Meditation is beneficial for both mind and body. It can also eventually bring you into a transcendent state of spiritual awareness. At its most basic level, though, meditation involves stilling your thoughts – the continual inner-chatter of your conscious mind. As a result, meditation gives your mind a break from thinking about the worries and concerns of the day.
Calming your thoughts, even for five minutes a day, will make you feel more relaxed and a good deal less stressed in life.
Meditation also allows your intuitive or “feeling” side to develop. Very often your intuition is drowned out by the persistent mental chatter that makes up most of our daily life.
Here’s what you do:
Stand or sit comfortably. Then focus your attention on the input of your senses. Do it in any order, or use the following to start off with:
- SIGHT / PERIPHERAL VISION – What you can see out of the corners of your eyes.
- SOUND / WHAT YOU CAN HEAR – birds singing, the wind in the trees, the distant hum of traffic.
- TOUCH / WHAT YOU CAN FEEL – The breeze on your cheek (if you are outside), the warmth of the sun (or radiator/fire) on your arms and face.
- SCENT / WHAT YOU CAN SMELL – Notice the aroma of the flowers in your garden, or in a vase or window box. Or simply become aware of the varied scents drifting on the air.
- TASTE – This is closely related to your sense of smell. Become aware of the sensations in your mouth. There may be an after-taste of a meal or drink. If not, just become aware of how your tongue and mouth feel.
You may need to channel through the sensory channels a few times to get the desired effect. If you close your eyes, then simply note what you see in your inner vision – usually it is “dancing lights” known as the entoptic phenomenon.
This technique is a very effective way of stilling the persistent chatter of the mind. It induces a profound state of relaxation.
Eventually you will find you can enter the meditative state within a few seconds. You will then be able to do it anywhere. I often do it on the London Underground – tube trains are busy and noisy, but this washes over me. It will be the same for you. You can even meditate walking down the street – and meditating in the countryside or in a city park brings you a new, vivid and vibrant awareness of nature.