Meditation is often found to be a terrible struggle by many and they rapidly decide it is not for them. I wonder if by taking a slightly different approach it may be more accessible and less difficult. There are so many benefits to be gained from meditation that I thought it was worth me expressing my way, in the hope it may be of help to some of you.
I was lucky enough to be introduced to meditation at the age of 16 by a new friend at 6th form college and her family. It was a priceless thing for me as I had been through several stresses and traumatic events and injuries during the 4 years previous to that. I was in need of some inner peace and security and meditation introduced me to my Self.
I have read many spiritual texts but I’m not going to tell you about them. I don’t know any modern scientific data, I’m not interested enough to read it. This is just my experience. Meditation is about being ‘the body’. How do we become ‘the body’, well obviously we already are… but it is not what most of us experience much of the time. A common starting point is to taking your awareness into the body by following the breath which I completely agree with. However, there is a slight distinction between being ‘in’ the body and being the body.
The body is a huge sensory organ and the aim is to sink into ‘feeling’ all of it. Become the body.
Sit up in a comfortable supported way with your spine straight. Have your feet on the floor or cross legged. Let your awareness feel your diaphragm move downwards with your in breath and up with your out breath. Feel how the diaphragm presses against your internal organs when your lungs are full. Then let your awareness sink through your organs and down into your pelvis. Become aware of gravity and the weight of your body. Relax into the awareness of the mass of your body, your bottom, your legs and your tummy (not the way we often choose to think of ourselves nowadays). Let your sensory attention become aware of all that is going on inside. Tension here, an ache there, all the varied qualities you can sense in different parts of your whole.
For me the stillness and steadiness of meditation comes from the body. Personally I think it is best to forget about the mind. Concentrate on the body. Don’t battle with the mind. The mind does its own thing… let it be. The exercise of meditation is about loving yourself, being gentle, happy and relaxed… so hang out with your body. Over time the mind will change its behaviour, it will settle and come and join you, to be still with the body.
As you experience your time ‘being the body’, your body will naturally relax and open up. This is why meditation is such a great aid to the therapy process. If you want to support your therapy process, meditate. It will speed up the process of your change, while also making the changes gentler. You will need fewer treatments. You will gain greater insight of yourself both during treatments and at home.
Some of the Benefits of Meditation
Relaxes Body and Mind
Reduces the Amount of Sleep Needed
Good for Immune System
Helps Balanced Perspective and give Clear Thought
Reduces Physical Tension and Pain
I am sure there are many other benefits to do with Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and more…
The opening up of the body and mind during meditation is where its healing benefits come from. The release of tension gives space. The space allows for better circulation movement and function throughout the body and brain. Meditation is like a therapy session in itself. The journey of listening to the body express its various sensations is fascinating. Just watch and get lost in the flow of change and release. Your body is directing its own personal recovery, much like what happens in Craniosaral therapy. All you need to do is let your awareness follow the process. You can get to know yourself more intimately by observing.
Meditation is empowering before starting new projects because it give a clear head and better focus. If I think I’m coming down with a cold or some other illness I will meditate and mostly the illness clears up without developing any further. If I have been through a particularly busy or stressful time I find I recover very rapidly if I meditate, where it would take a couple of days to recover if I don’t. If I have slept badly I will meditate and feel fully recovered for the rest of the day.
There is so much to be gained by persevering with meditation and having it as part of your life. Often 10 or 20 minutes is all it takes to make a huge difference. This works if you have given it some commitment in the past so it is easy to slip into. Give it a fair chance and meditation will reward you well. If one approach doesn’t suit you look around and find more that might. Your worth the investment.