“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” -Unknown.
Living and working in a city is fun and entertaining with all sorts of amenities right at your fingertips. But it can also become too hectic, overwhelming and stressful. You may find yourself juggling work commitments, social life and personal relationships.
It’s not easy to just drop everything and go to the countryside for some rest and relaxation. So some people snatch a little time here and there for themselves by getting a massage, drinking wine to unwind at the end of the day or simply closing their bedroom doors to escape the chaos of the outside world even for just a little while. However, these are all temporary fixes and a hectic day still awaits you the following day.
If you are always on the run trying to keep up with the hustle and bustle of the city, find time to take a break by practicing meditation.
It doesn’t require a certain degree of mastery to practice meditation. All it takes is for you to sit. So, the next time you find yourself running around doing all sorts of things, just stop and sit down. From this point, the peace and stillness you seek is right there ready for you to take it.
Find your Centre
From that first step, find your centre and focus on it. There is a technique that you can use in which you imagine there is a ball or another object at the core of your body. Concentrate on that area and start cleansing your thoughts by breathing. If you don’t achieve this on the first try, be patient. It takes time to learn this, but it doesn’t mean your attempts are for naught.
Let Go of All Thoughts
If you find your mind drifting to your work as well as certain after-hour activities, or what you want to cook for dinner, let go of all those thoughts. It’s natural for our minds to wander, but in time you’ll learn how to quiet your mind and think about what is – not what was and not what will be.
You don’t need any special tools to practice meditation. All you need is a quiet place where you can be undisturbed. You don’t need to follow specific rules. You can make your own rules, such as how long you should meditate and what position you’d like while doing your session. You can practice your meditation once every day or you can break it down into several minutes throughout the day. If you’re just a beginner, a five-minute session daily is enough. You can gradually extend your session as you become more confident.
Short or long, meditation is doing its work if it’s taking you away from the chaos surrounding you and taking you to a place where your mind can rest at ease.