What Does A Toothbrush and Meditation Have in Common?

by Ellie Walsh

What does a toothbrush have in common with meditation?

Do you brush your teeth everyday?

I know… this is a personal question. 😉

And… I am guessing I know the answer ….

It is “YES” – You do not leave your house until you have brushed your teeth…

Well maybe if it is an emergency … but if you are older than 10 I am going to guess you brush your teeth before you leave the house everyday.

So what does brushing your teeth and meditation have to do with each other?

First let’s look at the reasons you would brush your teeth:

  1. Health …. A clean mouth promotes health throughout your body.
  2. Feel Good …. That fresh feeling in your mouth
  3. Look Good …. Something about that just brushed smile….
  4. Happier Friends …. If your breath is fresh – I promise you… your friends are happier! 😉

Now let me ask you a question …. Do you meditate everyday?

I know there are some of you reading this that are answering “Yes! Yes!” …. But some of you are saying “Well almost everyday” or “Every few days” or “Every now and then” And at this point some are saying “Get to the point!”

Let’s look at the reasons you would meditate everyday:

  1. Health …. A “clean” mind promotes health throughout your body.
  2. Feel Good …. That refreshed feeling throughout your being.
  3. Look Good …. When you are lighter and feeling good … you absolutely look good.
  4. Happier Friends …. When you are in that feel good place … the people around you feel good … it is contagious!
    And More……
  5. Centered …. Taking this time to quiet your mind leaves you feeling more centered.
  6. Clarity …. When you are centered …. clarity instead of confusion is the order of your day.
  7. Connection …. Feeling centered and clear – you gain a feeling of connection … connection with who you are in this world.
  8. Balance …. Our brains are running thoughts all day long. Taking just 15 minutes a day of quiet time will give you the benefits of a quieter mind.

Scientists are now (finally) starting to look at the benefits of meditation – http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/28/how-meditation-may-change-the-brain/

Why do we sometimes meditate and always brush our teeth?

Habits …. We are all taught to brush our teeth at a young age… My mother did not tell me to brush my teeth if I wanted to … she just told me to Do It! And … I don’t remember her giving me much explanation of why I should brush my teeth … Again she told me to Do It!

I do remember rebelling against brushing my teeth…. My mother would ask “Did you brush your teeth?” — I wouldn’t answer (that’s because the answer was No). She knew I hadn’t so told me “Go brush your teeth” … And I would be huffing and puffing, doing other things… I just didn’t want to brush my teeth!

Maybe it’s because I hadn’t yet realized all the benefits … and I thought this was a frivolous thing for me to spend my time on.

Years later… brushing my teeth was now a habit for me and I did indeed realize all the benefits from cultivating this habit… But meditation …. I wasn’t quite there yet.

Meditate everyday…

I heard people talking about the benefits … but I had not yet lived them… I thought this meditation stuff was “Woo Woo” – I also thought it was hard and very time consuming. I believed I was going to have to sit in a particular way (that I did not find comfortable) and I was going to have to have absolutely no thoughts running in my head (which was totally impossible for me!)

… And I was going to have to do this for at least 1 hour a day …. That is what all the books I was reading said! I certainly could not justify using my time for this frivolous thing! Hmmm sounds kinda like my excuses about brushing my teeth.  😉

Through the years I heard others talk about the benefits …. and finally it started to sink in my head. I threw the meditation books away… Sat as I wanted to … put my attention on my breath … and when those thoughts ran in (which they did and still do) I didn’t freak out… I just put my focus back onto my breath.

I didn’t do this for hours … truthfully I started out with about 3 minutes … That was how long I could sit still and I let that be AOK! By allowing myself this freedom …. I did indeed start to do this everyday.

Today meditating is a habit for me ….I meditate before I brush my teeth … anywhere from 15 – 30 minutes … and I am absolutely reaping the benefits!

Would have been a lot simpler if my mother would have told me “Meditate and brush your teeth everyday – just Do It!” 😉

Do you meditate everyday? If Yes … Why? if No … Why?

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Ellie Walsh Living the Law of Attraction

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"There are No Mistakes..... Only Discoveries!" TM ~ Ellie Walsh

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9 comments

1 AffirmingSpirit May 24, 2011 at 3:21 am

Actually, Ellie…I left meditation in the dust after I learned about Pure Awareness!!!

It’s a deeper form of meditation, yet it’s quicker, can be done anytime (feels so good you want to do it ALL the time), can even be done with your EYES open ~ even when you are driving, and I do it throughout the day whenever I desire. It’s got elements of Intentional Resting in that you feel like you napped hours after doing it for several minutes. It aligns with much of Abe’s teachings because you are essentially *doing* nothing and letting the Universe do all the work for you, yet it puts you in the Vortex almost immediately as the ego/personal stories vanish. I learned about it at http://www.quantumentrainment.com.

All you need to know to do it is in the free videos & audios on that site, although you can buy the books or go to the workshops if you like learning that way. But you don’t have to spend a dime. Amazing things have happened to me (including getting a 6-figure job working from home!) and others since I introduced it to GVU. Check it out! :o)

Many blessings,
Nancy

2 Amanda May 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

Uhmm………………. QE gave you 6 figure income?!?!?!

Maybe I should REALLY check out those videos…..

3 Coryelle Kramer ~ Animal Communicator May 25, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Hi Ellie,
Congratulations to the NYTimes for catching up…it’s good to have you on the journey with us!
I can not tell you how mediating every day has changed my life…well maybe I can 😉 It just centers me and puts in in a more open and receptive frame of my for my day. The best part is I can do it anytime I need to. If I find myself getting a little off center I just take a few minutes to close my eyes and just concentrate on my breathing and clear my head. I remember what it was like for me before I did meditation every day, that’s something I can live without. Even if they took only 2 minutes out to do it people would not be sorry.

4 Ellie May 26, 2011 at 1:35 am

Hi Nancy…. I am aware of QE – I see you are very excited about it and it has worked well for you!! 😉 I’m not ready to leave meditation in the dust… I thoroughly enjoy those 15-20 minutes every morning. And I actually teach a Power Word exercise which is similar to their Gate technique.

5 Ellie May 26, 2011 at 1:37 am

Hi Coryelle ….
Yes … taking the time to get centered … is life changing!

6 AffirmingSpirit May 29, 2011 at 1:05 am

Ellie, it’s probably more accurate to say that I beefed up my meditation with QE/PA. I still meditate – just in a different, and for me, much more powerful way.

Yes, Amanda. I was amazed myself! Just 24hrs after getting clear that I wanted to have fun making money, I saw a listing asking for all my skills & experience, looking for someone to work remotely (from home) …I applied and was hired in just a few short weeks. Literally, it was like the job listing was written for me.

Pure Awareness (what QE connects you to) is essentially Source Energy, and making a regular habit of connecting with that energy is VERY powerful. 😀

Abe teachings are also taking on a whole new, DEEPER meaning!

Many blessings,
Nancy

7 ayah corda July 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Learning and implementing the Law of Attraction in my life helps me live amazing life that I have never imagined before. I am now earning money in a good and effortless way.

8 Ellie July 9, 2011 at 11:46 am

Hi ayah ….
Yes – our lives are supposed to be amazing! When we understand how LOA works and how we work … we can connect in and live that amazing life!
Thanks for sharing…. 🙂

9 Sanjay June 15, 2012 at 10:36 pm

If any of you have children who are reading this don’t think for a second that they also can’t benefit from meditation.

Especially if you feel your little one is easily distracted or “hyper”. It is amazing what a few simple dietary changes and some focused meditation can do in a young child.

Great blog Ellie! Glad I stumbled across you!
-Sanjay

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