Meditation is not one-size-fits-all. If a quiet-your-mind approach doesn’t work, try a mantra-based session, where you repeat a word (e.g., “calm”) or group of words (e.g., “I am calm”) of your choice for several minutes. If a mantra doesn’t resonate, try just listening to nature sounds and focusing on your breath. Do a little research on the different types of meditation.
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If meditating is so good for us, why are many of us not doing it? Time, access, perception and education. We don’t believe that we have 15 minutes in our day to sit down, close our eyes and breathe. Most of us don’t have a Meditation Room in our office buildings. Many are worried what others will think if we meditate. Education is two-fold. I believe that the majority of us either don’t know anything about meditation or don’t believe in its benefits. I’ll briefly address each of these.
I am so in the now. It took four airports and 16 hours of travel, but I am present now. I have been to Norway 25 times, and this is the first time I realized why I love it here so much. In Norway, I live in the present. I savor the juice in every strawberry. I notice the cool, dry air on my face. I feel the softest, greenest grass slide between my toes. I listen to the pigeons and the magpies. I watch as the sun dips behind the mountains (unless it’s cloudy).
What if every day, every moment was like this…if we were immersed in each activity…if we moved from task to task, focusing completely on one while leaving the other behind and letting that one go as we focus totally on the next. As Eckhart Tolle says it best, it’s the Power of Now.