Meaningful Monday – Using Meditation to Strengthen that A-Okay Feeling

by polly on August 6, 2012

I’ve decided to introduce a new segment to the blog called “Meaningful Monday” where each week I will share with you an image, picture or quote or just something that I want to discuss in order to prompt you to think about life, your soul purpose or just spin a different perpective on things. I find that it’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day doing that “being” takes second place. So this segment will act as a reminder to take a back seat from doing, connect with your higher self and have an awareness that you are so much more than what you think you are. Well that’s the plan anyway….let’s see how it pans out!

Image by me

I wanted to share this photo with you that I took two years ago at an amazing detox retreat in Spain that I have visited several times and love. For me this photo says, “chill, relax, take time to be still for everything is going to be okay. The Universe has got your back and you will  find the peace of mind you are searching for in the stillness.”

Meditation has been a large part of my daily routine for a while now as I find that it helps to centre me, bring me back to the present moment (which is the only time we really have) and makes me feel infinitely better about whatever is going on in my life. It helps me to focus, maintain my levels of calm, reduce stress and strengthen my faith that everything is working in Divine order.

So today, I want to remind you to take time for yourself to sit in stillness and that the answers you are looking for will most likely be found there. Nothing is more reassuring to the mind, body and spirit that  ”everything is going to be okay” than spending time in meditation, away from the incessant stream of thoughts that occupy your mind every moment of everyday.

There are many ways to meditate – here are a two suggestions to get you started:

Watching your breath

Find a quiet place to sit, preferably cross legged or on a chair with your spine upright and feet flat on the floor with your hands gently resting on your lap. Close your eyes, breathe in through your nose and watch your breath as it travels down to your lungs and back up again through your nostrils. Notice the breath and how your body feels when your attention is fully on the breath.

Flame meditation:

This form of meditation uses the power of fire to dissolve negativity. Put a candle on a table and sit so you can look directly into the flame, not down on it. Silently focus on the flame. Send any negative thoughts to the flame and allow them to dissolve and burn away. Try not to pay any attention to their content; just sacrifice them into the flame. In your mind’s eye see your mind emptying of all negativity and filling with pure loving light, inner peace and tranquillity. After about five minutes slowly close your eyes and take your thoughts back to the rest of your body and the sounds in the room. Move a little, stretch your muscles and gently re-open your eyes and blow out the candle.

During meditation our minds are still alert to our surroundings and we can easily step back into the here and now any time if the need arises.

What is your favourite way to meditate?

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Anna August 9, 2012 at 8:29 am

Dear Polly, thank you for this wonderful post. Leading healthy lifestyle means to be calm and peaceful from inside. I know how important that is and attended a breathing class (including meditation) at Art of Living (www.artofliving.org/uk-en) a couple of years ago. It is really difficult for me not to think about anything. There are so many thoughts going through our heads all the time (especially women). During meditation you can reach a moment when you feel completely light and bright..it feels like you are flying. :) I wish I could reach that every time but my thoughts disturb me often.

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