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with yourself for 10 or 20 minutes each morning or evening. Find
a quiet place and relax. Soft music, though not a necessity, can create
an appropriate atmosphere. Sit comfortably upright on the floor or in a
chair. Keep your eyes open and, without staring, gently rest them on a chosen
point somewhere in front of your room.
Gently withdraw your attention from all sights and sounds. Become the observer of your own thoughts.
Don't try to stop thinking, just be the observer, not judging or being carried away by your own thoughts, just watching.
Gradually they will slow down and you will begin to feel more peaceful. Create one thought for you, about yourself for example, "I am a peaceful soul."
Hold that thought on the screen of your mind; visualize yourself being peaceful, quite and still. Stay as long as you can in the awareness of that thought. Don't fight with other thoughts or memories that may come to distract you. Just watch them pass by and return to your created thought, "I am a peaceful soul."
Now think of the Supreme Soul, who is the ocean of peace, bliss, love and so on. Soul receives all these virtues from Him.
Acknowledge and appreciate the positive feelings and other positive thoughts, which may spring directly from this thought.
Be stable in these feelings for a few minutes. Be aware of unrelated thoughts.
Finish your meditation by closing your eyes for a few moments and creating complete silence in your mind.
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