed because of my outlook of the future.

Noticing these unpleasant sensations in my body of mild panic, I decided it was time to reel in the mind and not give it any rope to play with. Reality: I couldn’t change the situation. It was what it was. Question: am I present? Am I living through the senses? What was I seeing, tasting, touching, smelling, hearing and feeling? I observed my mind and set some strict boundaries for it. No more projecting. Stay present. Check out the clouds in the sky, listen to the amazing classical music on the radio, feel the warm of the steering wheel under my skin, taste the clove that I was chewing (yes, I like cloves!).

As soon as I let go of the future and became present it was like the Red Sea. York St opened up and I drove the next 2 kilometres in about 1 minute. There was a park right outside the centre, I walked in and 4 people helped me set up and we started on time!

When we live in the present, with our intentions set, but detached from the outcome, life flows effortlessly. The mind can be a pesky thing and it will do its best to distort your present reality. The mind gets bored in the now and has a lot of fun in the future. But like a little kid without discipline, it will always muck up.

Here are some tips on how to be present:

– Meditate twice a day

– Bring your awareness to the 5 senses: what are you tasting, touching, seeing, hearing and smelling?

– Be conscious of your breath. Is it short and from high up in the chest or slow and from deep down in the belly?

– How are you sitting? Are you slouched and disengaged or sitting upright with awareness?

– Stretch or go to yoga regularly

So next time you’re stuck in traffic and running late for an appointment, you have 2 choices: remain present, or jump ahead into the future. Do some research and let me know how you go. I’m sure one will feel a whole lot better than the other.

To assist y0u with being present this 21 day meditation program called Faster Deeper Bliss is something you might like to consider. It has changed lives all over the world! We receive thousands of testimonials like this one everyday:

“I just want to mention that faster deeper bliss most definitely changed (& still changing!) my life, so thank you” Lisa R
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