Meditation and Stillness, Prayer and Health
Boost your capacity by taking a silent moment
It has long been said that spending time in the morning in contemplation, prayer or meditation increases our capacity for the day. But how do we create that moment of stillness and silence in our busy techno, multi-demands on our time, lives? Here are some steps to help you get started.
1) Decide whether you are a morning or an evening person. This will determine when you should make time to begin. The length of time you choose to start with is not as important as the quality of the moment of stillness you create. For some this will be literally a moment, for others maybe five to ten minutes to start with is manageable.
2) Choose a location that most adapts itself to you, that offers you time away from distractions. This could be somewhere in your home, in your car on your way to or from work at a location you usually drive by, outside the school before picking up the children, what will work for you? Lighting a candle or focusing on something beautiful outside can sometimes help us to focus and become still.
3) Begin by breathing in and out at least three times. Try to focus on something meaningful that soothes and calms or makes you happy. Close your eyes and say out loud or to yourself thank you for the thought you have just had. Stay with thank you and see where that takes you without forcing the moment. Continue to focus on your breathing, notice how breathing deeply and slowly naturally relaxes your body. Notice if any part of your body feels tense. Tense it more and then let it go. Repeat this a couple of times. The area should begin to relax.
4) When you feel ready to stop record how you feel afterwards and keep a log. Notice days when you spend longer - notice things that come to mind to be thankful for.
Overtime as you see and feel the benefits of this exercise the time you spend will give itself back to you. You may find that you are able to spend up to 30 or even 60 minutes in contemplation, meditation or prayer whichever word or experience fits best for you. Most importantly this time will enhance your relationships with others and promote a sense of well-being overall.
“Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.” – Mahatma Ghandi