Meditation is prayer. It is a way of becoming quiet of calming the mind and getting in touch with our inner spirit. It is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. I have meditated for years. However, I never made a consistent practice of it until now. I just didn’t made it important, but because I feel so much more relaxed after mediating I include it as a powerful combat mode to kick depression. Here are some simple steps that we can both follow to help us make it a daily practice. I will be with you along the way, you are never alone my friend. Here goes:
1. Early in the morning and before you go to sleep are great times to meditate.
2. Begin by stretching to loosen your muscles.
3. Sit in a comfortable position.
4. Focus your attention on the point between your eyebrows.
5. Breathe out and breathe in.
6, Sit for just a few minutes to begin with and as days go by add minutes as you are able.
It is better to mediate for five minutes twice a day than not to meditate at all. So let’s be kind to ourselves and make it a simple and joyful moment of peace, calm and equanimity. At one time I got very competitive with my meditation, if I heard someone was sitting for half an hour, I felt I had to do that. Or if someone was sitting for three hours, I felt I wasn’t putting forth the right effort and that they were a better meditator than me.
My friend, don’t do that. Depression would love you to be all competitive, because it knows if you get into being competitive with meditation, you will undoubtedly give it up. Meditation is not a competitive sport. It is simply sitting down, or walking quietly, or even standing or laying down, and becoming still. It is letting your thoughts pass through your mind so you do not pay them any particular attention. That is the art of meditation, to let things go. So let things go and sit and be still….and above all enjoy!
There are also mantras that you can use to help calm your mind and stop it from chattering away to you. Read any book on meditation and you will find many different mantras that you can use. For example silently repeating the sound of “Om” as you breathe in and out, or silently saying the word “Love.”
Today, let’s meditate. Please join me.