This post is NOT everything you need to know about meditation, but it’s a start.
In studies it has been shown that after 6 weeks doing some form of meditation for 10 minutes a day people reduce their levels of stress, they improve their sleep and they cope with their daily schedule better.
So what’s meditation?
Here’s a clue:
I walk up my garden, I notice it’s not a big garden but it’s nice and has things that I like in it. I hear my flip flops clacking against the soles of my feet as I walk. The flipflops are so light that I don’t really feel them when compared to the weight of my body. I sit down on the step by the shed, the sun is shining and the seat where I normally sit is in shade and I don’t want that this morning.
I close my eyes and notice that the sun’s glare still comes through my eyelids but the sun feels nice warming my face, body and legs. I hear the grumble of a lorry on the Gosport road and the low rumble of other traffic. I hear the cooing of a wood pidgeon, it could be a collared dove but it sounds deep enough to be a wood pidgeon. I hear the screeching of a sparrow in the guttering of the house next door and the calling of some gulls as they pass on by.
I feel the gentle breeze and it’s not cold, it just brushes against the hairs on my arms. The breeze is moving the fan palm which scratches its fans together although it’s a sound that I like. The bamboo that remains is also rustling next to where I am sitting.
It feels nice. Nice is an odd word but nice it is and it’s nice right now regardless of what happens in the rest of the day. I feel the tickle of a fly and move to brush it off but it’s too fast and is gone before my hand gets near it. It feels nice in the sun. I feel calm. I feel calm and ready to get on with my day.
This is an extract from one of my morning meditations. I don’t do them all the time although I know that I should. It’s a celebration of being in the here and now. People refer to it as mindfulness. It’s a time to be mindful of what is happening around you right now, not in half an hour and not yesterday but right now. It’s calming because it fills your mind with now for a while.
I know that if you spend 10 minutes a day doing that, or more because it’s really addictive then you do get calmer, I’ve done that. It doesn’t have to be a garden it can be your house, your car, your office. Close your eyes and explore what light you still perceive, what you can hear, what you can feel. Explore your breathing and your heartbeat and your feelings.
Don’t analyse just notice how things are right now.
There are other meditations but this one is simple and you can do it anywhere and it brings calm. It gives you space, and it gives you a while to be just you. It’s about meditation, it’s about your meditation.