It’s Monday morning.
Your alarm clock is buzzing in your ear, yelling at you to wake up. You pull the covers over your head as if this will help you go back in time and get more hours of sleep. After minutes of trying to time travel you finally get up and check your phone. You look at the various social networking sites and sigh. You say to yourself, “Ugh I hate these people.”
As you head towards your bathroom, you remind yourself what is on your agenda for today. Suddenly a feeling of anxiety sweeps over your body. As you rummage through your clothes you decide what to wear. You begin to over analyze every article of clothing. Finally you’re dressed for work or school, or worse both. Before leaving, you look into the mirror and say “Here we go again,” not ready for another week.
If this sounds like you, you need to go to time out. You need to give yourself a grown up time out. So many times we start the day off on the wrong foot and we end up feeling run down by the end of the week, only to start the cycle again. Every day you deal with being busy, aggravating people and stressful situations. The best way to deal with what life has to throw at you, is to get ready.
Mediation is the grown up version of a time out. By giving yourself a time out you’re giving your body and mind a chance to recharge, energize, de-stress and cope. You only need 20 minutes out of 24 hours a day. 10 minutes of mediation when you wake up and 10 minutes of mediation before you go to bed, will benefit you in many ways.
You may be asking “How do I meditate?” First you start off in a comfortable position. You may lay or sit down. Place your hands where ever you feel is right for you, facing up to receive the good energy from the universe. Take 10 deep breaths while rotating your shoulders up, back and in front of you. After you do this let your thoughts drift.
Think about every single thing you are thankful for. Sometimes we get so caught up on what we don’t have we forget the blessings was already have. Be thankful for the ability to breath, so many people will never have this again. Be thankful for the homework, which means you have an education. Be thankful for arguing because that means you know you have a voice, others aren't as lucky. Think of all the people that need good energy to be sent to them. Think of why you need good energy sent back to you. See yourself in the eyes of the person that loves you the most. They either see no flaws at all or they understand them and love you regardless.
Imagine you’re standing on the edge of a dock. The sky is dark and cloudy; the waves are black and crashing. As you look into the water you see all the negative feelings, thoughts, behaviors and people in your life. Step back and take a deep breath and jump into the water when you’re ready. As you plunge your body deep into this dark abyss you open your eyes and come face to face with this negativity. The waves that were once crashing begin to calm. Slowly the black water turns dark blue, then lighter and lighter and soon a beautiful clear surrounding. You swim to the surface and pull yourself onto the edge of the dock. You notice the clouds are white and puffy. As you turn to look at the water it is no longer menacing but shows a reflection of you. Look around and see your new life. You have faced the darkest side of you and you have won. This is your happy place. You may return to this feeling whenever you need it.
Finally, take 10 more deep breaths and rotate your shoulders again. The feeling you should have right now is peace. This is your inner peace. Now that you are in control of your peace, no one can take it from you.
Try this mediation twice a day for one week and you will see a difference in yourself and the world around you.