There is no doubt that life now days is moving faster than ever. We are either driving to and from, on our cell phones/iPads/iPods/
crackBlackberries/computers, working or thinking about work. Our brains are constantly on overdrive. And just like we need to shut off and reboot our laptops, we need to shut of and reboot our minds.
Meditation is a way to quiet the mind, relax, rest, and restore. It is a state of consciousness that brings serenity, clarity and bliss. Meditation is an approach that can be used as a way to help cope with problems, stress, and anxiety by way of reflection, contemplation, and thought. Based on the principles of consideration and quiet thought, it brings a state of solace. There are various types, zen meditation, mindfulness meditation, prayer, and while the methods may differ the end goal is to quiet and free yourself.
I know meditations sounds a little intimidating and many of you have misconceptions towards it – only for the serious yogi or believe you must have a special talent and skills or special tools, but you’d be surprised how easily you can add this miraculous practice to your life with a little silence and know-how.
And, how much just a peaceful 10 minutes can have a large impact on your body, mind, and soul. As mentioned here, there are a number of physical and psychological benefits that can be experienced when meditation is made a part of your daily life.
Now the big question: How do I make meditation a part of my daily routine?
There are many techniques and I do not want to overwhelm you with too many how-to’s so I’ll keep it basic. You can meditate anywhere at any time with this simple technique.
Begin by finding a quiet place (in a park, in your car, at your desk, lying in your bed, anywhere) and sit or ly comfortably. Focus on a single object or close your eyes and focus on the darkness. Allow the thoughts in your mind to rise, acknowledge them, then allow them to pass. They may rise again, but again, acknowledge them and allow them to pass. Try not to fidget or move, but rather, just sit restfully.
Acknowledge the sensations around you, the pressure whatever you are sitting on pushing back against your rear, the anxiety of sitting without doing, the beating of your heart, the chill or heat upon your skin. But continue to focus on the object or darkness and allow the thoughts to arise and pass. As you concentrate on the single entity more, the less outside thoughts will come in and the more quiet your mind will become.
Sit in stillness for as long as you feel, do not get wrapped up with a time. Set a soft timer (a light buzz of a vibrating phone is nice) if you do want to set aside a certain amount of time for yourself. But sit long enough to allow for you to feel restored.
When your time has passed, come to slowly. Begin by becoming more aware of your surroundings (if you’re eyes are closed, keep them so until you are fully to). Wiggle your toes and fingers and listen as the sounds around you get more audible. When you are ready, bring your focus back to your consciousness, open your eyes or bring your eyes away from the single object and back to the world around you.
Notice how things have changed. Notice if they have not. Notice your body sensations, emotions, and your surroundings. Tune into yourself.
Note, meditation is a personal experience, the way you feel as you meditate is how you are supposed to feel at that moment. Do not compare your experience with other’s experiences and do not get frustrated if you don’t think you’re doing it right or not getting what you think you’re supposed to get out of it. There is no wrong or right way to meditate and you will get out of your experience exactly what you are supposed to.
Repeat whenever and as often as you can. Meditation becomes easier each time your practice and you’ll find how much it helps you to keep grounded and calm throughout your life.
Tell me about you.
Be gentle. Be kind. Be loving to you.