Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind. Meditation is the focus, and although there are traditional practices of meditation I find it simply a focal point. Anything can be used as a focus - a word being repeated, a constant beat of the drum, gazing with fixed vision on an object, concentrating on the rhythm of the breath etc... I’ve found many people over complicate meditation and think that certain body positions, routines and things should be in effect - however it doesn’t have to be that complicated.
[drawn by Lee-Anne Peters]
I’ve been sharing my own version of meditation for many years and have found that there are a few basic steps which help with the process.
Seems quite simple doesn’t it? You can do this as you’re going to sleep at night, or find five or ten minutes during your day when you can. Waiting in line, or waiting anywhere can be a great time to just take some deep breaths and let your mind wander for a bit.
You can also go on a more specific meditation which you may find as a guided meditation, shamanic journey or other form. These can help you access guidance, new perspectives, inspirations, healing, opening your psychic capabilities and go on a journey for insight.
Some tips to help you quieten your over active thinking mind:
You may notice from the above list that there is an element of ‘distraction’ within them - as they work as a distraction from your worrying or negative thoughts. The more you think about such thoughts, the more ‘fuel’ you feed them. To find something else to notice and invest your time and awareness into can really help. Have a go and see what works for you!
Lee-Anne Peters is an artist, self published author, speaker and founder of the award-winning Temple of Balance. Lee-Anne is passionate about helping others follow their own passions and to experience real balance in their life. She does this by being a practicing and living example of what she teaches, and encouraging others to discover what works for them. Lee-Anne resides in Tasmania, Australia with her husband and two children.
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