this post is late, but I've finally approved a draft and I'm ready to share it with you guys. Remember as you read it that I offer meditation coaching at no charge to my massage clients with open accounts.
My Meditation Approach
I consider myself about 3 years into my meditation practice. And I have established a framework that I believe can help anyone ascend to a more desirable perspective of their life journey-- which is, after all, the long term goal for meditation in my life. It includes daily meditation, stretching, gratitude journaling, BEing and bathing. With this practice I have already manifested so many things in my life.
There are several different approaches to meditation. And even several different definitions. The bible instructs us to "meditate on the word" which many understand to mean study the word of God. Some meditate on mantras or affirmations. There is also a common belief that to meditate is to clear your mind of all thoughts for some exorbitant amount of time. We have all seen beautiful images of the perceived ideal body position for meditation. But once I began to study the work behind meditation I found that those perceptions were the very reasons I initially concluded I was no good at meditation. I am so happy to know that is false. If you can BE, you can meditate.
The transition from active mind state to meditative mind state is gradual. I also find it methodical. And the transition back to active mind state should be conducted just as slowly. The crazy sensory overload feeling I was getting was happening because I broke away from a meditative state and went about my day too quickly. I skipped a few steps I was unaware of.
So how did I fix it?
I begin by finding a position that is comfortable for me. I've found that if I'm tired, and I don't sit up straight I will fall asleep. So I'm always sure to check in with my energy level before I get comfortable.
I take a deep breath imagining my lungs are a giant tank and pull the air all the way down to my pelvis. Then relax and allow the air to escape my lungs freely. I do this several times inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth.
Next I check in with my body, part by part to see what sensations I can detect. If I feel pain, I acknowledge it. If I feel tension I relax it, if I feel good I am grateful. I note it all as progress.
Then I focus on what I see before my eyes with them closed. Is there color? Are there shapes, is there just darkness? How does it feel?
Next I direct my focus to my breathing.
I really appreciate each breath. There's a bit of magic in zooming all the way in on your breath and allowing it to take center stage in your mind. It fascinates me.
After a few seconds of this something will happen to distract my focus from my breath. This is when I become aware of a second train of thought. There's the me that is distracted, and another who watches the thoughts roll in and out like waves. This me is able to zoom out and not be IN thought, but aware of it. The breath is the music, the thoughts are the singer and I am the listener who appreciates the song.
When my chimes sound to let me know my time of stillness is over, I then begin stretching. I feel the blood flow and energy begin to zip through my body and it's a great feeling. Some of my stretching is yoga-like, some not. But I make a point of moving and stretching and sending love to every part from toes to fingertips to the neck and jaw. I'm grateful for how amazing it feels to stretch after sitting in stillness for 20 minutes.