Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Meditation: 28 Day Meditation Revolution

This is part of Cocoon's Monday Meditation series.

Are you one of those people that can form a habit if you repeat the action every day for a month? 

I recently exhibited in the Yoga Journal Conference: San Diego and was reading their August edition on meditation. There is a great article that helps unravel the mystery of meditation. 

I love the idea of meditation; and although I try, I must admit that it doesn't feel totally natural, I can't seem to find consistent time for it, and I am sporadic in my efforts. In essence, I can't help feeling like I am trying to force it.

What I loved about this article is that it explained that there are so many different ways to tap into that "meditation current" (as meditation teacher, Sally Kempton puts it). I was happy to read that my challenge most likely lies in the method that I keep pursuing. There are so many methods one can use and I just need to explore these other methods and find the one that is right for me and that I look forward to practicing on a regular basis!

I know this sounds obvious and we've all heard it before, but, seriously - where you meditate, what is in your presence when you meditate, what time you meditate - ALL have a huge bearing on your being able to access that inner flow. 

For instance - I have always felt like I should be meditating in my room upon awakening. However, morning time for me is very rarely an optimum time - I've got to get the kids out the door for school; my husband's morning schedule varies so I can't count on a consistent time to be undisturbed; the dogs hear my movement from downstairs and start whining to be walked...etc. The list goes on and on. 

After reading this article though, new ideas of creating a successful meditation environment abound. Why not meditate in the guest bedroom so I don't have to worry when my husband wakes up? Why not wait until after the kids go to school, the dogs have been walked, and my husband has left for work before I try to really empty my mind? Why haven't I created a "meditation space" that stimulates my senses of sight, touch, and smell - placing pictures of people or things that inspire me and make me feel loved; lighting a scented candle that can help me focus; draping a soft blanket around myself...basically, setting the stage to create a place that my body and mind yearn for and find comfort in?

I signed up to receive the 4 free audio meditation techniques led by Sally Kempton. If you feel like you need a little push, try it! You might just find a technique that resonates with you and helps you create a healthy habit. Namaste.

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