Mind Your Mind: Meditation as a Tool for Obtaining a State of Calm in a State of Commotion

In the same way that we take care of our bodies physically through proper nutrition, exercise, sufficient water intake, and sleep, we also need to take care of ourselves mentally and emotionally. 

Incorporating meditation into your daily life is a simple way to care for and nurture that side ourselves. 

The goal of meditation is essentially not to have a goal but to remain simply in the present state of being, where thoughts and feelings flow freely through you without sticking or evoking your attuned attention. 

It is probably safe to say that everyone is a feeling a bit more anxious, unnerved, and restless these days, especially with quarantines and border closings on the steady rise. 

If you don't already have a meditation practice, there is no time like this present time to start one. 

Anyone can learn, and even teach himself or herself, how to meditate. This is also a lovely practice to do with your family or loved ones as you are spending more time in your homes for the next few weeks or months. 

There are many different types of meditation. 

There is mindful meditation, where the meditator simply lets thoughts float in and out through the mind without judgment or further thought. 

There is concentration meditation, where the meditator picks a focal point, such as concentrating on the breath, chanting a mantra, watching a candle flame, counting mala beads, or even listening to a repetitive sound, and uses that to keep the mind still. 

There is walking meditation, where the meditator moves and keeps that mind from drifting by focusing on the breath and each step taken. 

There is really something for everyone and no wrong way to meditate. Whether you meditate for three minutes or three hours, the benefits can be immediate and long-lasting.

We live in a world of constant stimulation. We put expectations, demands, and judgments onto ourselves. Often, others put these things on us too. With the weight of the world, our daily lives, and personal struggles, sometimes we just need to get out of our heads; sometimes, we need to let everything go. 

Sometimes we just need to breathe. 

Meditation can help promote feelings of deep relaxation, well-being, peace, and acceptance. It can also help lower blood pressure, heart rate, blood cortisol levels, stress levels, and anxiousness. 

Through an ongoing practice of meditation, one can obtain a sense of inner balance and the ability to let go of external circumstances and internal emotions. 

You are giving yourself a gift by allocating time for nothingness.

So, now the next question that must be on your mind is, how do I start meditating? 

These three videos offer a great place to start, but as you will see when you search for guided meditations or meditation sounds and music, thousands of results will come up. 

Since you probably have a little more home-time on your hands, why not try a few or a different one every day? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UyJG2b8FMc (How to meditate in 5 easy steps)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XSNpGyG2jSw (Guided meditation with Deepak Chopra)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7JcGThpR4E (Zen spirit relaxing songs and sounds of nature)

May you find your calm in the commotion 🙏🏼

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