You Want Me to Do What?

So, your life is busy and hectic and you're wondering why you cannot shut your mind down when you want to sleep? You are gaining weight? Your health is beginning to suffer? The doctor says s/he's going to put you on medication to get your blood pressure under control? You just cannot understand why this is all happening to you? Give me a break! Just sit down and rest! Well, there's a new concept! When was the last time you actually sat down and took time for yourself or replenished that energy you thought you had... maybe once upon a time? We have hectic lives; some more than others. There is just no getting around that. It's the state of our being. It is an accepted way to live these days. So, how do you take time for yourself when you don't even have any? Simply, by meditating.

When I suggest to my clients that they really need to meditate every day, they look at me as though I just fell off a pumpkin truck. It is actually the "how" of meditating that gets you hooked into meditating more. It's simple. Restful. Peaceful. Enjoyable. You could have been meditating the whole time you were reading this article.

Let's get down to some basics. This is for everyone, but if your schedule is EXTREME, then you need to start with just 5 minutes a day. OK. I know you're busy, but 5 minutes is only 300 seconds out of your day to take time for yourself.

  • First, turn off the phone, completely. No vibrating or buzzing of any kind. Just completely turn it off. Didn't know it had an "Off" button? See? You're already making progress. You've learned something new about your phone.
  • Second, get yourself to a cozy, comfy spot. Put your feet up, if you can. When people really relax, they tend to get cold. So, find yourself a wrap, a blanket, a coat, anything that will keep you warm.
  • Third, find some good calm, relaxing music. Nope, the boom boom boom will not work. You are looking for relaxing music and turn it down very low to where you can just almost hear it.
  • Now, sit in that comfy chair, sofa, chaise, even lay on the floor if that's good for you. I want you to close your eyes, breathing in very slowly. From the diaphragm, breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 2, and breathe out for 5 seconds. Many people have problems with this, because they are just not used to slowing down the breath. Once you have mastered this, it becomes much easier.
  • Once you have the breathing down, I want you to picture your favorite, safe place. It could be on top of a mountain. It could be in the forest with a gentle stream running by. It could be at the beach. It could be watching the waves dance across the rocks. Wherever it is, it is yours and yours alone. You will always be safe there, because it's all yours. It's your imaginary place that you can escape to whenever outside pressures get to be too much. Enjoy the feeling of quiet and solitude.

If you can start with 5 minutes every day and build up your time to 20-30 minutes every day, you will notice changes in your life, to your life, and those around you. You will think clearer. You will be sharper at your game. You will be more productive. You will be able to sleep at night. You will feel better. You will eat better. You are nourishing your body with serenity and calm.

Now, if you are up to 15-20 minutes each day, let me take you to a new step. This was shown to me over a year ago by a good friend and I still use it every day. It could be something that you will be able to incorporate into your continuing daily meditation. Picture yourself in your favorite place and add this in - a structure of your choosing, whatever shape, size, etc., that you desire. If you want it to be a spa, then make it your own spa. Money is no object in your spa, so you can have everything and anything that you desire. You can have a juice bar, a wine bar, a smoothie bar, whatever you desire. You can have attendants to wait on you when you enter and be at your beck and call. You can do whatever you want in your imaginary structure in your mind. You can have a pool that has dolphins in it, if that is what you choose. You can have massages by your own masseuse, or you can let your imagination run wild. Whatever you need to relax, that is what you can imagine. You will be amazed at how time just flies by. Your own personal place to relax and let your body heal.

I hope I've been able to give you a place to start. It's not as hard or difficult as one would think. Start with your 5 minutes and build up to two-30 minute sessions each day. Your health and body will thank you.

Source by Geraldine McNamara

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