Monday, December 7, 2015

         Popular culture has labelled contemplation and reflection as ‘meditation.’ Health and stress management literature and ancient religious texts are filled with esoteric writings on the countless forms and techniques of meditation. Each technique prescribes formal, specific procedures purported to achieve benefits in health and well-being, or spiritual communion.

         Why not develop your own simple, beneficial technique? It is helpful, but not necessary, to enter a meditative state each day. It may result in heightened well-being and reduced anxiety. You do not need to adhere to a rigid schedule, preparation, or process. You do not need to assume the lotus position, repeat a chant or mantra, or force yourself to visualize prescribed, calming scenes.
         This initial guide is suggested, but should be adjusted in any manner that feels more comfortable. Find a location free of distraction. Turn off devices and remove earpieces so that you may sit quietly. Close your eyes. Intentionally relax your body. Free your mind of worldly issues and ‘problem-solving.’ Allow your mind to drift, and to settle upon its own peaceful object or scene. Allow it to dwell there for around twenty minutes. Then, gently return to the here-and-now.
         Meditation may eventually reward you with truth, energy, resolution, insight, revelation, enlightenment, awareness, solace, or transformation. For now, keep expectations low. Consider daily meditation a holistically healthy, calming interlude beyond your stressful world.