“Quiet the Mind, and the Soul Will Speak.”

Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati

I often suggest the practice of meditation to those who suffer from anxiety, unease and restlessness. It’s not unusual to get resistance and one of the comments I get most often is… “I can’t clear my mind!”

This brings up a major misconception about the practice of meditation. People expect to immediately still themselves and if they can’t clear their mind of every thought, they feel as if they failed at meditation. I find this unfortunate. The pressure we place on ourselves to do things perfectly is the very reason why we need to meditate.

Meditation helps us to be present and accept this moment as it is.

Like anything new, meditation requires practice. Much like we can’t expect to see results after the first day of exercising our body, we can’t expect that we can immediately flip the switch from an agitated state to one of calm.

Meditation requires patience and perseverance. You won’t necessarily “get it” the first time or even the 10th time, but with intention, you’ll be able to cultivate an enjoyable practice.

One of the wonderful benefits of meditation is getting to know yourself. You get to spend time in your inner world. You become more in tune with subtle nuances. You’ll become intimate with the place where answers and insights reside. You’ll feel connected to something bigger than yourself… and sense your infinity and absoluteness.

You can draw on that cultivated calm when you need it. That makes life much more manageable.

Looking to get started with a basic meditation? Listen here.
Tune in here for a short Progressive Relaxation Meditation
Progressive Muscle Relaxation helps to release stress and tension from the body by alternating between tensing and releasing our muscles. By doing so, we return our muscles to their pre-tense state. It promotes a sense of calm, ease and wellbeing.

Mindfulness

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness involves cultivating presence in the moment. It is the practice of tuning in with all your senses to fully capture what is happening within you and around you.

Typical mundane tasks can be transformed into something mindful. All it takes is the intention to become fully encapsulated in what is taking place.

When we focus into our senses, it becomes a conduit to heightening our awareness. We consciously bring our attention to what is happening in real time.

Mindfulness is the gateway to acceptance.

When we are able to accept the present moment for what it is, we can release our obsessions about the past and worries about the future. We realize that NOW is all that matters. This doesn’t mean we don’t cherish memories or make plans for the future. It is all a level of degree.

Mindfulness calls for us to let go of judgement about where we are in space and time. We become grounded in NOW. We soften around terms such as “right” and “wrong” and accept thoughts and feelings as they are.

We can cultivate Mindfulness by simply tuning in.

We can set an intention for present-centered awareness and notice what is unfolding in real time. Mindfulness has the power to transform us, helping us to be less reactive by putting space between what is happening and our observation of it.

If we interact with the world in auto-pilot mode, we are missing out on the juice of life. Being in auto-pilot siphons the joy out of our experiences because we are not really there for them.

Being mindful places is in the heart of our life. It’s where the richness of life exists. The wonderful reality is that we don’t have to wait for us. It is available to us at every moment.