Meditation is one of those practices people don't value enough or want to fit it into their busy day. My own experience is when we are balanced we don't feel we need to meditate so we can stray from the practice, and then all of a sudden... BOOM you feel stressed again or maybe not balanced, not feeling content with life or you may have pressure or a demanding job, environment, partner, family, children wanting all your attention and then you STOP and want to BREATHE or as most people feel, want to run or escape from the stress.
Meditation can help you at the times of your life you feel you haven't got anything else to help you. Have you ever sat with yourself, turned off your phone, notice how distracted you are in your mind or even your body. I was the worst for this as a child, my Mum and Dad often told me to sit still have you got ants in your pants, you can sit still for 5 mins. Now days I can get myself in a deep state of meditation and don't want to leave it. It is the best feeling in the world and after you come out of your practice you seem to get more done, quicker and more efficient with clarity and clear sense of direction. If you are in the middle of making a big decision Meditation is really the best tool to practice before making that decision. Learning to pause, before reacting. In todays busy world, meditation can help you feel more present and not living in the past or future. It can help increase your inner peace and happiness. I know in ten years time more people will be valuing and respecting this ancient practice more and more as our world speeds ups an change quicker than ever. Just think about how far we have come with technology in the past 10 years. When I go married in my late 20's My husband and I opened an email account, HOTMAIL. Then 6 years later we opened Facebook accounts... not sure that was a great idea for relationships, it sure did come with distractions, and that is when I began my journey of MEDITATION. I have to say both of us gave meditation together. It really helps you increase your health and vitality, clear your mind and help with overwhelm when juggling a hundred things at once.
Living in the present moment can help manage stress, and help you feel more balanced. But how do we do it around such a busy and demanding world?
Practising meditation allows you to become centered in the present moment. It encourages you to have mind and body awareness. It teaches clarity of mind, stillness, and relaxation. It makes you feel the serenity in your core, with a sense of being more grounded and centred. You have focus and your concentration is a lot clearer. Overall, you do become more productive. It will also raise your threshold for dealing with challenging, stressful situations.
Meditation is not hard. You don’t need knowledge, it just takes practice. It’s a case of sitting or lying down, staying completely still and relaxed. The aim is to control your breathing, allowing it to become deeper, without falling asleep. You still have full consciousness, clarity of mind and you’re finding your stillness in mind and body. I like to call it finding grace. Letting go of any thoughts, acknowledging them, then returning to your breath.
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How to meditate
Get tasks done beforehand or try writing them down, so they are not on your mind.
Turn phone off/take clock away from room, remove your watch.
Soft lighting like candlelight. Burn calming oil in your oil burner to help you fully relax.
Take off your shoes.
Come to a comfortable seated position or lie down. Use music or a guided meditation CD to help you train your mind and body to relax.
Close your eyes.
If you are cross legged and seated, try to have your hips higher than knees. Put a pillow or cushion under your buttocks to lift your hips, or try having your back against a wall until you become more familiar and comfortable with the pose.
Realise meditating can have an effect on your emotions, be aware you may feel emotional or tearful after—it is okay, it’s a good thing, emotions are being released out of your body. For many people this can be the first time they sit with themselves and hear their inner voice. Your mind will be busy and thoughts will drop into your mind and often flit from thought to thought. Your job is to try LET THEM GO and keep coming back to your breath and stillness. It doesn't mean you can no acknowledge the thoughts, but try your best to not get caught up into a conversation or story about the thought. Try to master the stillness of the mind, the brain and use a mantra such as ‘I am ‘ to help you come in to the present moment.
‘I am... content!’ ‘I am worthy!” “I am grateful” “ I am enough” “I am relaxed”
You can use my guided meditation CDs and music to help you at the start. The results from meditation are truly impressive, so start practising for five minutes today and build up to 15- 30mins. You may be quietly surprised how meditation helps you gain control of your time back in your life.
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