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CONTENTMENT THROUGH MEDITATION

DARREN TIMMS

Author, Emotional Healer, Life

Coach, and Nutritionist.

darrenjontimms@hotmail.co.uk

 

What do these two words conjure up within you? Maybe a Buddhist monk sat peacefully, cross legged in the lotus position eyes closed, perfectly still and serene yet totally alive in the present or maybe a child playing with his toys on the living room floor, possibly putting a train set together or a simple puzzle given to him by his loving parents, silently aware yet completely immersed in the moment and focusing only on the job at hand?…

 

Contentment and meditation have their roots firmly entrenched in the present moment and both share the emotional wisdom of acceptance at their core yet these essential components which are vital to experience a life of contentment are sadly missing in a vast majority of us who experience life in a state of autonomy and disconnected from the only true emotional time frame we have control over, this one, the now…

 

It’s a cliché, but every single one of us walking this planet wished to experience ‘’happiness’’ yet seldom few really attain this feeling of emotional wellbeing over an extended time frame which is our inherent birth rite… Why is that, in two words?

 

“THE MIND”

The quality of your life is intrinsically linked to the quality of your thoughts, hence where your focus goes your reality grows…

 

Delight or misery are directly connected to how one thinks, and yes all emotions are subjective based on each individuals conditioning, upbringing and parental/religious/ societal influence but it’s safe to state that in general the majority of thoughts, however subjective they appear to be sit squarely in the negative and destructive camp which can be clearly confirmed by what is going on around us continually in a World slowly going insane. Switch on the news, read a newspaper a magazine and tell me that the basic traits of Human nature are not controlled by fear, chaos and misery…

 

Through meditation we are able to turn our attention inwards, to focus on what it going on inside, and away from the chaos and disorder which exists outside of us. Meditation works with the mind itself allowing us to take direct responsibility for positive change, teaching the mind to meet the challenges of a fast moving, modern world…

 

There are so many ways to meditate and to avoid complication, I will outline a basic method which everybody reading this can benefit from. Meditation is simply creating

space in a busy, chattering mind and bringing the attention back to the present moment and allowing things to be as they are and not as you would wish them to be, without judgment, desires, or any type of wishing, replacing it with the acceptance and awareness that whatever is happening between your ears is happening… This acceptance runs through all meditation techniques, and is the key to your success as a meditator new to this practice…

 

All types of meditation seeks to free the mind from the constant noise and chaos which is playing out between our ears, from our Egocentric personalities whose purpose it is to disconnect us from our true essence and to bring us back and to teach us to dwell in the present moment…

 

Once you have decided that meditation will become part of your daily routine, the more you practice the better you become. Great piano players are not born, they attain their skills through application and dedication and meditating is no different. Great meditators are not born, but arise from dedication and practice; hence you will get out of this miraculous gift as much as you put into it, but give it a whirl, I guarantee you that you will not regret it…

 

Choose a time that suits you, if you are an early riser, then the mornings will be better for you, and if you struggle with mornings, and you are a night owl, set aside the time in the evenings before bedtime to practice, and to start off, I recommend just 10 minutes a day and build up slowly and end the session while body and mind are fresh. This is not a competition or a war of attrition…

 

Regular practice is the most effective way to meditate, but do not worry if you find long gaps occur between sessions, remember, no judgment! And just start again. As you begin to feel the benefits of it you will not want to miss these times alone…

 

Find a peaceful place which resonates with you and to keep it clean from clutter and noise. If inside, light a few candles which helps get you in the mood and to help you relax. Turn off all electronic devices, especially your mobile, and ask others in the house to respect your time before starting so you will not be disturbed… If outside, again find a peaceful place, under a tree in a park, forest, near a lake, it matters not as long as this place resonates with you on a peaceful level…

 

Now, either sit on the floor or on a chair with your back straight and place your palms loosely on your thighs and get comfortable. Let your mouth open slightly to release any tension in your jaw and close your eyes. Do not focus on anything but rest your attention on the breath. As you breathe in state silently, ‘’Breathing in’’ as you release state again

‘’Breathing out’’ but do not force the breath into a rhythm that is alien to you. Just allow the breath to do its things and become part of it, observing and feeling it…

 

It’s normal at this point for the mind to wander and it will try to pull you in a 1000 different directions. Do not be frustrated by this and it’s perfectly normal. Just recognize it, and bring yourself gently back to your breathing… A trick I use is to use a single word like ‘’Thinking’’ if thinking has removed me from my breathing. Or ‘’Listening’’ for example if I have been removed from my attention on the breath by listening to something, and whatever emotion stirs inside you, just name it and bring yourself back to the breath for the duration of your session…

 

After your session has finished, open your eyes and reflect on what happened in those ten minutes and try not to engage right away with your normal routine. Allow time to experience this time of relaxation and serenity… Do not expect miracles the first time, but do not be surprised either if you do slip quickly into the space of mindful, silent awareness where your true essence resides…

 

This simple breathing meditation technique is a wonderful introduction into the world of meditation and I hope from this it becomes part of your daily routine and I will state unequivocally that this can literally change your life… Let the World do its thing for it will anyway, but you have the power to change from within, so be the change you wish to see in the World…

 

Until next time, keep smiling and loving yourselves and happy meditating.

 

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