Do Yourself a Favor
Would you like to feel less stressed and be more able to juggle all the responsibilities you face? Is your mind racing through many thoughts all at one time? Are you being pushed around by the busy brain syndrome?
Stress can flood your nervous system with chemicals that prepare you for “fight or flight.” This gives your body extra energy to get out of a dangerous situation. However, it wears your body down to have those chemicals being triggered on an ongoing basis.
To make the most of your life, it helps for you to find ways to bring peace, positivity and relaxation into your daily activities. One of the best ways to do this is to practice meditation, particularly the type of meditation I’m about to describe.
Meditation techniques naturally relax your mind and body. Meditation trains your mind to let go of being harried, and instead helps you feel more positive. Learning how to meditate can easily bring magical changes into your life.
Meditation is a valuable exercise to counter a hectic life and the negative emotions that ensue. Many varieties and techniques are available.
One of the best ways to calm and refresh your busy brain is to do this simple form of meditation. Just put yourself in a quiet inner space, ignore any distractions, and focus on your breathing while you sit quietly and meditate.
This is a special type of meditation in which you simply stay aware of your breathing. This helps you calm those busy thoughts that keep ruling you. You just withdraw your attention from mental ruminations. Instead, you redirect your mind to focusing on the physical sensations of breathing.
If you’re thinking all the time,
you’re often distorting
the positive feelings
of your true nature.
Breathing is a treat. If you’re thinking all the time, you’re often distorting the positive feelings of your true nature. Meditating while being aware of breathing deeply and slowly helps you feel your positive emotions and delete the negative ones. Becoming aware of your breathing as you meditate helps your stress to melt.
To go to the next step of your meditating, if you prefer to close your eyes, go ahead. Yet remember that if you do so, you might fall asleep or quickly get lost in your thoughts. You might find the best way is to keep your eyes a little bit open and begin to do a slow, relaxing breathing.
You can feel the energy connect with your body with each deep breath. Along the way, you can say short, positive statements to yourself, one at a time.
- I choose to feel happy now
- Happiness is my true nature
- My true happiness within me is getting stronger
- I allow myself to feel the true happiness within me
- I am becoming more loving
- Every day my life is getting better and better
You can use your own words too. As you say any of these examples, you are imagining and feeling what you desire. This can build your confidence and feelings of happiness. This helps you allow yourself to move in the directions that feel best to you.
What about visualization during meditation? Do you like to imagine places, things, or people?
Visualizing can be interesting. However, it can distract you from the real purpose of meditation. The main focus in meditation is staying in touch with your feelings. Your feelings are the real driving force in your life.
If a disturbing emotion shows up, ask your inner self to help you let it go away. That does not mean stuffing it. Rather, it allows your positive inner self to wash away the negativity. Positivity is an extremely beneficial attitude that you can use to help overcome anything that’s holding you back.
For example, you become aware of a person’s critical attitude towards you. If you react negatively, the person’s criticism may tend to loom large in your mind and thus cause a problem. If you take a positive view of the criticism instead of rejecting it, you can apply any part of it that may be useful to you. It’s empowering to become friends with your positive emotions.
When you stay in touch with your feelings of happiness, enthusiasm, and serenity, do remember to notice the help you receive from those feelings. Savor and appreciate that help! That way you’ll have those good feelings more often.
Appreciate Your Breath
Your breath is your life force. Let your breath flow naturally, deeply, and smoothly. If you slow down and focus on your breathing, you can become more aware of this beautiful life force within you. If you develop this awareness, you’re likely to have feelings of gratitude. Having these feelings is very beneficial to your body, mind and heart. Medical research shows gratitude to be a very potent support of health. You can allow that to happen. You’re likely to experience many beneficial results.
If your mind keeps wandering off during meditation, simply bring it back. How? Feel your breath coming in and out through every pore of your body. Your breath can keep you anchored to your meditation.
When you’re ready to come out of your meditation, feel the gratefulness for your renewed energy. If you remember the step of feeling gratitude, you’ll find that the benefits of your meditation spill over into your daily life.
For example, now you might accept and understand people’s attitudes that bothered you before. Maybe you’ll remember to slow down and savor moments with people who are special to you. The variety of benefits can go on and on for you.
Meditation is often done sitting or lying down. However, I’ve found it delightful to enter a relaxed meditative state while I slowly walk in a pleasant environment.
Sometimes I look at the trees and flowers. Sometimes I partially close my eyes and focus internally. I enjoy hearing the sounds of the chirping birds and the trees rustling in the breeze.
As I walk along, I keep focusing on my breath and my positive emotions. I also stay open to feeling the Spiritual Love that flows within me.
Many creative spiritual intuitions have come to me during my walking meditations.
I enjoy walking for about 15-20 minutes several times a day. When I return to my work or other activities, I feel refreshed and enthusiastic. Many creative intuitions have come to me during my walking meditations.
Can Your Family Become Friends of Meditation?
You deserve taking care of yourself by using your personal meditation process. However, meditation can also be part of what you give to your family. Your meditation can give you ideas of good things for the family: better diet, perhaps, or fitness ideas, or ideas of how to have family celebrations. Also, you can encourage them to meditate.
Maybe you can find time for the family to sit together quietly for fifteen minutes. You could play soft music as a background. Everyone can benefit from meditating together. This sharing can become a treat that enlivens them, and maybe even helps them feel smarter and more creative. Such a practice could indeed become a friend to your family.
Even if your children are young, you can find fun ways to meditate together. You can give your children a way of relaxing and building their energy. For example, you can find many children’s meditation exercises on the Internet. If you participate with them in their meditations, you can help them be less likely to get embedded in Facebook or video games. From doing their meditations, they can become more creative with their own ideas.
Meditation can be a bonding experience for any family. Your personal experiences of meditation can be very useful, and different for each individual. Each person can share with other family members the benefits he or she is collecting.
Together, you can experience the values of meditation along with different practices and techniques. Whether weekly, twice a week or daily, whether for a few hours or a few minutes, it’s quality time that you can spend together. It’s beneficial to everyone because of the ways you can all share new ideas.
Even More Ideas for Meditation
Many ordinary daily activities can become increasingly meditative. While you go about your day, it’s useful to slow down and become aware of feeling your positive helpful feelings. This in itself is a simple, powerful type of meditation you can do.
For example: You can feel your inner energy each time your fingertips touch a key on your keyboard. You can feel the temperature of the room you’re in. If you have an itch, you can feel it and not have to scratch it.
Taking short “meditation breaks” in the midst of a busy day can be very beneficial. Just stop what you’re doing for a couple of minutes. Take a deep breath and feel your inner positive emotions. You may feel a warm tingle in your hands, feet and face. Give it a little time to let it become a deeper feeling. Your happiness begins to feel stronger. Why not try this right now?