Don’t do something, just sit there!
Stop. We need to be less of a human doing and more of a human being.
There are so many types of meditations and just as many ways of classifying meditation, and equally so many reasons why you meditate; but in the final analysis, regardless of how or why, meditation is a practise of switching from the busy thinking mind to the stillness of the being mind.
And when we allow some space for the passive mind, our intuitive wisdom is allowed to re-connect us with ourselves, creating the opportunity for healing, relaxing and just being.
If you are breathing, you can meditate.
If your mind is the busiest, most undisciplined mind in the entire world and those thoughts just won’t stop, then you are the person who needs to meditate more than any other. So just do it. Practise, practise, practise.
How? Let’s keep it simple to begin with…
1. When? Decide on a very specific time that will work for you. Ideally, first thing in the morning, (this may not be realistic for you if, for instance, you are caring for children). No-one can decide for you, so it is up to you to choose where there is 10 or 15 minutes you can stop. Even if you have to lock yourself in a small room somewhere. Try to make it at the same time every day so it becomes a habit.
2. How? Generally, you sit… crosslegged, or on a chair. It dosen’t really matter, but create a ritual. Have some fun setting your own rituals of where you sit, what you wear, what you listen to. Choose a cushion or chair that is just for your meditation. You might like to have a shawl you drape around your shoulders, or a special shirt or vest. You may enjoy lighting a candle or burning some incense. Choose the type of music or sounds to play, or silence may be your preferred background. It’s all up to you. Do sit with dignity… not too rigid, but not slumping either. (Lying down may be your only option if you aren’t well enough to sit, and that is ok too.)
3. Smile. Smiling relaxes the face and consequently helps to relax the mind. Smiling is so important, so remember to smile.
4. Keep the eyes closed, but this not essential. A soft, unfocussed gaze is ok too.
5. Begin by taking your awareness inwards. Connect with your body. This may sound like a weird thing to say, but when our thinking mind is in overdrive, it is easy to become disconnected from our body. So begin each meditation by being in touch with your physical self, starting from the feet and slowly work your way up, relaxing each part along the way, especially the shoulders and the eyes. Connect to your breath. Don’t force it in any way, just observe your natural breath – each inhale, and the soft, longer exhale.
6. Now you are meditating. Allow the thoughts to arise, but don’t get involved. Dismiss them and continue watching the breath and listening to the present moment where you are. Right then. There.
A little tip: Always set a timer so you know when to stop and don’t have to obsess about time while you are meditating.
There is a delicious smorgasbord of things you can do in meditation. Keep reading my blogs, and posts on facebook each week to discover something new for you. The best part is: it is simple, and your journey has begun.