Written By: Chris Wheeler, CST
In a world where we put so much emphasis on doing, accomplishing and being productive it is hard for us to see the value in stillness and silence. Yet there is a part of us that craves just that!
Meditation has always been a part of ancient cultures and religions and has gradually seeped into our Western society. There is a multitude of traditional meditations that are beautiful and life-changing practices. The commonality of all of these forms is attention to the breath, centering, grounding, stillness and a movement inward. As we practice any form of meditation we will begin to see the benefits in our everyday life. We may notice a decrease in blood pressure, depression, anxiety and feelings of anger. Qualities of tolerance, optimism, and compassion may develop as well as clarity in our thoughts and our ability to make decisions. Sleep patterns may improve, bringing more health and vitality into our lives.
When it is a struggle to quiet the mind, setting an intention for our meditation can be helpful. You might be seeking guidance on something in your life, healing, a sense of peace or connection. We often spend time asking or talking (prayer) but do we take time to listen (meditation) for the answer. Answers can come in many ways and not always during our meditation practice. They might come in a phone call from a friend, a song or something we read. Often there is an inner voice that speaks to us, trust it! Trusting and following these signs opens the avenue of communication and guidance.
Get creative with a form of meditation that works for you.
- Time spent in nature, being very conscious of your surroundings, listening and observing how nature interacts.
- Doing daily chores with stillness and intention.
- Turning off all devices and notice your breathing.
- Playing with your child with your full attention on the joy they have to share.
Create a life that is a living meditation by becoming more conscious and mindful of your breath, thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions.