Saturday, 24 March 2018

Meditation


With all the chaos and stress going on in our lives, we all have moments when we get worked up over things—often silly, little things. This makes for sleepless nights and poor decision making. None of us are alone in this. The hectic pace and demands of modern life means that many feel stressed and over-worked, that there is not enough time in the day to get everything done. It makes us unhappy, impatient and frustrated.
This is where meditation can help—something new that I am trying—because meditation helps us to understand our own mind. We can learn how to transform our mind from negative to positive, from disturbed to peaceful, from unhappy to happy. Overcoming negative minds and cultivating constructive thoughts is the purpose of meditation.
However, we are often so busy that we feel there is no time to stop, even for a moment’s meditation, but meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your stress and find some inner peace and balance—and if you are still pushed for time, start with bedtime meditation.
At the end of a long day, I snuggle into bed and make myself comfortable. Usually, that’s lying on my back without crossing my legs. That’s simply so that blood flow into my feet isn’t stemmed and I don’t end up with a dead leg.
Having settled down physically, it is now time to rest the mind by becoming aware of my breathing. I focus on its rhythm: the gentle in and out of air as I inhale and exhale. By doing this, it clears all other thoughts from the mind. Negative thoughts and distractions will temporarily disappear because you cannot concentrate on more than one thing at a time. To begin with, you will find that your mind will wander back into other thoughts. If so, just pull it back and return to focusing on your breathing. Similarly, don’t worry if you fall asleep in the middle of it. That is a good sign as it means that your mind is still enough to find sleep. If I wake up in the middle of the night, I follow the same routine again, often resulting in me getting back to sleep quickly, which is always welcome.
As time progresses, you may want to expand on your meditation techniques, but bedtime meditation is a good place to start.

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