You can accomplish unbelievable feats with meditation, you might already be tapping into its power.
Dictionary.com describes “meditation”:
Meditation [med-i-tey-shuh n] noun.
1. The act of meditating.
2. Continued or extending thought; reflection; contemplation.
3. Transcendental meditation.
4. Devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection.
Physical activity is a popular way to segment personal solo time for reflection. It’s as simple as choosing the moments you won’t be bothered by the quick moving life outside of yourself. Focusing your breathing and letting every thought other than that of being present float away.
If you cook, in Cynthia Lair’s presentation “How to cut an onion” she discusses how she accidentally taught meditation through her cooking classes. I found myself nodding as if she’d feel me through the computer! Give it a watch (by clicking here), a thumbs up if you like it. I know she’ll see and be very thankful for your support. If you have Netflix you might watch “Cooked (Water – S01E02), there’s some nifty words to be heard about the mindful cooking.
It helps if every day you write down five things you’re grateful for, even if it’s “for the day to be over” or “Another day”. Take this time to appreciate what you have, like the bed you sleep in or healthy family and pets. I like to keep this kind of information in a hand and self-picked visually appealing notebook. When you recount all the reasons to be grateful you’ll focus with an invested heart on those reasons.
I read two business books that seemed like parallels of one another, from two segments of the entrepreneurial spectrum. Juxtapose these pieces of literature weave in and out of each other. It’s strange how I ended up reading them around the same time considering I owned one much longer than the other. The ingredients boiled down to God, Family, and Career with a heaping spoonful of humor. Both authors felt strongly about the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It helps to help others, and when you’re like me and can’t bite your tongue all the time just try to do twice as positive in another scenario. Know you’re consciously giving out the kind of energy you’d like returned.
Life is a cycle; feed positive into the cycle and embracing time with using it as if this is your vacation will make life feel like exactly that. The concept in Mary Kay’s book about planning life like a vacation made me take conscious steps towards doing exactly that. Try making efforts to enjoy days more, look forward to and plan your time as if you would for a grand vacation. Making conscious efforts to do things that just make you happy. Dave Ramsey and MK discuss the vital benefits from choosing to do what you love. Doing what you don’t love because you’re being responsible for your personal commitments is something to be most proud of as well.
You can find meditation in anything you do, I section off time specifically for sitting down legs folded eyes closed meditation. Some people might not have this freedom, though. I also sit in front of the window writing in my dialogue as a reflective way to transcend thoughts. I like to enjoy a refreshing drink like tea in complete self-reflection moments where I think on nothing at all. Life should be celebrated by embracing the time you have here doing exactly what you are. Experimenting with new recipes motivates me to keep presentable dishes, presentable doesn’t have to mean expensive. For example, clear glass tea cup and dish sets I wanted would be $30.00 USD not including shipping costs online. I snagged my sets for a few dollars at a thrift store. So, there’s all these ways you can use patience to create little goals that you’ll appreciate achieving and being reminded of through your everyday life, like sipping tea from your new dish set. The mental capacity to step back from yourself and reflect on what’s best for every-thing involved will help your meditation.
One of my favorite resources for getting started with meditation is https://www.calm.com/, they have great (and free) guided meditation that might help those struggling with focusing. You don’t have to use the guided, there’s music audio only options too!
I also enjoy just going outside, no headphones, no electronics, and taking in all the sounds of the world around me. Be it city traffic, dogs, barking, or children playing, it’s nice to know these are my world’s sounds I’m getting to experience.
You could also try your own music or maybe give some of these a try:
You might not have time to read all that, here’s the gist:
- Remember the Golden Rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
- Write down 5 things you’re grateful for, daily, in a hand-picked notebook.
- Plan life like a vacation, explore and do things you love.
- Meditate daily, If you have trouble doing it alone you could try app’s like Calm which has free guided meditation.
- Find meditative moments in everyday chores finishing them one at a time, focusing caring attention on the task at hand.