My favourite stress relieving meditation for busy people.
What is meditation?
Meditation is a technique to achieve mental clarity, focus and to develop concentration. It also helps you to maintain emotional equilibrium.
By engaging in a consistent meditation practise helps you to understand your mind better. It helps you to understand how you think, how you make decisions, and how you react to situations. With this awareness you can nourish your good traits and change those which do not serve you.
Meditating for personal development and fulfilment is becoming very common. The techniques of meditation are very simple. However, reading about them is no substitute for experiential learning – in other words reading about meditating does not teach you to meditate as much as the actual doing or practise of meditation. Can you imagine learning to drive a car by simply reading a book or watching a video on how to drive? We all know the best way to learn, is to sit in the driver’s seat and actually drive!
How can meditation help you
Life can be fun and rewarding, but there are times when stress makes an appearance. It’s during these times that meditation becomes so powerful.
A consistent meditation practise can help you to:
- Release blockages in creativity, inspiration and mental clarity
- Improve relationships with others
- Relieve insomnia, leaving you clear to focus on doing what you need to do throughout the day.
- Helps relieve anxiety
- Maintain a strong belief in yourself, your talents and abilities.
- Manage limiting thoughts so you can concentrate on being the best version of yourself
Two of the most effective tools you can have in the 21st century are meditation and intuition.
By learning to not immediately react to stimuli through the practise of meditation, we strengthen our minds and boost our sense of inner peace. We also broaden our perspective and capability to understand things a stressed out, self-absorbed mind would miss.
For me, when I first started working for myself, I got so lost in my to-do list I stopped doing all my own personal practise, and found I was constantly running around like an exhausted, headless chicken. I felt lost and confused, and began to allow the opinions of others to affect me. I began to doubt myself more and more, eventually crippling me from making decisions.
It was only when my teacher gently pulled me back to the Reiki path that I began to observe the things that were holding me back. As I got back into my practise routine I began to remove and eliminate those blockages and limitations. Ever since then, clarity returned and I began to move forward in the direction I wanted it to.
“Meditation is as important for the mind, as what food is for the body” -Sylvia Lane
How to incorporate meditation into your busy schedule…
Sitting still and quietening your mind for 5 mins a day is better than none, but if you are super busy and feel like even that is asking to much, then you can follow my favourite ‘too busy’ meditation.
The Dishwashing meditation
This is one of my favourites. I love when I only have a few breakfast dishes to wash, you can fill the basin with lovely warm water and meditate away.
As you are washing the dishes, make sure you are focussed entirely on washing the dishes. Take this time to not think of anything else, or what you have to do – think only of washing the dishes. Every time you remove a dirty mark, think about how you are removing a doubt, or a toxin from yourself, every time you rinse soapy water off a dish, think about washing away an unwanted thought or distraction from your life.
If any thoughts come up when you wash away “unwanted thoughts” do not become attached to the thought, simply let it go. Now move onto the next dish, focus on washing that dish and washing away anything unwanted from you.
This is a super quick meditation that helps to focus your mind and keeps you clear at the same time – perfect!
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