Meditation. Being mindful. No thoughts. It can sound confusing and baffling. Lots of books have been written on the subject and just as many meditation CD's.
Let's take a more simplistic definition and approach to meditation. It's really just a way to relax and get in touch with yourself and your inner world.
When you meditate, your close your eyes to this world and you turn your focus inward, on yourself. The 'no thought', please! We're just meditating. We're not dead. We are just becoming aware of our inner world.
That's when you now hold focus on your breath. What does it feel like, sound like? Pay attention to the inhale, the exhale and the space between. What's its natural rhythm? Your breath is what carries your Essence, your Spirit into this world.
How does it feel? Notice what thoughts are coming through your mind? Do any of those thoughts trigger you, cause you to want to react to the thought? All these thoughts are important to be aware of inside your mind. They are the gauge to your beliefs and when you're aware of them you see how they guide your life.
The more you practice meditation, the better you become at focusing on your breath.Thoughts will always flow through. Your job is to allow them freedom without reacting or responding to them. When you don't react or respond to thoughts, they do not exist in your world anymore.
And in time, they diminish and your authentic voice, subtle, but strong comes to you. Now you are releasing the thoughts that are prominent in your outer world. By being aware of them and changing them inside, your outer world reflects that change back to you.
You may start to feel a little detached from your thoughts. You become the observer, without judgement or comparison. They just are and you are now aware of the loving thoughts that come forth. Still, no judgement. Be aware of how the different thoughts can make you feel. Pay attention to how those thoughts are helping you create your days.
It gives you a place to focus so that you're in the experience of your choosing, rather than allowing your thoughts to choose how you are to feel. You choose how you feel. If thoughts come through that you don't want or like, just watch them dissipate as easily as they formed.
There are guided meditations, nature's sounds, music, of course and just about anything else you can imagine. Play with the different ones and see which one fits your needs the most. Or you can change it up each day to a new sound, new way of falling into yourself.
Or you can begin right here, right now. Allow yourself five minutes of witnessing your life - in breaths. Let go of the world for a set time daily to go within and meditate. You will begin to feel lighter, more joyful and you will stop reacting to life and start living life.
It's one of the best practices you can give yourself, your family and the world.
May this day serve you well. There is no other time.
Love and blessings, Dallas