Todays Spiritual Tip: Smart Ways To Meditate
An excerpt from The Meditators Workbook
There are many easy yet smart ways to Meditate. Read about my journey below! ‘Meditation was elusive. Sit, breathe, and conjure up some love for God and focus on your eternal self. A lot of work for “doing nothing”. I was living in an attic suite, hoping I’d get an acting job and figured it was best to do something productive. Following Yogananda’s protocol, I eagerly adopted an Eastern ritual. I placed a chair facing East and put a wool blanket over top; then, I mustered up some self-disciple and sat. There was deep satisfaction in doing the five-minute deed even though my mind was busy compiling “to-do when my dreams come true lists”. I was disappointed I couldn’t levitate or have visions of angels within a short time, but I settled for a sense of ease growing within me and it was getting easier to find a positive perspective in tough situations.
That meditation chair became my friend, albeit a challenging friend who haunted my conscience when I got lazy and didn’t want to sit. However, every day over the years I dedicated time to my soul. I transformed and became a compassionate, happier person. I softened from the inside out; even though life got much harder. Essentially, my bucket-of-dreams fall apart; however, I, Shana, came together.’
Here’s a quick and easy exercise from the Meditators Workbook you can do:
Clearing your mind- Visualise a lake or body of water you’ve visited before. Sit and focus entirely on the calmness you feel. Watch the ripples as they form, or the waves as they rock in and out. Saturate your mind with the energy of water. Even when your mind wants to remind you of your “real” life and daily pressures, relax and laugh at yourself. It’s your time; treat your busy self like you would a sweet child. Be kind but stay firm within your boundaries. Don’t allow the mind to have its way with you anymore. Use the lake as your getaway, a mental vacation for even five minutes. Conjure this image up if you’re trapped sitting in a traffic jam or at the office when you need a brief respite and to center yourself.
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.”
Louisa May Alcott