With the hectic pace and demands of modern life, many people feel stressed and over-worked. It often feels like there is just not enough time in the day to get everything done. Our stress and tiredness make us unhappy, impatient and frustrated! It can even affect our health. Meditation is one very simple solution to all of these problems.
However, we are often so busy we feel there is no time to stop and meditate!
So why meditate…
For those of us who are busy, believe it or not but meditation actually gives you more time by making your mind calmer and more focused. A simple ten or fifteen minute breathing meditation (as explained below) can help you to overcome your stress and find some off that inner peace you need. Thus mental tasks will seem easier and straight forward with a new, clear and focused mind!
So how to do it…
The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make your mind clearer and more lucid. This can be accomplished by practising a simple breathing meditation:
Choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position. You can sit any way, however the most important thing is to keep your back straight to prevent your mind from becoming sluggish or sleepy- just like your back! Now to continue:
Rest your eyes and turn your attention to breathing…. Breathe naturally… preferably through the nostrils… without attempting to control your breath…. Try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils… This sensation is our object of meditation….. You should try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else….
At first, your mind will be very busy; this is when you become aware of how busy your mind actually is. There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but be strong! Resist this and remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of your breath. If you have discovered you have wondered off in your thoughts, try and concentrate on your breathing again. If you are consistent with this you will find that you will only be concentrating on your breath.
And this ladies and gentleman is meditation, so simple, so good. Try this a few times a week, every day, you will have a more focused mind and can stay calmer through any situation. It truly is good for you.