It’s a very busy world and it is difficult to slow it all down. There is so much going on in our minds that we are just not able to unwind and relax. What to do? Many things vying for our attention, it gets so overwhelming at times that you get to the point where you cannot do anything. How do we slow it all down? Five minutes a day can help. Yes, “Meditation Practice”. Meditation will help you to learn how to slow down, breathe and let it all go. Do you have five minutes a day? Set a timer and see what happens. Before you know it, you will want to add five minutes and then five more minutes. I am serious, meditation is addicting but it is a good addiction (well within moderation of course) It does take some discipline, commitment and practice. That is why it is called a “Practice” because it takes time to develop for you to really feel the benefits.
So, to start, sit in a comfortable position, with no distractions, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Take a deep breath, breathe in through your nose and out through your nose. Just stay focused on your breathing. You will likely have thoughts that will try to distract you, you might start thinking about something that just happened or you might be thinking about what you need (or should) be doing. That is okay, just watch your thoughts and focus back to your breath. Think about your still point which is just below your belly and just breathe into it….awww. Once you know how this feels, this is something that you can call back to you at anytime. My cat loves my routine and loves it when I meditate. She looks up at me when she hears me breathing and she purrs and purrs. We can learn a lot from cats, they know how to relax.
Something that has helped me to be able to get to the point of being able to relax is doing some yoga first and then the meditation. Yoga relaxes your body which then makes it easier to relax your mind. My cat, though, is not so sure about the yoga part.
Meditation can be a really delicious place to be. Its like the space and time between being awake and falling asleep where everything is open to you and the world is yours.
Happy Meditation and Peaceful Dreams