Dealing with fear and anxiety
Feeling anxious and fearful? Join the club! This meditation is perfect the perfect antidote. It helps us deal with rising fear and anxiety at this challenging time. Try sitting quietly first thing in the morning, for about ten minutes, with eyes open (we are training our mind to behave calmly despite external circumstances). You can then use it during your day, whenever you feel your mind becoming agitated. Be patient with yourself and kind – there are so many negative messages in the media at the moment. Staying grounded in your inner well of peace and calm is vital, especially at the moment. Try imagining yourself sitting peacefully at the top of a mountain. Relax. Enjoy.
Inner Peace Meditation
This is a simple yet effective meditation, which can be used at any time of the night or day to calm our busy mind, in order to find a mental peace and purity that lies beneath it. Just as when clouds disperse a blue sky is revealed, so when we quieten our mind we discover a well of peace and purity that lies there always. Try practicing with your eyes open, for 5-10 minutes, at least once a day.
- First of all take your attention to your breathing. Just become aware of the breath as it enters and leaves the body. We are not trying to change anything here, just becoming aware of the breath.
- Now take your attention to the tip of the nose. At first the sensation of the breath may be quite faint, but if you keep your attention focused there, you will start to become more aware of it.
- If you find that your mind has wandered, and is following your thoughts, congratulate yourself for noticing, and gently bring your attention back to the breath.
- Continue like this, focusing on the breath, and bringing your attention back to it every time it wanders. Soon, your distracting thoughts will subside and you’ll begin to get a feeling of inner peace and relaxation. Stay with this feeling for a while and enjoy.