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Ready to Meditate? Try the Spot You Love Most

 

Sometimes meditation does not seem as friendly or welcoming as it should be. Sometimes it seems like a separate discipline to master.

But Lifescript’s recent article on five minute meditations points out how meditation can be wherever we find it, if it works for us, letting us relax and focus on the moment.

Right now for me, a “moving meditation” that comes from my Tai Chi class has to be the best meditation going. As I move through the flowing poses and let go of my worry perch on the planet, life is good. When I leave I am smiling and that hour of relaxed moving did the trick.

What will work for you?

Figure out where you are happiest. Would you like to be out hiking on the weekend, settled into your garden for a spring planting session, or camped out on the back patio lost in a great mystery read?

If your mind floated right along with you and let go of all those nagging must do thoughts or worries when you were there, then you may have a found a good meditation groove for you.

Walking around your neighborhood, running early in the morning when all you hear is your own breathing, or strolling through a nearby park at sunset can work too.

I have a friend who has made his early morning park walk the best meditation ever. He has settled into a groove and now knows every squirrel, duck and leaf in that park. When he returns, he picks up on the day’s tasks, refreshed and much better prepared to meet whatever comes up. He has a busy family, and there are sure to be demands, but I don’t think I have ever seen him frown for long. That park walk may have something to do with his relaxed, accepting approach to life.

Wherever you go to find some escape time, remember to tune in to you. Feel the sun on your back, the breeze in your hair, the quiet beauty of the spot you have chosen.

Sometimes, later you can even turn this into a second brief meditation.

If you are traveling, or waiting for a meeting to begin, find a quiet spot to sit, close your eyes and slowly breathe in and breathe out, as you picture that spot where you were walking. See the colors, feel the sun, enjoy the moment. A few minutes later, open your eyes and look around. Brief visualized meditations can clear your head and sharpen your perspective.

If you are still looking for the right meditation, don’t give up, the results are well worth finding, and often addicting. Make it fit you.

 

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