Meditation for all
7th June, 2011
“Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much” is a phrase written across a gift bag which contained a present from a friend last Christmas. It got me thinking about how we can really engage with all the detail of our daily lives & relationships in order to live “life in all its fullness”.
As a child I remember rather too often being in the situation when something had gone particularly wrong, and saying to my mother “I didn’t think….” Her response usually was a short, sharp “No, that’s your problem – you don’t think”. But how many of us really think things through in detail when making all those little (and sometimes not so little) decisions of daily life? How much are we pro-active instead of reactive in response to events around us? And how can taking time out from everyday life and events help us to be more aware of things around us?
There are a lot of myths around meditation – “you need to be ‘super-spiritual’, you need to have lots of time alone, and you need to be able to endure silence”…………..well
– there’s good news! Of course we experience the greatest benefits from meditation when we make it a regular feature of our daily lives, but we do not necessarily have to wear special clothing, sit in a particular way or enclose
ourselves in a special place – it is possible to meditate within the context of our busy daily lives and in so doing help reduce our stress levels, find some release from emotional turmoil, and gain a clearer vision in times of decision. And the benefits of meditation can be enjoyed
by those of all religions and of none.
Creative Meditation techniques such as taking 5mins out of your lunch break to imagine yourself in your favourite place and re-experience warmth, relaxation and a sense of well-being, can leave you feeling refreshed and with renewed energy and vision for daily life.
It will bring a whole new depth of meaning to the phrase “Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much”………..and of course, it will start you thinking!
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