A few weeks ago I wrote about reconnecting to oneself. Well, let me give you a tour of some things that I do. My husband calls me “a tree hugger”, my nieces “a hippy”, and my daughter calls me “bohemian chic”! I’m all about meditation, relaxing, and learning who I am. I have taken over a section in my small living room to both chant and meditate. With my crystals, incense, sage or Palo Alto sticks (aka holy sticks), I release the day from my mind, body, and soul. I listen internally, blanking out the external world. Other times I may just lay down and stare out a window or the ceiling and just relax and release. Mostly, I try to sit in my space.
In that space there is complete freedom. There I find guidance, time, and breath.
Then why meditate? Meditation is to calm the mind, body, spirit. I wish I could tell you I jumped right in, but my mind is always running. I have to either chant or I will repeat a mantra until I feel a calmness inside. Meditations assist in freeing the mind and body of worries and to focus on finding ones happiness.
A natural prescription for a mood enhancer, meditation has powerful influence on depression and anxiety, as well as decreasing anger. Meditation is a great stress reliever, and some even say the best. Meditation provides you down time to rest both physically and mentally. Meditation also influences the nervous system because it reduces the production of stress related chemicals and increases the production of mood enhancing chemicals like serotonin.
I ask that everyone reading this, set a space aside, a small place, where you can sit back, relax and silence the mind. You can place candles and surround yourself with objects that can take you to a peaceful place. Take care of yourself, so you are better able to care of those around you. Set aside time daily, even if for five minutes, to meditate.
It is important to be consistent in the practice of meditation (I’m still working on this).
It takes only a few minutes every day, and once it’s a strong part of your day, you’ll find it makes each day so much better.
The Art of Living writes:
“Meditation is like a seed. When you cultivate a seed with love, the more it blossoms. Similarly, the sapling of consciousness is within you. It needs to be nurtured with simple meditation techniques. Some palm trees yield in three years, some in ten years. And those that aren’t nurtured – never yield! They simply exist.”
Every-day people who meditate generally enjoy a lot more..of everything.
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