Meditation – a word we are all familiar with, but sadly not as widely practiced as it should be.
Given the extremely difficult conditions we have all faced on a day to day basis this year with Covid19, lockdowns, infection and R Rates, the sad loss of so many people, furloughing, redundancies etc. and will continue to face for possibly many months through winter, we need a release valve from the worries, tensions, fears and despair brought about by the prevailing cloud of Covid19 induced uncertainty.
Meditation can be experienced in many ways – it may be a country walk through our natural environment that enables you to contemplate on daily issues and consider possible solutions within the peace of the flora and fauna. A lot of changes can materialize by just stepping off the daily roller coaster and giving your inner voice a chance to give relay its wisdom, if you can but listen.
Fifteen minutes before starting your day
It would be a really beneficial habit to have a ‘fifteen minute quiet time’ before starting your day. Gently closing the eyes and keeping still in a seated position. I advise not to drink coffee when you rise in the morning – it disrupts the body’s natural waking process – start with hot water and lemon to cleanse and detox the system; coffee can come later.
Ten yogic breaths that will calm your world
Anxiety and panic are devastating emotions that have a lasting effect on the energy system and can also have long-term effects physically in many forms, dependent upon the issues and circumstances.
Should you find yourself in this type of anxious situation, it is worth remembering to deep breath – in fact, why not practice ten yogic breaths that will eradicate the initial fearsome thoughts and feelings? I give a simple formula below that you can use when anxiety strikes, often without notice.
Any long term anxieties and fears need to be treated by a professional and hypnotherapy is truly effective, so bear this in mind. Often just talking through the issues helps enormously so it is important not to “bottle up” emotions.
I am also going to suggest a visualisation for you to concentrate on that will help calm your mind and put you into a calm frame of mind. When we are calm and at peace we can think more clearly and more easily find those elusive solutions.
- Sit quietly in a chair with feet on the ground and close your eyes.
- Relax and breathe slowly and evenly.
- Begin to count, breathing deeply for a count of four, hold the breath for a count of four and then breathe slowly and evenly out for a count of six.
- Continue to breathe in this rhythm for ten breaths.
Feel the air pass easily through your nostrils, down your windpipe and into your lungs. You are in control of your breathing, complete control, from now on whenever you feel an anxiety or panic you can quickly stop it by relaxing every muscle in your body.
Concentrate on your breathing. Relax your breathing and begin to imagine yourself in a beautiful vast, clean desert, breathing in clean cool spring air; feel it go deep into your lungs.
As you imagine this clear desert air going deep into your lungs, your breathing returns to normal. Your mind becomes calm and focused with your own private thoughts. Your breath is slow and steady; every part of your body is breathing with each steady inhalation. Allow this controlled breathing to take you to a deep peace, letting go of attachments, feeling lighter.
You are relaxed but energised, at peace in the silence and all is well. Stay in this state of total relaxation until you are ready to bring your focus back to the moment.
There are times in our lives when too many voices seem to be pulling us this way and that. Our very confusion in such situations is a reminder to seek silence centering within. Only then are we able to hear our truth.Osho Zen
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