World Meditation Day 20th May 2022
The days, weeks and months fly by and sometimes just thinking of the morning’s events seems like a blur. This is the perfect motivation to start being conscious of your time. It is far too common to let life pass by without being conscious and present.
This is where investing in bite-sized snacks of meditation produce the golden nuggets! Not everyone can find the time to meditate for long periods of time. And there is no need to do so. I have long been the supporter of taking time out for meditation in shorter time frames.
The fact that most people feel that their days are just flying by is a red flag to how busy our lifestyles are getting. Which is precisely why slowing down our mind and body for periods of time can result in more productivity and better health.
Instead of saying, ‘where did that day/week/month go’ our best attack for being robbed of our precious time is remember moments in time. To remember moments in time, you need to be fully present in them. So how do we do that?
Whatever you are doing, make your focus on that – sounds ridiculously simple, but somehow a lot of us get it wrong. Here’s an example: drinking a lovely hot cup of your favourite drink and all you do is think of something in the past or future. Then before you know it, the drink is finished, and you didn’t spend one moment savouring it.
This is where being present, and conscious comes into it. Make meditation (whichever form of meditation you prefer) a part of your life.
Do you like being outside in nature? Perfect! Plant those toes on the grass and feel the soft dewy blades of grass between them. Feel into the soles of your feet as they step along the grass. This is a meditation! But wait, you do need to put your phone away while you do this. You see, being present means focusing on you and your body at that very moment. Don’t worry, as little as a five minutes walk on the grass where you are just being you is so beneficial.
If you can’t get outside, that’s okay. There is always something you can do wherever you are. Find a corner of your home that you feel comfortable in. Sit or lie down, take note of how your body feels. Do a mental body scan starting with your feet. Wriggling those toes and feeling your feet sounds simple, but that is the start. If you travel up your body, letting all thoughts focus on your body parts, you will find that your body reacts and lets go as you progress. This is such a simple method to do a meditation in such a short time.
Letting yourself immerse in each body part with loving kindness and compassion is such a beautiful thing to do for yourself. There is no pressure to change anything – JUST BE.
What mindful activity will you be present in?
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