By Narelle Monteleone ~ www.earthlyenergies.com.au
Meditation is the best way I know to reduce stress, improve focus and concentration, improve your overall health and well being and become more relaxed each and every day.
To begin, sit in a comfortable position ensuring your spine is straight or lie down flat on your back - whatever feels comfortable for you is the right position. The only downside to lying down is that you may drift off to sleep so sitting up helps to keep awareness. You may wish to sit cross-legged or place your legs straight out in front of you if sitting on the floor. If sitting on a chair ensure your feet are firmly on the floor in front of you. You do not need to sit in a lotus position and you can meditate anywhere.
Wear comfortable clothing that is not too tight.
Close your eyes and begin by taking in 3 long slow deep breaths through your nose and exhaling out through your mouth. Make sure you are breathing deeply and slowly and that the breath comes from way down in your belly. Don’t rush this step.
As you breathe in imagine pure white light and as you exhale imagine you are letting out anything that no longer serves you. You may want to say to yourself “I inhale positivity” on the in breath and “I exhale negativity” on the out breath. Just focus on your breathing at this stage.
Imagine this white light now entering through the top of your head and filling your entire body, swirling around you and through you all the way from your head down to your feet and continuing way down into the earth.
Feel roots extending from the bottom of your feet deep down into the earth and anchor them there. Now bring the light back up through your feet, bringing the energy of the earth with it, filling your body and surrounding you until you are fully encased in a beautiful bubble of protective light.
Bring your breathing back to a natural pace. You should be feeling very relaxed and calm by now. It is your choice as to whether you follow a Guided Meditation at this point or you may want to just sit in silence. If you feel your thoughts are taking over, don’t worry as this is normal.
Allow your thoughts to come and go.
You can meditate anywhere – Indoors or outdoors.
Find a quiet space where you will not be interrupted. Whatever you have to work with is fine. If it’s only 5 mins a day, then start with that.
I generally aim for 20-30 mins each day.
Meditation is a time just for you. It is a time to let go of all the stresses of your day - a time to relax and breathe and just " be" in the moment.
You will notice a big change in how you begin to feel if you Meditate on a regular basis.