Many of us start a new year with some well-intentioned promises to ourselves: lose weight, spend more time with the family, eat better, or smoke less. All of those things require us to do something differently, but if we stick to it, in time it will no doubt improve our lifestyle or health along the way. But what about making a more complete 2017 resolution to be the person you were really meant to be, and to learn how to meditate to help you achieve that outcome? Out of all those we mentioned before, this resolution is the only one that demands that you stop, take a breath and get in touch with your inner self – the real you.
Are you game?
Now if you have never meditated before this might sound crazy or religious, or just too hard, but it is not, and it is neither of those things. You might think it to be a religious practice because you often see Buddhist monks meditating, but the truth of the matter is that you can still meditate whether you have any religious beliefs or not.
Some of the great benefits of meditating include:
- you will achieve a real sense of inner peace not found through any other way
- reducing your stress levels is one of the great reasons we should all meditate
- you become more aware of the seemingly thousands of irrelevant thoughts which pass through your head every day, and you learn to just let them go
- studies around the world show that meditation improves overall health and makes participants feel better about themselves
- likewise it seems to assist with specific medical conditions such as inflammation and heart conditions
- it improves your ability to deal with other people because you are calmer in yourself and tend not make rash judgements about others
- your focus improves as you learn to control your thoughts and feelings
- you become less emotional over things that don’t really matter but which previously would have sent you into a rage
- it can change your life as you no longer feel the need to be chasing get-rich schemes, or to be someone you are not meant to be
- your sleep patterns can improve, allowing you to finally get that eight hours sleep each night.
Meditation is not something you try today for ten minutes and then hope to become an expert. It is a lifestyle where you make the time each day to sit quietly for 20 or 30 minutes in a comfortable place where you can close your eyes, but not fall asleep nor be interrupted. Begin to focus on your breath and as you do so you will notice many thoughts still entering your mind. You cannot stop those thoughts but the point is not to focus on them either. Just allow them to come, recognise them and then let them go – like fish swimming past in a fish tank. By doing so you are calming your mind and body, allowing you to better understand the real you, without all the fears, anxiety and anger.
Some people find it helpful to listen to a guided meditation where someone takes you through a dream-like scenario where you slow your breathing and enter a quiet garden or forest. How you ultimately meditate is up to you and you might try various methods until you find the right one for you. There is no right or wrong way, just your way. So why not give it a try to see if 2017 doesn’t finally become the year where you can finally achieve all those other resolutions because you finally are in a place where you can better control your thoughts, emotions and actions.
Living each adventure,
Christine and Trevor
Empowering people to live a healthy, active, authentic and fulfilling life.
Adelaide, South Australia.
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