In this day and age, technology is slowly but surely taking over our lives in a way that leaves us with little, if any time to spend alone with our thoughts. Worst thing is, a lifestyle like this doesn’t only make us rash and impulsive; it also takes its toll on our health in the long run.
Meditation, a solution to all your problems
It’s free, you can do it at home and it actually has visible effects on your health, sleep, stress levels and ability to deal with everyday problems. It may look like a complicated process, but with our help, as well as a little patience and perseverance, you’ll get the hang of it right away.
The human mind is capable of incredible things, most of which we aren’t even aware of. Throughout the day, we drift in and out of focus, depending on the activity we’re carrying on and we end up not noticing essential moments or being unable to forget about unpleasant ones. But don’t worry, because with meditation, you can recover your mental balance at the end of every day. You just have to learn how to focus on something peaceful, something immaterial and sizable at the same time – your breath, which ultimately creates a bond between your inner and outer world. Try to sync your thoughts with your inspiration and expiration cycles and the results will amaze you.
Silence is sacred
When you’re meditating, you want to keep all the negative thoughts at bay. To do this, you’re going to need absolute silence around you. The so-called “meditation music” you’re going to find on YouTube and sites like these is not helpful at all. On the contrary, music, however peaceful, is always a trigger for your brain. It stimulates our thought processes and brings back memories of the past, when what you’re trying to achieve is the exact opposite. That’s why you always have to choose a silent place as your go-to meditation spot.
Your very own meditation spot
We’ve already told you that the ideal place to meditate is a silent one, but you can always go to the next level by personalizing a spot in your house. If you do this, you’ll notice that after a while, your brain is going to associate it with the peace of mind that comes with meditation. In consequence, it will be a lot easier to get into the right frame of mind. How exactly to make the spot yours? Well, you can build a shrine and decorate it with scented candles, pebbles, seashells and even a couple photographs of beautiful landscapes.
Meditation is easier with a mantra collection
Getting all the negative thoughts out of your head is easier said than done – no arguing here. But there’s no need to empty your head out completely when you can replace the negative chatter with positive stuff. And that’s where a mantra collection comes into action. Make a list of the aspects of your life that you’d like to improve and then find poems or quotes that speak to you.
For instance, you can start with telling God how grateful you are for everything you have. E.E. Cummings’ i thank You God for most this amazing is a great piece that you could start your everyday meditation routine with.
i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes
(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)
how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any–lifted from the no
of all nothing–human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?
(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)
Sounds good? Believe it or not, you can find inspiring prayers perfectly tailored to every single one of your needs. If you want to sleep better, you can always recite Walter Rauschenbusch’s Evening Prayer before you go to bed.
O God, we praise You for the night and for sleep. Release our limbs of toil. Smooth our brow of care. Grant us a refreshing draught of forgetfulness. Comfort those who toss on a bed of pain, or whose nerves crave sleep and find it not. Save them from despondent thoughts in the darkness. May they learn to lean on Your all-pervading life and love so, their souls may grow tranquil and their bodies may rest.
Find yourself some more pieces like these, write them down in a notebook and leave it next to the place where you meditate. In a few weeks, you’ll have the perfect mantra for every situation.