Do You Seek Calm, Or Chaos?

22
Feb

ABSTRACT

Do you want to learn to relax?

Do you want to understand and/or slow down the chatter of your mind?

Do you want to become calmer, more focused in your daily life, less (easily) embroiled in unnecessary drama? 

If you answered ‘yes’ to any above questions (who wouldn’t) you could be helped greatly by a meditation practice. If you’re willing. If you’re ready. As mentioned in my previous post, meditation requires commitment and patience.

But I can start you off, nice and slow. Piece of cake!

I’m not a meditation purist who has all kinds of rules, so no worries there. I meditate one way: My Way.

I tried to follow conventional rules in the beginning: to sit up ramrod straight, cross-legged, palms raised. Result: annoying back strain, wrists agitated. I say: forget guidelines that don’t work for you;  it’s the outcome that matters. Practiced regularly, meditation outcomes can be divine. Not to mention that meditation is there for you, whenever you need it. What a comfort!

The following is my general meditation regiment:

  • Turn off/remove/displace/…all interruptive elements – children, spouse, pets, all forms of extraneous technology.
  • Turn out the lights in the room you plan to meditate in.
  • Get into a bed. Pull up the covers.
  • Put a warm (not blazing hot) heating pad on your stomach.
  • Put an eyeshade on, especially if prone to visual distractions.
  • Put on headphones (for listening to meditation guide.)
  • Get  comfortable in the bed.
  • Lie on your back.
  • Load this simple youtube meditation: http://youtu.be/hm2Wymc0FtQ (courtesy of  Lara Patriquin.)
  • Follow the guide’s words –  to the best of your ability. Don’t worry a whit if you have a million thoughts that cross your mind while she is talking to you. This is normal; these thoughts will ebb and flow, even recede as your practice increases in frequency. The racing thoughts will also educate you. How? Find out!

And remember: there is no perfection in meditation. For me, it’s about feeling “different” when the meditation ends. I won’t tell you what that feeling is. Or the “different.” You’ll have to find that out for yourself, too.

Try to practice a few times a week. The more you practice, the more “calm” will spill healthfully into your daily life.

Could it be that this is the kind of relief we’re all searching for?

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. March 2nd, 2013 | Evgeny says:

    To mediate, find a quiet place, sit upright with your back straight, take a few deep breaths, relax all your muscles, clear your mind. Meditation can take many forms. In meditation the brain goes into a very quiet state. You can mediate on a mantran a spot of light, on nothing, on something, but stillness is the goal.

  2. July 2nd, 2013 | ゴローズ says:

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  3. April 12th, 2014 | Wendy Kay says:

    I LOVE it, Abby! “I meditate one way: My Way.”

    That’s the Best advice I’ve seen added into recommendations on meditating. There really is no other way for a person to do it; just try and see how it can work for you. You stating that, I believe will encourage more people to try it.

    Nice! :)

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