Sarah Ban Breathnach in her book Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy suggest that today you retreat to a quiet place where you can sit or even lie down in a comfortable position so that you can relax your body. Now close your eyes and let your breathing become slow and steady. Get in touch with the silence within.
Remember there are many different ways to meditate after all it is just intentional concentration on one thing, which can be either secular or spiritual. Perhaps you have become so absorbed in gardening, reading or even balancing your chequebook that your breathing has slowed and you become as single pointed as a panther stalking her dinner. She suggests the following different ways of meditating depending on your inner needs:
- The Golden Mirror Meditation
- Writing your Daily Dialogue Pages
- Gazing into the flame of a candle
- Concentrating on a sacred word in a centring prayer
- Focusing on a poetic phrase to find a deeper personal meaning
- Setting out on a Walking Mediation
- Baking Meditation
- Eating a small, moist piece of chocolate cake with exquisite attention & tremendous gratitude.
Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that it is the time to think about the art of not looking your age by learning ways to meditate.
- Media: First they recommend you try going without newspapers and TV for a week. They say that they fill our brains with a relentless diet of drama and chaos. Don’t fret, if world war three breaks out you can be sure someone will tell you. Use the free time to listen to music and read books. Observe how calm and free thinking you become after just a few days.
- Rhythmic walking: Then instead of pounding away in front of a workout video try going for a long walk. Rhythmic walking is a great form of meditation.
- A long bath: A long bath with no radio or television allows the brain to unwind as well as the body. Giving freedom to the mind allows it to be creative. Often leading to one of those eureka moments.
- Light a candle: Focus on a candle flame & notice all the colours & the way it moves. This will help you empty your mind. Thoughts will intrude, just let them float away. Start with a few minutes & slowly build it up. You don’t have to do this every night but you will find the more you do it the easier it gets
- Prayer: They also recommend trying the following prayer;
Please help me to love and forgive myself.
Help me to forgive everyone who has hurt me and let them go in peace.
Ask for forgiveness from everyone that I have hurt consciously or unconsciously.
Help me to accept myself as I am.
I am part of your world.
I feel your light within me.
I am free.
Consider how you might be able to carve out twenty minutes a day to meditate.