Life As A Meditation
If there’s anything I want you to get out of this blog post, it’s to understand that your life, in every moment, is in itself a meditation. Forget any myths you’ve heard revolving around meditation and especially let go of the idea that meditation is defined by sitting with your eyes closed in order to feel relaxed. Meditation can allow a human being to connect with their inner selves at a conscious level that they wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Certainly, meditation can be more difficult for individuals that consider themselves busy and strive off of stress. However, they are also the ones that need it the most. So, if you’re one of those people, keep reading!
Through meditation, whatever your intention, focus or theme is (there are many), you are simply seeking out time to exist. To exist, be with your breath and find stillness. Inhales and exhales are often times the guide through your meditation. The great thing is, we always have our breath, so at any given moment (such as NOW) you can tune into your breathing. Notice it, feel it moving through you, hear it and visualize it. The breath holds so much power in keeping us alive, yet we tend to take it for granted. The breath is also our guide in keeping us present, aware and mindful.
Because our breathing is really our guide in meditation, this means meditation can be done at any time and place. Therefore, life is a meditation. Your existence and aliveness can be a meditation. You can tune into your breath as many times during the day as you want and voila! You’re meditating. You’re actively building awareness and trying to bring yourself into the present moment, despite your surroundings. Additionally, there are many types of meditations, so you can choose to keep your eyes open or closed depending on what you’re trying to move toward. For example, mindfulness meditation can be done with the eyes open or closed. With the eyes closed you can mindfully let go of judgment and accept any thoughts that you are aware of. With the eyes open, you can observe your surroundings by seeing, feeling, hearing, smelling and tasting in order to build presence.
Here is a list of several types of meditations that you can practice, depending on need, among many others:
- Guided Imagery/Visualization
- Loving Kindness
- Qi Gong
By finding moments of presence and tuning in to the breath, you will begin to connect with your inner self. You will be able to notice yourself in a different light and perhaps build self-compassion along the way. Through meditation, we allow ourselves to pause what we’re doing, take a moment to exist and really take in our surroundings, as well as our selves. So, next time you’re sitting at a desk, driving around or running errands, take a moment to pause, breathe and be. Continue practicing this and explore yourself with an open heart and compassionate mind.