20 April 2011

Q is for Quiet Time

I find myself getting quite stressed out and worried about things, so I've found it useful to have a little quiet time to myself. Usually that means having a cup of tea or coffee outside and just watching the world go by for a few minutes. I have always wanted to give meditation a try, but it is one of those things that I just haven't got round to properly. I have been reading about mindfulness meditation lately, and it is something that I really think could be useful to connect more with what is actually going on right now and to stop focussing so much on the past or the future.  

So here is a quick mindfulness mediation I found on http://www.meditationcenter.com. You can do it for as little time as you have, so there really is no excuse for any of us if it something we really want to do.

Steps of Mindfulness Meditation

1. Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed and your spine reasonably straight.

2. Direct your attention to your breathing.

3. When thoughts, emotions, physical feelings or external sounds occur, simply accept them, giving them the space to come and go without judging or getting involved with them.

4. When you notice that your attention has drifted off and become engaged in thoughts or feelings, simply bring it back to your breathing and continue.
• Remember... it's ok and natural for thoughts to arise, and for your attention to follow them. No matter how many times this happens, just keep bringing your attention back to your breathing.

1 comment:

Jenny said...

I'm visiting via A to Z. I like your blog!

I relish quiet time, but I'm not a very good meditator. Good luck with it. I hope you find it helpful.

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