Meditation is all about stilling the monkey mind. This is a term the buddhists use to describe what the mind does. Your mind is constantly chattering, jumping from one subject to the next. Someone needs to tell the monkey to stop the chatter and give it a rest! Meditation helps you do this and keep your monkey in check. Lol I hope you enjoy that metaphor.
What is the point of meditation you say? Well there are many advantages to meditating. Here are some. It helps you be more present. It improves relationships. It makes you focus better. It combats stress. If you are not in harmony with the world it brings you back into sync. It even has been proven to help your physical body like your metabolism, brain functioning and sleepng. Seriously the benefits are huge! A lot of people think you have to sit down and do fourty minutes or an hour a day or in the week to meditate. Not true! If you do just ten minutes a day or even three times a week. Or as often as you can (even three minutes) it will really help you.
And there are so many ways to meditate. You can meditate on your breath counting one to ten. You can focus on an image. You can use movement and do a walking meditation. Maybe your artistic go paint something that can even be a form of stilling and emptying the mind. So for example you could do a guided meditation, use mantras or use visualisations.
A lot of people are time poor or as one of my friends would say not using time properley. You can incorporate meditation into any aspect of your life. And do it however you like. I do realise some people think the idea of sitting down and meditating as daunting. I have meditated throughout the years. I now like to do a range of things. But I started off with the breath meditation because it was simple and easy to begin with but also effective.
My advice from experience is practice. Some days you might find meditation is easier than others or it didn’t go well. Just keep doing it as often as you can. Remember last week I talked about intuition. This is a brillant way to develop that gift. To get in touch with that inner voice of yours. And hopefully much, much, more. How do you feel about meditation?