“I do your meditation nearly daily and it is great. It is so relaxing that I often fall asleep towards the end of track one and wake up towards the end of track 2…..! It helps a lot”
I received those words in a recent email and was delighted with the timeless benefit of the guided meditations that I made in 1991 to help my clients.
Meditation techniques are many and they all require focus, concentration and awareness.
Paradoxically it is when we focus and concentrate our mind that we allow it to rest. There is no longer a flitting from this thought to that, and the creation of stories and emotions that take us outside the present moment.
Breath is our constant companion. It is our life. We can use it to focus ourselves in the present and find a little peace of mind.
Now, for many that is an impossibility – to just be quiet and focus on the breath. If you are one of those people I offer two tips:
The first is to move.
Focus on your walking, dancing, bicycling – whatever you like best. Feel your different muscles engage and your breath give you energy. This might be enough.
Yet if you want to train yourself to sitting meditation then you can sit down the very instant you stop moving. Close your eyes and concentrate on feeling your body. Get to know yourself in a different way and gradually over time you will be able to sit for longer and longer periods of meditation.
The second tip is to use a mantra.
It is a great way of short circuiting mind chatter.
Mantras traditionally are given by a spiritual teacher and there is a certain energy that accompanies them. The mantra that I use is “om namah shivaya” – I acknowledge the divine – in myself, other and all of creation. You may like to use a simple uplifting phrase like ” I am present here and now. This moment is a new beginning”
Meditation is both a process and a state of mind. It is a way of knowing yourself deeply and accepting what is. When