Mindfulness Meditation: An Introduction
We live in a society of overwhelm. It’s no wonder there is so much stress–we are so busy that we don’t even have time to think, let alone ‘live’.
Wendy and I were recently in a fine dining restaurant and to my surprise, beside us a good looking young couple sat across from each other and both of them texted until the meal was served. No chatting, no loving looks. They were too busy for that. And, I might add, they both looked stressed. A sign of the times, I guess.
Life is busy and chaotic. Our lives are filled with overload. It’s one of the top complaints I get from coaching clients who are desperately trying to remove this block.
Well. There’s good news. One of the very best techniques for ‘quieting your mind’ is Mindfulness Meditation. It’s extremely easy to do, works extremely well (and quickly) and is incredibly refreshing. My clients love it and I know you will too.
Follow Your Breath
How easy is it? Well, if you are reading this I’m assuming that you are breathing, here’s all you need to do: follow your breath.
Imagine you can see your breath–like when it’s cold outside. Simply stop what you are doing, close your eyes and imagine you can see your breath going in through your nose and down into your lungs.
When you exhale, imagine you can see your breath leaving through your mouth.
You don’t need to slow your breathing or take deep breaths. All you need to do is… breathe. Follow your breath in, and then follow it out.
It’s easy. You simply pay attention to your breathing, and nothing else.
In essence, you are concentrating on you and life itself, aren’t you?
Try it. It works very well. Do this relaxing exercise any time you feel overwhelm. It’s easy to do, and you’ll enjoy how relaxed and refreshed you’ll feel doing it.
Want to hear more? Would you like to learn a few more “tricks” that will make this work even better and be even more beneficial to you? If so, check out part two here.