Confusion has become the norm during the last weeks all over the world. The ideal antidote against this sense of unrest is meditation, but some people feel intimidated by it.
The truth is that meditation doesn’t have to be complicated. You can do it alone, at home, and at your own pace. Our worries stem from our thoughts, but our minds can be a source of peace and quiet, too. That state of mind is within reach. Achieving it can be as simple as closing your eyes and taking a deep breath.
If staying at the same place is taking its toll on you, this is a useful exercise. Sit in a comfortable place, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Relax your body part by part, from head to toes. When you feel relaxed, visualize yourself in a beautiful, calm place. You could be, for example, in a forest by a pond. Visualize all the details as you breathe mindfully. How does it feel to caress the grass with your bare feet? Are there animals nearby? What are they doing? Stay in this peaceful place you are visualizing for as long as you want until you feel replenished and energized.
Use a Mantra
Words are so powerful that their very sound can be used as a mantra, or a vehicle for meditation. Follow the same initial steps suggested in the visualization exercise: Close your eyes relax your body and breathe calmly and slowly. When you feel your body tensions dissolving, say a word or a phrase of your choosing and repeat it audibly. Allow yourself to be carried away by the sound of your own voice. Let the words guide you and dictate the pace and the volume at which you repeat them.
“Om,” the mystical Sanskrit sound that represents the entirety of the universe is a classic example of a mantra. However, you can choose any word or phrase that has a special significance for you.
Notice 5 things
Sit in a comfortable place and relax with your eyes open. Identify any tensions in your body and ease those muscles as you breathe. Then, make the conscious choice of noticing five details of your surroundings. Don’t judge or ask yourself why you focus on a certain detail. It may be a passing sound, the pattern on a tablecloth, or the way the sun hits a piece of furniture. You will be surprised to experience how restful it can be to untether your attention, allowing it to roam free.
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