Have you ever felt that “climbing the walls” feeling from too much stress and pressure?
Or perhaps just, “get me out of here!” from a job that feels more draining and depleting than life giving?
Good news, a) you’re not along and b) there’s hope!
Meditation is a wonderful tool to help us put our lives into perspective. Did you know, it’s also been proven to improve brain function for all ages?
Not many of us really know what it means to meditate. Or we have expectations that something mystical will happen – whatever “mystical” means.
The good news is that plenty of people offer simple ways to both learn and easily practice meditation. So we can all enjoy its tremendous value in our lives, without all the mystical mumbo jumbo.
One way to look at meditation is to think of it simply. At the end of the day it’s mindful awareness. Paying attention to what’s happening…in the moment.
It includes noticing things through our senses. What do we see, hear, feel, taste, smell, again, in the moment? It also includes noticing where we are in our space.
For five to ten minutes, simply allow your mind time to practice awareness.
Yes, thoughts will pop in. Noticing thoughts is really no different that noticing your senses. Again, it’s about awareness. Pay attention to what thoughts you have. Let your mind simply observe them, too.
Are you ready to give it a try? I thought so!
Before we begin, consider some ground rules:
1) If you find your thoughts going all over the place and distracting you from witnessing your senses, that’s OK. Simply acknowledge them with a gentle “thank you” and just keep going. Eventually, you will learn to manage them and witness them.
Allow yourself the luxury of doing your best and having your best be OK. Besides, don’t you have enough people beating up on you already? You don’t have to follow the crowd. Stop beating up on yourself! When you start taking care of you, I’m sure you’ll find others will do the same.
2) As with anything, practice makes perfect – with “perfect” being more about consistently taking time out of your day to meditate rather than having the perfect meditation session!
The more you meditate or practice mindfulness, the more you will benefit. In fact, many people report less anxiety and stress and an increase in a sense of well being including clarity, safety, security and overall well being.
Who doesn’t want more of that?
The following mindfulness meditation audio is taken from the book “Mindsight: the New Science of Personal Transformation,” by Daniel J. Siegel. This is the exact practice he teaches to his clients to help them settle their restless minds.
Daniel recommends reading this script into a recorder so it can be used as a guided meditation session – and that’s exactly what I did. This is the same recording I use myself to enjoy this practice daily.
Stop climbing the walls with stress and anxiety! Take time out to calm your nerves and build your brain.
Just a few minutes of exercising your brain with meditating each day will have you well on your way to enjoying your life as it is today, as you work on your goals for a better tomorrow.
Sit back, relax and enjoy! (And be safe – no mediating while driving.)
Hub of Awareness Meditation[audio:HubofAwareness.mp3]