Today’s society creates a ‘busy’ world that can sometimes be overwhelming, as we tend to be always ‘on the go’. How often do you take time to just ‘be’ without the pressure of the outside world affecting how you think or how you feel?
Meditation can be a way to create a feeling of balance amongst this mist… so how do you start? Yes, meditation does take a certain amount of focus and intention, but it is not as complex as it sounds. To give you an idea, just watch the way a young child interacts with the world around them.
Children find interest in the simplest things. They will sit and look at a flower or rock and explore the texture, smell and colours of whatever catches their interest at the time. That is one technique of meditating and creating a state of mindfulness, through noticing things in the present and being aware of opening our senses.
Young children have a gift of being able to express how they are feeling, whether happy or sad, excited or angry. They express their emotion and then can just as quickly forget about what was happening and move onto something else. This means they are not holding onto this emotional state. What can we learn from this? Well, through meditation we can learn to acknowledge what we are feeling and get in touch with our emotions, to help bring back a balanced state.
So… where to start? Think about whether you want to mediate for the benefits of improving health and feeling good, or are you looking for something ‘deeper’ ; self-awareness or spirituality. Speak to people about what works for them and try different ways to meditate; starting with something basic, until you find what suits you. Check out the Better Health Channel for more information on meditating.