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How would you like to be so mellow that your shoulder tops feel like pudding? Yet you are not tired, just deeply relaxed? A great way to get there is through meditation. And you don’t have to convert to Hinduism and use Indian words in order to meditate. Meditation is also a Christian practice going back centuries. The current Pope uses the word “meditation” in several ways daily. So don’t worry about your faith origin. If you’ve been curious about meditation, maybe now is the time to give it a whirl.
A major key is to set up a comfortable place to sit, away from distractions, preferably for 20 minutes at a time. For the meditation time to work for you, of course you will close your laptop and turn off your smartphone. Change the lighting to soft. Think of it as a set of agreements you are making with yourself! And the more you meditate, for example twice daily, the more you will feel your thoughts, your body, and even your skin relaxing. This feels so good and so healthy, that you might get addicted to it! There are many sources for meditation music, seats, drums, and electronic devices that are offered as helps for different types of meditation. But I have found that low tech, no-additive meditation is really great: refreshing, inexpensive, no-fuss, and life-changing. The beneficial medical effects of true meditation have been documented since the 1970’s.
Here are 8 steps, to try this amazing practice at home:
- Sit in a quiet, undisturbed area, in a comfortable chair. Uncross your legs and place your feet on the floor. Sit up fairly straight; this allows the spinal energy to flow well. You may want to be barefoot.
- Select some quiet music or turn on a humming room fan if something is needed to screen background noise. To use music or not is up to personal preference.
- Exhale and drop your shoulders. Find a comfortable balance in your posture.
- Notice your shoulders releasing tension and dropping pleasantly.
- Set a pleasant-sounding timer and continue your meditation for 15-20 minutes. Notice how your different body/mind/heart/spirit systems are responding. You may find your eyes are pleasantly streaming tears and your entire system has a deep sense of relaxation. Your breathing may be much more comfortable.
- After your selected time, gently open your eyes. If you have trouble opening your eyes, rub your hands together until they are warm, then hold them to your eyes for a half minute or so.
- Gently allow your system to come back into consciousness. Take your time.
- Journal your observations and realizations for a few minutes. Notice any change in your body, your spiritual perspective or sense of connection.
Let me know (email@example.com) what you notice in your thoughtstream, your body, and your skin. Has your sense of stress shifted? Notice any changes in your relationship to stress over the next week or month. Notice if some of your routine aches and/or pains are subsiding. Now you are in Upbeat Spiritual Livingsm! To learn more about the history and types of meditation, you may want to check out my book, Sacred Meditation.
And that would also be you, increasingly Healthy Happy and Loving Lifesm!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert, holistic healer, and award-winning author who celebrates life. She has a longtime natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. Among her books are: Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, and Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine. The books are available on Amazon and through Kebba’s office. They are also available in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the Franciscan Renewal Center bookstore and at the bookstore at St. Barnabas on the Desert Episcopal Church. Or simply email us to order: firstname.lastname@example.org . Thank you!