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Mariette's guidelines for meditation - 1

Posted on 07/09/2012

        Meditation is a skill we can all easily learn again. When we are young, we live so intuitive that we know when it is time to retreat into our own silent space. Look at babies, when they are content in their cot, eyes open and fully concentrating on one little something: a shadow on the wall, a moving mobile, a sound. And they are totally involved with their whole being in the experience. In doing that their mind is calming down, and they reach a meditative state.

When life evolves we seem to lose that natural ability. Life around us is so busy, always offering something that distracts us from our inner stillness. If we deprive ourselves and our mind from a regular rest, we get stressed. When we get too much stress, we get ill and unhappy.

Meditation is easy. Deep down inside us we all have the experience, we all have the intuitive knowledge. Unfortunately, the busy-ness of our lives prevents us from being in touch with intuition, so we start thinking about it. What is it? How does it work? Will I do it right? What model shall I use for meditation?

My straightforward advice is: just do it.

Find a space that is comfortable: indoors, outdoors, where you will not be disturbed for 5 to 10 minutes. Set a timer, so you wont get distracted by thoughts about time. Then sit comfortably with your feet on the floor, close your eyes and breath in through the nose, out through the nose. Cool air coming in, warm air going out. Feel how your tummy moves on the rhythm of your breath, feel your chest moving on the rhythm of your breath and try to observe what happens. The flow of air, the movement of your tummy and chest. Maybe you can hear your breathing, maybe you pick up other sounds. Maybe you feel your facial muscles relaxing. Just sit like that.

You are doing what that little baby did, being totally absorbed and focussed on one thing. As a result, you rest your mind, you relax your body and you re-energise yourself.

If you click on the link here, you can listen or download a 1 minute guided meditation, that you can do, anywhere, anytime.

Let me know how you got on and share your experience.

Dr Mariette Jansen is a coach and trainer and also the designer of the concept Meditation with a Western flavour and the online meditation product The Meditation Wave. Her website offers information on stress free living, mindfulness and positivity.

She has a private practice to coach individuals. She also organises meditation workshops, which are a great way of re-energising and learning some tools to start the practice by yourself. See the events page for the upcoming workshops.

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