‘Meditation.’ Let’s take a look at that word before we start. We can skirt around it, make it complicated or embrace it.
It has certain connotations that might involve sitting cross legged in the middle of a lotus leaf and making strange ‘Om’ sounds, but the truth is simpler. It is really allowing oneself the luxury and power of a still mind.
Once you’ve cracked how to sit quietly and breathe more deeply than most of us do, running around like a headless chicken more often than not, then you’ll find yourself meditating more naturally.
Think of supermarket queues, traffic jams, just waiting somewhere with nothing particularly in mind, sunbathing, that sort of thing, or just going about your daily business – driving around, calmly doing your relentless housework – all these things can produce what is a meditative state.
This is when you begin to ALLOW – allow your thoughts to move more freely and your intuitions to pop in. You know I call them ‘inner-tuitions,’ because that’s what they are!
Taking long journeys, particularly on a train, can be enormously restful for the brain. Sometimes more distance can produce more distance for us too – from our daily rubbish, worries and concerns. The most amazing ideas can ‘pop in’ to a quiet mind and let’s not forget how important it is for children to benefit from the art of doing nothing too.
Simply by being still, mentally, then the awesomeness that is you can process everything on every level. For some this can be helped by being still physically, but it is absolutely not essential because people who regularly go running or swimming admit that the benefits include loving the ability to take time out and ‘clear their heads’ while they’re doing their thing.
I believe the body is the mind and if you listen to it, it will guide you. I can’t explain it, but years of experience have convinced me. We know when something feels right and when it doesn’t. Our awareness is the key. This awareness of the body’s information comes from not ‘trying’ to meditate, but by ALLOWING ourselves to just switch off the mental clatter.
Babies do it automatically – they stare into space quite regularly while they’re meditating, as do day-dreamers. They’re not ‘trying’ to still their minds, it’s happening naturally. A fairground ride can do it, as can some films (particularly horror ones, [Ugh]), but a really good laugh can work wonders at settling ‘Scatterbrains’ too.
And from within will be the messages of our soul – that which is always pulling at us in a certain direction, despite other people’s opinions, sometimes. It makes you want what you want. This is not a luxury, it’s vital to who you are and to who you want to be!
So. Awareness is the key. A still mind / meditation / relaxation / breathing – and paying attention, pausing and waiting, ALLOWING ourselves to be and listening, can not only be very healing, but liberating and profoundly empowering.
[Don't forget how to vocalise what feels right, or doesn't vs. what you think is right or isn't - help and details HERE!].