By now you have most likely heard of the many benefits of a meditation practice. I will not re-visit them here. What I will do is add one that may be a little elusive. Have you ever walked around the house saying to yourself, “I want something” And then you think about the different goodies you may have in the pantry, or a cup of coffee or tea. You think you want something to eat or drink, but even if you indulge, it doesn’t satisfy you. Or perhaps even after a good nights sleep, you are still tired. You exercise and feel a little better, but still there is this longing for something you can’t identify. Meditation is not just something to relieve stress, we NEED it, just like we need nourishing food. Say that word again, nourishing. Nourish, to provide with substances necessary to life and growth. To foster, promote. If we were merely flesh and blood creatures, we would only need food, water, air and shelter. But we are more than that and we require attention to our spiritual needs. Meditation is our natural ability to connect to spirit. Getting started is easier than you think. You don’t need any special equipment. You need quiet, time, and if you can sit up straight, great, if not, you can lie down. Set a timer for 10-15 minutes and put it in another room, were you can still hear it. Sit down, close your eyes, and breathe. Follow the breath, in and out. If you catch yourself thinking about something else, just come back to the breath. That’s all, that’s how you start. There’s more (there’s always more :o) but we will save that for another time.
There are many styles of meditation. Some involve rituals such as mantras or burning incense. The two styles of meditation that I prefer (and that’s it, I just prefer, I don’t judge what people do during their personal practice) are, Vipassana and Yoga Nidra. Vipassana is a pure, silent inquriy. No incense, no music, no mantras. Just you and the silence. Yoga Nidra is a guided meditation practice that promotes deep relaxation, healing and self awareness. Up here on the mountain, we do both. Vipassana in the morning, Yoga Nidra in the evening. Won’t you join us some time?
See if this meditaion aid helps. It’ a timed chime. It chimes once at the beginning of your practice and three times at the end. total time: twenty minutes.Meditation Bell_ 20 Minutes
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