You Are Never Alone

For a lot of people it is extremely difficult to just sit with oneself. They tell me they simply 'can't do it.' I relate and understand it to be due to the way our civilization lives - constantly busy with our lives, chasing 'the buck'ย ๐Ÿ’ตย and having to pencil in 'fun' or even time with loved ones.ย ๐Ÿค”ย Nature did not intend for us to live this way. We require more rest, time for contemplation, time for spontaneity and to be in touch with how we are feeling at any given moment - and do things that are inalignment with our current state. Our minds are kept constantly racing.ย ๐Ÿ˜”ย And we do it to ourself. How about beginning with a 'moving meditiation' I ask them. They are pretty open. Most say, 'I think I could do that', after I elaborate and provide recommendations like; ashtanga or vinyasa yoga / yin yoga / tai chi / long walks in nature๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒณย etc. For some of us it's more practical to be moving or body and have sensations happening such as muscle contractions, whilst noticing our thoughts / breath.ย ๐ŸŒฌย It gives us something else to notice alongside the mind.ย ๐Ÿง This is a wonderful way to clear the mind and practice mindfulness. Once one begins getting used to this state, it will seem less stressful to simply sit.ย ๐Ÿ˜Œย Sitting and observing where your mind goes, without judgementย ๐Ÿ™„ย or getting wrapped up in the thoughts, is precisely how one meditates.๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿฝโ€โ™‚ย Some people like to repeat a mantra, but personally I enjoy the silence and being 'the watcher'.ย ๐Ÿ˜Œย I allow thoughts to pass like cloudsย โ˜๐ŸŒซย and any time I get caught up in 'a story' I gently guide myself back to noticing each breathย ๐ŸŒฌย or listening to any soundsย ๐Ÿ”Šย in my environment as a way of staying anchored in the present moment. Another technique when you notice yourself getting wrapped up in a story๐Ÿ“–ย is to repeat silently to yourself; 'thinking, thinking'.๐Ÿง โ˜บRemember thoughts will always be present and it's a good thing if you notice yourself getting enthralled as you are breaking the habit - slowly but gradually and learning to find 'the gaps' in the stream of thinking. That is where the peace lies.ย ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ˜š

A regular meditation or mindfulness practice allows one to go through life with a sense of calm and peace no๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€ย matter what arises. I have personally noticed that I have become less reactive and more mindful in my 'choice' of reaction to any given circumstance. Life has become my meditation. Practicing presence and noticing where my mind wants to take me with compassion toward it.ย ๐Ÿคฏ๐Ÿค—

How has meditation helped live a happier and more centered life? Commentย ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

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