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This post is the first of a series of posts I would like to offer about meditation and how meditation supports you achieve your goals.
Over the next few days, my intention is to suggest a variety of practical meditation tools, tips and suggestions you can easily use to make your life a wee bit easier.
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Let’s Start At The Beginning
If you meditate you know how easy the mind jumps from topic to topic and how quickly you can get lost in a train of thought that has absolutely nothing to do with your practice, for example, this morning as I sat in meditation, the thought arouse “why do you meditate?” it wouldn’t go away. So I made a mental note of the observation and consciously returned to my practice.
At the end of my practice, that thought “why do you meditate?” was still there. So I spent a few minutes jotting down my ideas which led to me write this post and also led to the idea of creating a series of blog posts about the benefits of meditation as a tool to self exploration and discovery.
Why Do You Meditate?
So the question remains ‘why do you meditate?’ What is so great about forcing yourself to be still or shutting yourself away from friends and family for anything up to an hour every day when you could be out enjoying yourself and having fun?
When I started to meditate, according to my girls, it looked like I was sleeping in an upright position! “Why don’t you go and lie down if you’re tired” they would say.
I took all their comments and questions in my stride and preserved with the practice. I could feel the difference meditation made to my life and I wanted more of the energy and vitality I gained from practice.
Four Reasons Why You Should Start Meditation
1. Meditation Shapes The Mind
By nature I am more of a hands-on practical type of person. Science has never been my strong point. I know there is a link between brain activity and meditation but beyond that my knowledge is limited. If you are interested in neuroscience and scientific findings on the benefits of meditation, a good starting place would be the article by Peter B Reiner,
Meditation on Demand in Scientific American
2. Meditation Helps To Quieten Your Mind
Have you ever been in a situation where your thoughts feel like a knotted ball of string and no matter how your try you just can’t untie the knots and think straight? For instances you might find yourself going over and over the same point your partner said about your attitude in a recent argument; and no matter what you do you cant shift the thought.
Try this simple meditation:
Sit quietly for 3-5 minutes and observe your thoughts and feelings. Just sit and observe the thoughts and sensations flowing through your mind. Don’t judge or analyse what you experience, just be present with what you feel. Every time you become aware of “that thought” just quietly say to yourself, “it is just a thought” Keep repeating this “it’s just a thought” “it’s just a thought.” The more you practice this, the easier it becomes for you to release your attachment to the story and drama attached to “the thought” and see it for what it is…just a thought.
3. Meditation Prepares You For The Day
If you wake up tired and exhausted from lack of sleep, chances are you are going to have a “bad day”. In yoga you are taught the importance of starting your day on a positive uplifting note, to observe your waking thought and set your intention for the day.
To start your day on a spiritual high try this meditation:
Before you get out of bed, lie on your back and mentally tune into your body. Be mindful of what you experience and feel. Observe any areas of tension, stiffness and unease and rather than berate your body gently breathe deep into the heart of the pain or discomfort and remind yourself you are more than your body, you are light in motion. Hold this thought and vibration as you continue to scan your body and reconnect with your inner being.
4. Meditation Offers You A Sanctuary Of Inner Peace
This is why I got into meditation. I was in emotional turmoil and desperate to find a way out of the dark tunnel. My emotions were all over the place and I couldn’t breathe. Meditation opened the door to a world where I could sit with my pain and not be in pain. I regained my sense of hope and belief in life. If you are going through something similar, try this simple meditation technique:
Meditation Technique: Focus on inner stillness
In the midst of chaos and disorganisation there is stillness and calm. To find this place within yourself, sit in a comfortable position, with a straight back, close your eyes and in that dark space behind your eyes, imagine a candle glowing bright within your heart. Hold on to this image and feel the warmth from the candle flow through your body, through your veins and nestle deep inside your soul. Remain focused on the warm glow of the candle, for a long as you comfortably can. As you go through your day, every now and then take five minutes to sit still and reconnect with the candle in your heart. It will help to bring you back to that place of calm and stillness inside.
To wrap up this introduction to meditation, I would love to hear your thoughts of why you started meditation. Please write in the comment section. And don’t forget to share the post with others through the pretty social media share buttons!
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