Updated: May 28, 2018
Some of the best meditators, ones who do it for hours everyday, cross legged and candles burning, lose it the minute life deals them a crisis. That's why, using Life Meditations through your day will truly bring more peace.
What is a life meditation? A life meditation is when you bring focus, attention, awareness or presence to your physical, emotional or mental response like a feeling, a thought, or a sensation in everyday life. During stressful times, these responses can be your ticket to peace by showing you what beleifs are making you stressed. We have all heard the saying, "you can't change what you don't acknowledge," right?
Presence is absolutely required to stop the incessant stressful thoughts that continuously loop during stressful times. This "presence or attention" interrupts or disturbs the the thought stream allowing you to breathe and change your perception.
Lets say for example that your car breaks down. Generally, the mnd will immediately start thinking thoughts about how this will effect your future. "I am going to be late. My wife will be mad. I don't have the money for this. I won't make my mortgage payment," and so on and so forth. Through this process the body tenses, muscles contract and we can feel angry, sad or panicked.
Bringing awareness or acknowledging any one of these responses can interrupt the thought stream and open you up to a different perspective by moving you from having a perception of destitution to a perception of solutions and possibility. You get to make a conscious choice on how you'll respond.
Where to begin?
1. Try meditating, cross legged with candles burning or while your lying on a beach chair catching rays. It doesn't matter where you practice it just matters that you learn to check in to how your body and mind respond. Feel the sunshine on your skin, the soft breeze as it passes by, the sound of water splashing, the sensation of how your body feels against the chair, how it supports you etc. Observe what you are thinking and try observing the thought without sticking to it. Let it pass into the mind and out of the mind, like a bird flying by.
2. Seize the moment. In a stressful moment or experience, try bringing that awareness to your mind and body, just like you did while lying at the beach. Notice the responses, and see them flying by, just like the passing bird. This is practicing a life meditation. Bringing presence to real life by creating a pause, allowing you to choose your response rather than living unaware, in negative thought loops.
It takes practice and sometimes requires continuous effort during a short period of time but it is definitely worth it. Moving through a stressful experience calmly, is always possible, we just need the tools to do so.
Lori Brant is the author of “The Happiness Toolbox: Finding happiness regardless of circumstances,” a motivational speaker, Life Coach and Life Coach trainer who inspires people to tap into their natural state of happiness rather than rely on outside circumstances. For more information about Lori, go to www.LoriBrant.com.