Peace of Mind- Anytime, Anywhere
For most, meditation is a practice, sometimes linked to religious or spiritual teachings which allows them to quieten their thinking and experience more peace of mind.
The methods of quietening thinking are usually to focus on one thing, like your breathing, a flame, chanting or a mantra and, when you get distracted, to gently bring your mind back to the task in hand.
We mostly think of meditation as being still but some, like a walking meditation, involves movement and mindfulness is more about bringing our attention to the present moment whatever we are doing.
The benefits of meditation for stress relief, health and wellbeing, are widely documented so it would seem something we would all do, at lot!
But many of us don’t!
I love the section in Eat Pray Love where Elizabeth Gilbert describes her battle with the mosquitoes a she attempts to tame her ‘monkey mind’ in an Indian Ashram. It seems many who have tried to introduce meditation or guided relaxation into their lives have experienced this struggle and feeling that they must be ‘doing it wrong’ as there are so many thoughts distracting them.
Those that meditate and enjoy it, wonderful! And I’d encourage anyone to have a go. For those who try very hard to, set goals to and get upset with themselves when they don’t. Perhaps it’s time to reconsider? Could there be anyother way to peace of mind?
There are probably other times in your life when you find yourself with less on your mind. It could be a yoga class, free dancing or a walk in nature. It could be when you put your full attention on another person, play sport, paint, stroke a pet, or take a bath. Or it could be when you take time out for a cuppa.
These are times when your thinking doesn’t seem relevant and you feel free to ignore it. There is no struggle with trying to be present or stopping yourself from thinking. And when you place less importance on your thinking, you might find yourself in a peaceful content state without any special activity being required.
In those moments when our thinking settles, our wisdom can bubble up and ‘be heard’. We get fresh ideas, a sense of knowing and what Sydney Banks described as a ‘beautiful feeling’. This wisdom is always with us ready for us to tune in, anytime, anywhere. As Elizabeth Gilbert puts it...
“We don't realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.”
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