Do you remember the last time you sat and watched the weather?
Marvelled at all the different clouds, the distant thunder rumbling and the occasional bolt of lightning? Closed your eyes and just focused, letting your senses take in everything around you. Taking a few deep breaths and allowing yourself to relax, to take in everything. Absorbing all around you, minus the barking dogs, racing motorcycles and your mother telling you to get out of the middle of the driveway, for fear you may be struck by lightning. It still amazes me how I can be 36 years of age and my mother is worried about me being struck by lightning! I know she cares, but I had hoped she would realize that I have a bit more common sense than that (remember I said distant thunder?).
I spent a good 20 minutes this evening, more or less meditating in the driveway. Just standing there taking everything in, with my eyes closed, focusing on nature instead of all the other noisy distractions. I zoned out the air conditioners, the barking dogs and machinery. I felt strangely connected to everything around me, and much more relaxed. More relaxed than I had been earlier in the day; when I woke up with a horribly sharp pain in my left shoulder and neck (result of a minor car accident last year – not my fault). I must admit the whole meditation thing can be quite difficult. I have bought the CD’s, read about techniques on the internet and found it extremely difficult to clear my mind. Sitting on the floor in my room cross legged did not work for me. I ended up focusing on how uncomfortable I was instead of clearing my mind. I did read however, that it is very challenging for beginners to meditate. Clearing your mind and focusing is a challenge and takes time to perfect. It is one of those things that you do not give up on, you must keep trying. I found that listening to crickets with a distant train from my Sleep Machine app works perfectly for me. It helps not only with meditation, but with falling asleep as well. It is too bad that it doesn’t turn the sound off on my IPhone after it auto shuts off. I fall asleep then get woken up by the chiming of emails coming through to my phone! LOL!
In the end, no matter how you meditate, it is important to take time to do it each day. Just still your mind and be in solitude. It can help you to unwind and figure out the day.
Einstein: “On the other hand, although I have a regular work schedule, I take time to go for long walks on the beach so that I can listen to what is going on inside my head. If my work isn’t going well, I lie down in the middle of a workday and gaze at the ceiling while I listen and visualize what goes on in my imagination.”
Remember, it’s the art of being still. An art that virtually anyone can master, even a smartphone internet junkie!
The No. 1 Habit of Highly Creative People http://zenhabits.net/creative-habit/
Be Still. http://zenhabits.net/be-still/
My favorite meditation timer! http://theconsciouslife.com/zuowang-meditation-timer.htm
How to Meditate for Beginners http://theconsciouslife.com/how-to-meditate-a-guide-for-beginners.htm