“Some people think that meditation takes time away from physical accomplishment. Taken to extremes, of course, that’s true. Most people, however, find that meditation creates more time than it takes.”
This week’s blog is dedicated to personal practices you can begin doing today. My goal is to help you get a sense of wonder and open yourself up to a new world of consciousness and creativity through meditation.
My gift to you is about balancing your physical, emotional and mental well-being. For me, meditation has been the key. I’ve published several blogs during the first quarter of 2011 talking about the importance of meditation.
This practice is most important especially combined with your hurry-up, stressful, daily schedule. It takes 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening to begin this important technique to well-being. As in any new practice, it will take time to “throw off” the chatter that permeates your thoughts when you attempt to quiet the mind. This chatter will dissipate through persistent practice and a peaceful enlightenment will take its place.
Here are some types of meditation and more information about these practices provided below.
Breathing Meditation – This is one technique I recommend to use before trying any others. Simply sit in a relaxed position, spine straight and feet touching the floor, hands on thighs facing upward. Breathe long, slow and deeply as you feel the air fill up your lungs; hold for two to three seconds and release. Continue breathing until you silent your mind. As thoughts enter your mind, push them away like a balloon in flight. Continue doing this for at least 10 to 20 minutes.
Empty Mind Meditation – This practice is about emptying the mind of all thoughts, memories and emotions. Its goal is the absence of mind entirely. Just sit in a relaxed position, spine straight and feet touching the floor, hands on thighs facing upward. Think of nothing but yourself looking at a blank piece of paper – seeing nothing. This, too, will be a challenge as thoughts will try to override your ability to focus on nothing. Continue for 20 minutes.
Introduction to Insight Meditation – This practice is more focused on awareness of each part of your body and releasing any tension you may have in your joints and muscles. CLICK HERE for a free booklet on various techniques of Insight Meditation.
Transcendental Meditation – This type is used to calm, heal and enlighten your soul using rhythmic breathing and a mantra such as “peace or love”. Simply sit in a relaxed position, spine straight and feet touching the floor, hands cupped face up, one on top of the other, thumb tips touching each other. When thoughts come, acknowledge them and let them drift away like a light, airy balloon. CLICK HERE for more information.
If you need music to help get you into a state of silence, CLICK HERE and see if there is any meditation music that will help you focus as you practice.
Don’t wait to begin giving yourself the gift of well-being. There is no better time than the present to create a new reality through consciously becoming aware of your potential and finding your source energy within.