What’s one thing you can carry with you anywhere that can help you out during times of distress, grief and worry? A well-heeled meditation practice.
Meditation is the act of focusing on something to allow the mind to become more still (notice I didn’t say empty!). One simple way to do this is by placing your awareness on the movement of your breath into and out of your body. The challenge is to keep your focus and not get lost in your thoughts.
If you are human like me, you’ll probably notice you have many thoughts – and some of them are not nice. Don’t be hard on yourself. Meditation is going to help you, and me, be calmer in the body and in the mind.
The key to getting the benefits of meditation is a regular practice, so that when you really need it, when the shit hits the fan, you’ll be able to use it. Think of it like a muscle that gets a workout everyday and gets stronger each time. After some time you’ll go deeper into a meditative state much faster than before.
Start out with shorter sittings then increase the time as it gets easier for you. The best posture is sitting upright, either in a chair or propped on a meditation stool or cushion. Did you know that yoga poses were practiced in India to enable people to sit in meditation longer without pain? I recommend gentle yoga, if you’re interested.
If one of your goals is to have greater access to your intuitive abilities, then meditation is the go-to solution. A disciplined practice will enable you to fine-tune your awareness. It’s also a way to raise your vibration to communicate with spirit in higher frequencies.
Lastly, you don’t need a recorded meditation to follow along. Many “meditations” are available now but they’re actually visualisations – these are great, but think of them as dessert, not dinner. May your meditation practice be a peaceful retreat from the world around you.