Meditation for a New Mind for the New Year

December 30, 2012 Around Perth & WACultureEvents, Places & Fun Stuff  No comments

Meditation

Begin the New Year being Mindful through Meditation

Over the past year I have been going to meditation at the Buddhist Society of WA, Dhammaloka very sporadically.  I thoroughly enjoy the feeling that meditation brings and being surrounded in the energy of those in the centre. So I have made a new commitment to myself that in the new year I will be going to Friday night meditation more regularly.

A few of my friends have said that they “cant” meditate or slow their minds down.  And that’s how I was when I initially began.  But it’s for this reason that meditation is good for our mind, body and soul.  Living in a society where we are consumed with busyness in our mind and in our daily life, the necessity to slow ourselves down just to rejuvenate the cells in our body to remain healthy, I believe is most important for our well-being.

Some of the “excuses” or reasons why you “cant” meditate :

  • I cant relax
  • I just get distracted too easily
  • I don’t have time
  • It’s too far to go
  • I don’t have the right clothes
  • I can’t sit still for long periods
  • It hurts my back to sit for that long
  • But I’m not a Buddhist

I have heard it all and we have all thought or expressed one if not all of these excuses at one point in time. But look at these excuses closely.  That’s exactly what these are just excuses!  How much do you value your mental well-being?  How much better would or could you be not only for yourself but for those around? How much better do you want to feel?

Anyone can meditate, you don’t have to be a Buddhist to meditate. It’s a choice and whether you choose to allow yourself time to meditate.  Mediation teaches and allows us to focus on what is important to us and to be present, being grateful for what we have and those people in our lives. It helps us to let go of things and thoughts that are not useful to us.

6 Simple Steps to Being Present and Mindful :

  1. Schedule 30 minutes in your day once a week to be still. Pick a time where you will not be interrupted. (If you can sit and watch TV for 30 minutes or surf the net then you have time)
  2. Go to your favourite place eg. the beach, on top of a hill, at a park. your favourite place in your home.
  3. Turn your phone off, turn your computer off, turn everything off
  4. You can either lay down or sit , as long as you are comfortable
  5. Before you close your eyes, decide that you will allow yourself to be present and that you deserve this time to just be. leaving all the stresses from your daily life behind for the next 30 minutes
  6. Then close your eyes and focus on your breathing and all your senses.

You may take a while to begin to feel relaxed and free but that’s all normal, especially if you have never meditated before. But just allow your mind to take you where it wants to go and all you have to do is to just observe. When you awake from your meditation you will feel lighter, refreshed and somewhat serene.  You may even feel like you want to do more. Whatever you experience just enjoy the sensation. The more you meditate the easier it will become , like most things in life.

Decide to be Present and Mindful in the New Year

Deciding to take some time to meditate to be present will allow you to feel refreshed and re-energised. You will notice the difference in your self both mentally and physically when you have been meditating more consistently and regularly. Your outlook on life will be different and you will have a new found appreciation of your life at a deeper level.

Begin your meditation today to soothe your soul!

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