Everybody agrees meditation is a great thing to do.
Not everybody has a practice.
Why is that?
Three reasons. I hear them all the time….
- I can’t sit still.
- I can’t concentrate.
- I don’t have the time.
Which is too bad. Because it’s exactly those of us who can’t be still, can’t concentrate and have absolutely no time that need it the most.
So, I’ll share with you what I tell everyone:
- You don’t have to sit still.
- No one can concentrate.
- And no one has the time.
Yet everyone can have a powerful, empowering meditation practice. No extra time taken out of the day. No need for seclusion. No need to spend x amount of time every day practicing – because otherwise it won’t work.
All you need to start a meditation practice – and start receiving its benefits – is to give up all preconceived notions of what meditation is and how it has to be practiced. So let’s be clear:
- Meditating is quieting your mind through focusing your mind.
- There are no ‘shoulds’ or ‘have tos.’
- You can bring meditative focus into any activity, wherever you are – and whatever you’re doing – for any length of time.
I call this Active Meditation. It’s an approach to meditating that takes meditation out of the something-extra-to-do category – and brings it smack into the middle of your crazy, chaotic, tension-producing, noise filled life.
- Active meditation is a way to practice that’s fits your particular needs and time constraints.
- Is a practical way to maintain your focus and energy regardless of stress.
- Provides immediate support and focus when you need it.
- Helps reduce stress and release tension.
Here are a few simple, user-friendly techniques that can easily be integrated into daily life.
- Focus on breath: instantly soothing.
- Focus on an image: whatever you like – a tree; a garden; water; a hammock -place it it your body and be there in your mind.
- Focus on the center of your chest; this is your heart chakra, manifesting ease and well being.
- Focus on your navel; this is your power center, full of energy and vitality.
You can use these singly or in combination; bring breath awareness into any image; chose a focus all your own. It’s your practice – make it your own.
Because active meditation is practiced all during the day, rather than as something separate or extra, it becomes second nature as a matter of course.
People tell me that they find themselves breathing consciously when dealing with a difficult situation at work, visualizing while waiting on line at the supermarket, and connecting to their power center when they feel tired. They say that actively meditating is easy compared to sitting still and trying to concentrate. And they say it makes them feel so much better….
And that’s the point of it all. Not the practice itself – but the affect of the practice on your life….