Very few make meditation their lifestyle, I chose to do so. Some call it contemplation; a fragment of it became trendy as “awareness”; but real meditation is about ‘taming our mind’. It’s about training ourselves to develop healthier habits and give less energy or power to our unwholesome patterns of behaviour.
Most mature people have already established their own form of ‘meditation’. An activity that distracts the crazy monkey mind and gives space to breathe within our harsh busyness of everyday life. For some it might be reading, writing, puzzles; hobbies; music, gardening, exercise, cleaning; personally we know what calms our mind, soothes our soul.
Every time we give our harmful emotions or thoughts, hurtful words or unskilful situations space we can distract that downward spiral by replacing it with brighter thoughts, healthier self-talk. By now we should know our major hurdles – anger, jealousy, envy, self-pity, insecurity, fear, anxiety, etc. .
Once identified investigate them closely, dissect every part of them, dissembling them piece by piece until we know them to be harmful; soil accumulated from our own bad habits or toxic grenades others have lobbied at us. We can stop them from draining our energy and haunting our sleep; they can be transformed by focusing on healthier habits.
It does take persistent effort; we didn’t become angry or anxious overnight. So it does take time to change ingrained habits, but it can be done. It can empower and heal us. Endowing us with more coping skills, stronger resilience and more kindness so that love can pour from our heart as we help others heal with such simple techniques. It helps connect with others who are attracted by our calm contentment.
this is part of a ‘team’ effort after an online magazine requested we submit a ‘cooperative’ project for possible publication. So our WP readers reap the benefit of their rejection! Thanks Team for a huge effort with an unrealistic deadline … and thanks Jenna for editing this.
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