I meditate to re-experience my own goodness and for me this brings things into perspective. Small niggling doubts about how my life is turning out are softened. Slow burning worries about my future security (and that of our planet's) are given a more optimistic direction, not as a denial or cover-up, but rather as an inspiration to appreciate that many things are OK.
Tapping into my own goodness is something I do for good health.
I learnt to meditate with my eyes open - just softly open, similar to gazing out when sitting on a verandah. I really appreciate this method of mediation as I can use it wherever I am - in the park, in a cafe, at the train station, waiting in a queue.
The type of meditation I do varies throughout the day. There's the morning time after waking, there's during the day of tasks and activities, and there is the evening time. I make a conscious effort not to over-commit to activities so I have time and space to meditate.
In the morning I sit relaxed with a cup of tea. If it's dark I may light a candle to create an atmosphere, or play some soft music. If it's light, I enjoy the sunshine and the morning calls of the birds. Consciously I quieten and calm my mind to give it a rest it. Just letting thoughts come and go, breathing in and out naturally, just quiet and soft. I don't create any thoughts or use affirmations. As I do this regularly, I get to know the feeling of a quietened mind. Sometimes I go deeper into this silence and feel a kind of 'connection' to a source of energy that seems to be on the same wavelength as me.
It can feel like a flow of energy that is connected to me own quietness.
I just stay in this state until time is up.
During the day I make sure I have some time to chill out away from busyness. Perhaps taking a walk, sitting in the park, or reading something inspiring. This refreshes my mind and puts me in a positive space.
In the evening, I sit for 20 minutes after dinner and just notice the kinds of thoughts that are running across my mind. I take the time to examine and process them. Maybe I need to nurture myself to heal a wound from something that happening during the day. It's a time to resolve any discomfort that's accumulated within me. This enables me to have a peaceful sleep and wake refreshed.
I have cultivated the art of self-compassion through following a free on-line mindfulness course that is available from Monash University. This has eradicated the habit of being over-critical and fearful, anxious and castrophysing. Noticing these habits and dealing with them has enhanced the experiences I have when I meditate. It's also enabled me to feel more contented and deal with challenges in a constructive way.
© M. Anning