Part of what keeps us trapped is our own minds. Especially in our society, the urge to go-go-go and our tendencies to take on so much is detrimental to our peace of mind and our inner freedom. We are experts at multi-tasking, multiple jobs, multiple roles, and our minds are filled constantly with conversations, to-do lists, worries, excitements, and daydreams. Meditating is a way to quiet everything down.
Meditation is simply sitting still and quieting the mind. This can be anywhere, though I find it very peaceful in nature. Sometimes my bedroom with the door closed is the best I can get. It can be sitting cross legged on the floor or sitting still in a chair. Getting your mind to slow down is a whole other battle. Images and other subjects try to race around causing chaos.
Now, for just a few minutes a day, seriously, I think I meditate for two, sit still and release. Fill your lungs completely, through your diaphragm for four seconds, hold for four seconds, release for four seconds. You don’t have to count, just make sure you are breathing! Focus on a word. See that word in your mind. Each day I focus on a word like LOVE, or PEACE, or JOY, or ACCEPTANCE, FAITH, or HOPE. Just look at that word sitting there. If you start to wander off mentally, just come back and look at that word. You will find a surge of light come through you, an exhale, a breath of freedom, and you will find that word. Whether it be love, or joy, or another of your choice.
I like to do this after I have done my 20 minutes of yoga so that I feel strong mentally and physically for the day.
Each day I have a herbal spirit tea after meditating. Herbs are not just for physical healing, they are for spiritual and mental healing as well. Tomorrow I will fill you in and give you some recipes. In the meantime, enjoy your releasing. I hope you are embracing happiness, your body and the strength it holds, and now peace of mind and clarity. You will be surprised what simple answers come to you after even a few minutes of meditation.