A few years back, I completed a Meditation Teacher training course with the intention to bring Meditation and Stress Management classes to my community. Well, this never happened. Half way though my training I discovered I was pregnant with child number 3 and those teaching plans got shelved. It's now 5 years on since I completed that training, and whilst I have not yet taught a single class, I have taught myself to let go of stress and tension with a regular Meditation Practice.
Early on when I began my studies into Meditation and I only had 2 children, my practice looked very different than it does today. I would wake early, go for a power walk and be back in my home office for a 20 minute Zen Meditation with my incense and crystals and Tibetan Monks playing in the background. All before 5.30am.
Life gets busy. Changes happen. Trauma, Stress and Fatigue have been ever present in my life over the past 5 years. Hence, my Meditation practice has changed too. With a teen, preteen and preschooler, my days are busy. I grab Meditation moments where I can, like in the shower. A quick visualisation in the hot water each day for a few minutes connects me to my breath and grounds me.
As my family grows, our home space feels smaller and I no longer have a dedicated room to myself. In this way, my Meditation has moved outside, to the veggie patch. Tending to the weeds and soil a couple of times a week is my form of Active Meditation. I focus on my breath and the simple act of hands in soil, removing weeds is as freeing for my mind as it is for my beetroots. Sometimes, even washing the dishes and staring out the window to the trees is a form of Mediation for me. Occasionally I will use an App or listen to a Guided Meditation before I go to sleep.
Meditation does not have to look like sitting in lotus position on a special pillow in a dedicated room, with complete silence. You will always have thoughts, there will always be background noise. The point is learning to be still in our body, connect with our breath, even for a few moments. This is Meditation and this is where we build resilience and coping mechanisms to stress.
Some of the benefits of regularly practicing Meditation include:
Whenever you Meditate you will recognise some of those benefits on some level. The size of the benefits will always be in direct proportion to the amount of time and regularity of your meditation practice. Find at least 5 minutes a day to begin with, where you can just sit quietly, close your eyes down and breathe in and out, slowly and deeply.
I practice Meditation to feel a better sense of calm and peacefulness throughout my daily life. I am grateful to have a wonderful office, my Holistic Massage Studio, for it is here, in this space, that I really get in my Zen Zone. When I have my hands on a client, be it a Remedial Massage or Foot Reflexology Session, I am completely present. My breathing tunes in with their breathing, the music and essential oils used enhance the space. This is the ultimate Mindful Practice. It is a Meditation too, one that I get to share with my clients, deepening the connection between body, mind and soul and facilitating stress release.
Stress Less, Live More!