We all know that meditation is supposed to improve our wellbeing
But do we do it?
* We say we haven’t got the time
* We’ll do it next week
* We need to sit crossed legged underneath a tree
* It’s not an everyday thing
How many times have you done things on autopilot?
– You’ve drove to work and not remembered the journey
– You’ve rushed your tea and not really tasted it as your favourite soap is on in 5 mins
– You’ve gone on a journey loads of times and only just noticed something?
This is because our minds are super BUSY all day every day
Did you know that having an overactive mind leads to stress, anxiety, depression?
* We don’t enjoy things
* We don’t live in the moment
* We worry about everything we have to do
* Our minds are constantly thinking of a gazillion different things
MEDITATION means you learn to live more in the moment and to STOP worrying, STOP stressing, learn to FOCUS your mind
MEDITATING regularly for a few minutes most days can help you to eliminate those negative thoughts and replace them with NEW POSITIVE ones
It CALMS, It Energises!
It can CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
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- How many times have you done something on autopilot?
- Drove to work and not remembered all of the journey?
- Eaten a meal and not really savoured the flavour?
- Gone for a walk and not taken in your surroundings?
- Just noticed something on your journey that you never noticed before?
Mindfulness can also be about living in the moment; savouring it and focussing entirely on what you are doing. Meditation or mindfulness as it is often called has a powerful influence on your health, your wellbeing and your happiness and can also be a tremendous way of developing your intuition. It can offer an opportunity to get in touch with your mind on an intricate spiritual level and it is a state of thoughtful awareness. It can help with stress anxiety and depression, improve your memory and can help you enjoy better and more fulfilling relationships. It can also be effective in reducing the impact of serious conditions such as chronic pain. It can also bolster the immune system.
There are many different methods of meditation. Here are a few of the main ones:
- Guided meditation – whereby someone talks you through a scenario and creates a visual scene for you to follow or gives you some form of healing by using affirmations which can be set to relaxing music.
- Breathing and focussing meditation. There is an exercise below that you can do to begin with to practise this form of meditation.
- Intuitive Guidance Meditation whereby you can ask for intuitive guidance. This could be for a specific situation or you could just ask your guides to give you what you need to know today.
Breathing & Focus Exercise
- Sit erect in a straight back chair and close your eyes
- Focus your attention on your breath as it flows in and out of your body
- After a while, your mind may wander. When you notice this, gently bring your attention back to your breath. The act of realising that your mind has wandered and bringing yourself back without criticising yourself is central to the practice of mindful meditation.
- Your mind may eventually become calm or it may not. You may get a sense of absolute stillness. It may only be fleeting but that does not matter. Whatever happens just allow it.
- After a minute, let your eyes open and take in the room again.
This form of meditation allows you to observe your thoughts as they arise in your mind and little by little to let go of struggling with them.
You will realise that your thoughts come and go of their own accord and that all thoughts are transient; they come and go and you have a choice about whether you act on them or not.
You can think of negative thoughts as black clouds and watch them float away.
Doing this exercise can put you back in control of your thoughts.
How and When Should you Meditate?
- Sit or lie down (however your feel most comfortable)
- Don’t try too hard
- Don’t expect too much at first
- Main reason to meditate is to quieten your mind and relax
- You don’t have to be in a yoga pose or sat upright
- It can just be focussing on what you are doing and giving it your full attention
- Play some nice music if it helps you to relax better
- Light some incense
- Light a candle
- Meditating is best practised every day if you can
- However, don’t worry if you don’t manage it every day
- 2-3 minutes is all you need
- Or, even if you only do a 10 minute meditation once a week it will make a difference
- Meditation really does make a difference to your wellbeing
- It helps you to quieten your mind
- Switches you off from the everyday chaos
- Brings you closer to source which, in turn, develops your intuition
- Helps with anxiety and depression and other illnesses
- There are lots of different methods
- Experiment and find one or more method/s that suit you
- Do it as often as you can; a few minutes a day is all you need
- Don’t worry if your mind wanders, just bring it back and focus and don’t beat yourself up about it
Can you really afford not to find the time to meditate. Try it and you will realise all of the benefits.
“Meditation is the tongue of the soul and the language of our spirit” – Jeremy Taylor
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Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to finding Peace in a Frantic World, Professor Mark Williams
The Miracle of Mindfulness, Thich Nhat Hanh