Welcome to another instalment in my reducing stress and anxiety series!
Over the past few weeks I have shown you how to identify tension in your body and techniques on how to eliminate the tension. Now we will turn our attention to the inner storms that may be occurring in our minds and souls.
Too often we are focused on the external world around us. It’s not our fault, it is just the way our society has taught us to be. We are busy living our lives. We don’t really stop to take time out and relax. The result is that we get stressed. What we need to do is set aside 15-30 minutes each day whereby we can be by ourselves in a quite environment and focus on what is happening within.
When people think of meditation the usually visualise a bearded guy in a white outfit sitting in the lotus position repeating the “Om” mantra. I have good news for you: you do not have to grow a beard nor find some isolated mountain top to climb upon to find inner peace! All you need is a quite place where you can go and not be disturbed while you focus within yourself and discover where the storms are raging within your mind and soul. Then quite those storms.
So how do you meditate? Here is one way:
- Find a quite environment where you can go and not be disturbed for 15-30 minutes. Wear lose clothing.
- Sit or lie down in a comfortable position and close your eyes.
- Take several slow, deep, cleansing breathes and then slowly exhale.
- Pick a word to focus on during the length of the meditation. The idea is to focus your mind on this rather than allowing your thoughts to run amok like they usually do.
- Just repeat the word over and over again in your mind. If you find that your thoughts are getting away on you, do not be hard on yourself as your mind will start to wander. Just realise that your mind has wandered and then gently bring your mind back to refocus on the word.
- As you focus on the word you may begin to discover storms raging within your soul. This is because your mind has been allowed to have free reign with thoughts of worry and anxiety. Stay focused solely on the object/word of your meditation.
- At the end of the 15-30 minutes, slowly open your eyes. How do you feel now? Do you feel more peaceful within yourself? Have the storms abated within your mind and soul? They should have!
After a few weeks of daily meditation you will be amazed at how much happier and calmer you are. The things that used to bother you seem to have disappeared! Which means less stress in your life!
Here is one meditation that I just love doing. It is a centering exercise which enables you to push the external world to the periphery of your life and just be by yourself (I am not associated in any way to the group that has provided this video):
So…go…sit and meditate!