Finding peace is more important now than ever, but I’ve found that it’s easier said than done. We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation, but the idea of stepping away from our daily lives can be intimidating when the possibilities feel so endless. How do we begin? How do we measure the change that it makes on our lives?
I think that I’m the kind of person who can quiet my mind for a bit. But lately, I have struggled with my own meditation. When the results feel unclear, questions arise in my mind: maybe I’m trying too hard to make it a part of my daily routine, or maybe I’m putting too much pressure on myself not to think. Recently, in search of answers to these thoughts, I’ve started rereading a book called “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” by Dr. Joe Dispenza. It’s more of a path to peace than just an informative book, and within it is a link to a guided meditation.
I find that guided meditations work very well. Through it I’m beginning to focus on breathing without being distracted by thoughts of the day or anything major on my mind. While it might seem counterintuitive, I’ve discovered that my meditation routine does not include sitting on the floor crossed-legged and in a typical pose. Instead I sit in my desk chair, facing my window with the warm sun upon my face and my headset on. The guide I follow is a water-rising induction-type mediation and is an intense yet relaxing 20 minute session. Dr. Dispenza said that meditation doesn’t have to come from thoughtless relaxation but can also focus on one deep moment of interest. In my case, it would be when I’m drawing, painting, and creating. The realization that I don’t have to follow any trend on “how” to meditate as long as I do it truly opened my mind and my approach to mediation. I’m fortunate enough to work from home and be surrounded by my creativity, where my window looks out on the bright world and my heart is full of gratitude for a beautiful view. I hope that my experience opens the possibilities within mediation for you. With all the instructional “How to” books and approachable videos out there, meditation can take any form if you live in the NOW. Your moment of focus can be anything, whether it’s gardening, reading, taking a bath, or anytime you feel grounded.
The view from my desk
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This month, take time to celebrate yourself and your connection to the natural world. Peace is right around the corner!