Four Legit Reasons Why I Decided to Meditate
Meditative Peace Feeds a Quieting Mind
My introduction to meditation was through my naturopath. She did a brain bio-feedback workup on me. I found the testing fun and pleasant, since I anticipated learning how to affect my sense of well-being.
During the process she showed me the brain waves, then had me close my eyes. The doctor took me through a breathing awareness exercise and remarked on how well I responded.
Then she returned to the exercise and asked me to visualize something or some pleasant experience. It was a slam-dunk for me. I visualized swimming a slow side-stroke in a small local lake where I spent many a Summer's day.
The naturopath's enthusiasm for the abrupt drop in my stress level matched the increase in my sense of calm. I bought the CD she prescribed, and left the office a happy woman, and a believer in meditation.
If we all lived in such peaceful settings as those shown here, we would emit a peaceful aspect to everyone we encounter. Yet meditation is free for the taking, simple, and healthy, but for many of us the discipline is elusive.
Meditation leads to feelings of tranquility, if we cultivate the habit. Too often reality - like what is just out of the picture - encroaches on our lives and shatters our serenity.
These reasons and steps to meditation demonstrate how easy it is to begin and maintain the practice. The videos, lay it all out for the inquisitive. Maybe even just one of them will appeal to you, to quiet a busy mind. See how meditation can enhance well-being, bringing a peaceful state in just a few minutes time..
When we link a peaceful image into our memory, we can call it up to calm inner turmoil, or erase daily fatigue.
This may be a good time to accept legitimate scientific appraisals of the benefits of meditation. Find the links below, in the Links section. I pray that this lens brings you one step inside the peaceful door.
Focus On 4 Important Meditation Outcomes
Mental Intention to Meditate
I like to begin my meditation by focusing on a beautiful scene. Either I position myself so I can see something pleasant and quiet outside the window, or I watch beginning of a meditation video, or look at a peaceful photograph or at a blooming houseplant.
I take a few slow breaths. As I notice my breathing, thoughts about my business day melt away - sometimes easily and other times only after prayer and slow breathing.
Eventually, the gentle task of letting my breath-consciousness reign submerges me in the quiet world.
Many aspects of life can be enhanced by adopting the practice of meditation.
Realize an Inner State of Calm
Set aside preoccupations with problems by diverting the focus from finding solutions - to focusing on and enhancing the awareness of the breath.
Think As If On Auto Focus
Let solutions come by ceasing to search them out - rather like waking refreshed from a good night's sleep, receiving a knowing of the right answer, the next steps to take, in some critical regard.
Appreciate Body Wellness
Deep breathing feeds our tissues and organs on oxygen. The regularity of the inhalations and exhalations nourishes the body, and enhances our ability to relax.
Enjoy the Refreshing Breeze of Unified Thinking
While our modern lives can fragment our attention, establishing a practice of meditation can pull our thoughts and emotions deep into our base, making us feel at one with ourselves. When our thoughts and feelings are in sync, we feel whole.
Science shows a relocation of activity from the right side to the more restful left side of the brain, with practiced meditation. Read More.
Do You Like What You See?
Sensory input affects our moods and abilities to master our circumstances. Take a moment and look at the View Out My Window, below. Then close your eyes and recall the serenity of the scene. Fell better?
Are you willing to try meditation?
Serenity Through My Window
My Preparation to Meditate
Organizing My Environment
1. Make the Intention
I make the silent statement that I am preparing to meditate. Looking around the area, I select a seat without distractions, neither too warm nor too cold.
2. Silence All Sounds
Most times, it works best to eliminated all audible distractions, such as radio, television, timers, music, fans, air conditioner.
However, when outside noises cannot be silenced (school marching band practice, neighbors partying outdoors, movers loudly hauling goods in or out of a neighbor's home), some sort of white noise is helpful, to break up recognizable speech or sounds. For that I like to use a fan or AC.
3. Wear the Right Shoes or Slippers
Some of my chairs are too high to sit in without shoes with at least 1.5" heels, so I ensure that I am wearing them if I choose one of those chairs. The sofa is low enough to wear slippers or no shoes, but it is still comfortable in low heels. I make my decision as to where to sit with that in mind.
4. Face Away From Bright Lights
Even with my eyes closed, if I am facing a large bright window, I may find it distracting when I sit down, if some activity is taking place within my visual field.
5. Close The Door With Pets Out of the Room
I like to save enjoyment of frolicking pets and children for after meditating.
6. Ensure The Family is Aware That I am Meditating
If there is any chance that family or friends might enter the room during my session, I like to put up a card that states: "Meditating" on it, so they will refrain from interrupting me.
7. Choose the Particular Meditation Aid
I decide on the video or CD to use, or choose a silent meditation, self-directed.
8. Set a Timer
If my time is limited I may set a timer in an adjoining room, far enough away to muffle the sound and not bring my meditation period to a jarring end.
Print Out My Meditation Card
You may want to print my meditation card, if there might be a need to emphasize to anyone entering your meditation space - that you are in a quiet zone.
This can work, to train others, even children, but to do so requires some discipline on your part. Ensure that you put the card away as soon as the session ends, so your family can trust that the little sign really means what it says.
Feel free to download this image from my photograph, and print it on a card, if you have a program that allows you to print your own photographs.
Quick & Easy Meditation - Learn How, Fast
Calmness with Meditative State of Mine
This short video is sedating in it's soothing music and the sight of the seashore as waves break. Deeply relaxing!
My Peaceful Focus
Are you convinced the benefits of meditation are worth the time it takes?
Favorite Meditation Videos
Enjoy a variety of meditation styles. It's easy, using Favorite Meditation Videos
I like the reminders of specific exercises, sounds and images in one disc.
Serenity in a Disc
Stunning visuals for mental transport to an ultimately peaceful setting.
Soothing Water Sights and Sounds
I like the benefits of bringing the imagery of a zen garden into the meditation space.