Have you ever considered Meditation as an investment?
Finding a couple of minutes during our busy days can be done.
But we humans are more complicated, yes?
Once you find how beneficial it can be, you may want to move onto something a bit more substantial, but is still not going to take huge chunks of time.
No matter how busy we are, finding 10 or 15 minutes for “time out” is so beneficial, that it can actually be an Investment of time. Just as buying an eco friendly washing machine as a way of saving electric, and maybe paying a bit more to do that, so taking time away from a task to meditate can put you in a much better frame of mind to concentrate and get the clarity you need.
If you are taking the time out of your day to meditate, then the returns on that time is well worth it.
You can do that with the following simple techniques.
- A walk around the block. Getting fresh air and revving up those brain cells!
- Relaxation. Sit or lie in a comfortable position, start with your feet and work up through the body, knees, thighs, buttocks, tummy, waist, chest, shoulders, neck, face and head, tightening and releasing. Then the whole body at once. Relax for ten minutes and gradually bring yourself around. Take a deep breath and carry on with your day.
- Breathing. You can do this wherever you are, even standing in a queue somewhere. But it’s better if you can sit and relax. Take a deep breath in and let it out slowly. Repeat for about four or five breaths, then allow your breathing to go back to normal for a minute or so. Repeat a couple more times, according to how long you have got.
- Guided imagery or visualisation. This is the one that taught me how valuable meditation is and how to do it. It can be used by people who find the thought of just sitting and doing nothing, daunting. It is also useful if you find that your thoughts are just getting in the way and you just cannot seem to switch off. There are many guided meditations on You-tube. Also of course you can google it. Or you can still buy CD’s.
Something that really helps is to have an intention. This means that you may have the intention of solving a dillemma, keeping your eating under control, nervous about an interview, a difficult task at work or simply getting through the day in a positive and happy way. So when you decide to meditate concentrate on that intention.
Can you see then what I mean about meditation being an investment?
Meditation can be vital to the body, brain and the soul.