By Harry Sleighel
We all have experienced…
- High stress
- A need to bring our outer world and the inner world under control.
How do we know? We have been there.
There have been times when stress has caused anxiety attacks. Or you may have experienced just a lack of focus and anxiety over issues that you are dealing with. Or maybe, you can’t put a finger on it, but you know that your world is just off.
Here is my advice – Meditation & Music.
That’s right, meditation. There are many opinions on this form of mental exercise from the religious to the mentally strong. But, I have found that you can either use meditation (or continue to suffer life’s stressors) when you exercise, in a quiet place and even during a crazy day.
The 5 keys to having a “mellow” time/place to meditate are as follows:
- As needed, make time during the middle or end of your day or whenever the need arises that you find your stress and anxiety getting high.
- Find a quiet spot at home, in your office, outdoors, or even at a special place in your space/area.
- Go there and get settled, seated or start your yoga/exercise routine. Take 10 deep breaths and start noting your breathing as deep and relaxed. If it helps to pass the time breathing, count to 10 as you breathe in and count 10 as you breathe out.
- Now, the critical part really begins. Create a mental picture of a place that you have been before or have seen that is peaceful, calm, and reinvigorates you. Lock that place in your mind.
- Last, you are to move towards and into “The Zone.” This is a mental state created by listening to mellow, soothing music. Once moving toward that place or if you get into that place, you are safe to begin releasing one anxiety or stressor at a time. It is just like peeling back an onion – starting with your easiest stress, mentally label it, and release it. Note: You are not that neglecting it at this point. You are mentally naming it and putting it away with into a box to bury and marking it – DONE – because you are going to be “done” with it and not let it control you. At this point, register the feeling and sensation of calm and that you are worthy of the challenge. You WILL overcome it. Do this for each worry that comes to mind from the easiest to the hardest. Put it away realizing the best solution, and even the worst scenario WILL NOT DEFINE YOU.
You may only be able to do this for 10 minutes and build to one hour. Studies have shown that this exercise has increased the mental ability to find solutions and overcome the stresses and anxieties of life.
So, instead of remaining in a state of crazed anxiety, grab the reins of your mental state and OVERCOME!
The blog at Personal Excellence states:
“A common feedback I get on meditation is people end up falling asleep during the process. This is usually a sign you are mentally fatigued with mental clutter — All the more you need meditation since it clears out the clutter in your mind. Staying awake is one of the largest difficulties for new meditators in still meditation since there is no active stimulus to keep you engaged.
One way is to ensure you are well-rested before the meditation — such as meditating when you wake up in the morning, after a good rest. My meditations are much more focused if I do them at an alert state rather than when I’m already tired. Once you successfully let the thoughts be cleared, you will emerge from the meditation more energetic instead — since your clutter is removed and your mind is now fresh.
Some may also experience resistance during the meditation, especially when negative thoughts come to the surface. Simply continue to observe these thoughts from the back of your head. Let them float by. Be aware these thoughts are just thoughts and they are not you. Some may feel fidgety with the passiveness of meditation and think of doing other things during the process. Recognize these feelings and thoughts, do not engage with them and continue to maintain your meditative stance. Once you push past the highest point of the resistance, you will start easing into a comfortable state of your meditation. The more the clutter you have in your mind, the more difficulty you will find in focusing. Simply continue with it. Once you get past the point with the most resistance, you will ease into the meditative state very naturally.”
Start Mellow Meditating, Today!
(The link to the music is at: https://radiowilder.com/mm-list-mellow-meditation-harry-radiowilder-com/)
I have found that one should treat meditating like a muscle that needs a daily workout. When you perform this simple act at least once every day, it will give some significant benefits. One of the most significant benefits many have found is a new sense of relaxation and energy. Once you finish your first meditation, you will start looking forward to the second, the third, and the next one — until it becomes a natural habit. You will feel calmer, more peaceful and more focused.
So, go to your “Zone” and enjoy a healthier spiritual, mental, and physical environment – or just a better state of mind!😀