Meditation, Ahhhh…………

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Meditation is the key to self reflection and awareness.  And in many cases, keeping our sanity in this crazy world we live in where things at times can feel flipped upside down.

When I am frazzled and feel that I am empty, (say maybe after a tough day at work) I will often meditate.  What works best for me is to go out into nature.  Living on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the beach is a perfect spot.  We also have some beautiful parks here but please go where ever you feel comfortable and are able to connect with nature that makes you happy.  This means turning off all cell phones and other devices which grab our attention and can create a short attention span.

Back to the beach!  Nothing takes away my worries or heaviness better than looking at the vast expansiveness of the ocean, it really puts things into perspective.  When you consider how small we are in the grand scheme of things and yet how instrumental we are as a piece of the entire picture it is a feeling of significance and peace at the same time.  To ground myself, I stand in the ocean and let the waves wash over my feet.  I recently heard that in the breaking wave (when the water hits the sand) oxygen is released.  It’s no wonder we feel so good after time spent out there, between the salt, the water, fresh air and the sand, total relaxation!

Recently I had been starting my mornings off listening to Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey’s “21 Day Meditation Challenge”, it was wonderful.  They offer these every so often for free on different themes and I’ve done the last couple of sessions with them.  This last one was on “Shedding the Weight”  that we carry.  This can manifest as weight gain on our bodies but also burdens that we carry and heaviness that can weigh us down emotionally as well.  If you are interested I would highly recommend signing up for their next offering.  They have a Facebook page (of course) and you could also google them to sign up for Deepak’s newsletter.  Who better to meditate with than the meditation guru?

The idea of meditation is to quiet the mind.  There are many ways to meditate, some are guided, some have mantras and others are self monitored.  When I was first learning, my teacher told me to go somewhere quiet where I knew I would not be disturbed, close my eyes and focus on one word.  Each time anything else popped into my head, instead of following that thought,  go back to my one chosen word.  Start for 5 minutes and gradually add to your time until you have relaxed your mind.  Sounds easy enough, doesn’t it?   But, it can be challenging although I did eventually master it.  I actually would wake myself up while sleeping, you just can’t get more relaxed than that!  lol

So if you are looking to quiet your mind and get some peace I would highly recommend trying meditation!  Why not?  You’re worth it!

** I will be offering a new class including a guided meditation along with a “Reiki Tune Up Attunement”!  It’s something new that I feel led to offer to folks who may need an energetic boost.  If you are interested please let me know, details will be coming soon.**

Here’s to your health and well being!

Helen Marie