|The “Pearl” and I head up to my secret spot to take in the splendor.|
In a previous post I mentioned some fascinating facts about meditation. Meditation is a broad and somewhat mysterious term for some. I’ve run into many people who say they cannot meditate because they cannot keep their mind quiet.
Meditation is any form of a family of practices in which practitioners train their minds or self-induce a mode of consciousness to realize some benefit.
Meditation doesn’t have to be done in a seated position. I often talk about walking or hiking as a way to get centered. For
me, this type of movement is a form of meditation but I didn’t realize
it until, I started to practice.
One blogger suggests that, any activity in
which you can slow down your mind, become more inwardly focused and
more rooted in the present moment can offer the benefits of meditation.
His post Meditation Techniques for the Busy or Impatient is full of ideas to take the pressure off of meditating “correctly” and just reaping the benefits of slowing down.
- Exercise Meditation- Walking, Running, Swimming, Biking, Yoga…
- Bathing Meditation- Turn your shower or take a bath, into a spa experience…
- Music Meditation- Music is such a powerful tool. Set an intention for your next playlist…
- Hobby Meditation- Paint, write, color, garden; just BE free and allow your mind to fully focus…
- Massage Meditation- HELLO! I’m sure to incorporate this into a more regular practice as I have just met the most special massage therapist on planet earth….
- If All Else Fails – The 10 Minute Dark Room Meditation- Or 5 Minute Dimly Lit Room Meditation- Or 2.5 Minute Youtube Video or Guided Meditation…
The bottom line is that if you want to incorporate the stress reduction and/or higher conscious benefits of meditation, there is a way. You just have to do it!
You’re not alone! A 2007 study by the U.S. government found that nearly 9.4% of U.S.
adults (over 20 million) had practiced meditation within the past 12
months, up from 7.6% (more than 15 million people) in 2002.
I know life can be hectic. In almost every city in the world I’ve traveled, I manage to find a slice of peace. A place to enjoy a quiet moment.
Are there places in your city or town, you can “escape” to? I urge you to make a collection of these little gems. THEN, share them!!! We could all use a 30 second getaway!
“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there.” ~ Deepak Chopra
daviji leads an audio meditation on the site that is quite lovely and about 18 minutes long. If you want to take your meditation practice up a notch or you just want to try something new, I recommend signing up.
1) I wake up before everyone else. There are various opinions on the subject but truth be told, I don’t know when or how I became a morning person. For me, there is something so serene and inherently spiritual about the quiet time of the morning.
2) THANK YOU is the first phrase uttered out of my mouth. I will mention that this, is HABIT. If you have not conditioned yourself to find something to be grateful for, you are likely missing out on some truly delicious life experiences.
3) Meditate. Great mornings begin with a quick body scan… What’s a body scan? It’s a 5-10 minute conscious connection of body/mind/spirit. Listen to my soundcloud example below.
After my scan, I can pray, stretch or go onto my regularly scheduled rip and run through life but I have committed to taking care of myself first. It took me a long time time to come to peace with the “me first” mentality. But now I know that I cannot serve anyone else unless I have the fuel myself.
In the audio I mention a book by Louise Hay. The actual title is called You Can Heal Your Life —hey it was early! 😉