Find yourself a comfortable place, preferrably away from any loud noises. Make sure you are away from it all and definitely switch off your cell phone. This is your time to relax but there are a few rules.
You can do this either sitting in a chair or on the floor or lying down and no, contrary to popular belief you don’t have to sit cross-legged like a monk with your thumbs and forefingers held together. This can have some serious benefits.
Okay here we go, so close your eyes with hands loosely by your side. Take a deep breath in and relax. Now begin breathing in and out. I like to breathe in through the nose and breathe out through the mouth. Breathing in through the nose helps to filter out any garbage in the air and with this meditation the aim is to get rid of as much junk as we can. So, in through the nose and out through the mouth. It’s a cleansing for your mind, your body and your spirit, so take a deep breath in through the nose, fill up the lungs and your diaphragm which is down in the stomach area and blow it all out. Let it all go, and again in through the nose out through the mouth.
Meditation is all about being in the present moment so you can begin that right now by focusing on your breathing, in and out. If a thought enters your mind, no matter what it is, you obviously don’t want to be thinking of things so you’d let it go. How do you let it go? You can do this by breathing in and on your breath out blowing the thought out of your body, releasing it. Just release it from your mind. Blow it out on your exhaled breath, so for the next few minutes just focus on your breath in and out. It’s normal that your mind will wander and especially when you first begin this meditation, that’s okay and if it does, just witness what you are thinking about and imagine it being blown away on your outward breath and then go back to focusing on breathing in and out.
Meditation is really very simple when we learn how to practice it correctly. The key objective is to keep your mind focused on the present moment. As caregivers, we need to remember this principle in the work that we do. Do not have regrets towards your past or worry about the future. You are here in the present moment, be thankful for that.
Well, that concludes our session today about meditation. I hope you all start practicing meditation in your spare time. For more information about this topic, please contact us at (561) 588-4545. Thanks for watching this month’s Therapeutic Thursday and we’ll see you again next time!