Your Daily Meditation
- Short and Easy! -
The simplest and often most effective techniques for meditation are those you
can practice whenever and wherever you are, and even better, in the actual
moment of drama.
In our fast and busy lives, we don't always have the time or space to create
the ideal meditation setting: lighting candles, turning on some peaceful music,
burning incense, finding the most amazing cushions, surrounding ourselves
with crystals and then finally actually getting to our meditation. As nice as it is
to set ourselves up for meditation, often I've noticed that we become seduced
by the preparation for the meditation or the idea of it rather than actually doing
In reality, we may find ourselves in a difficult situation or interaction with
someone in our daily lives and we need a quick fix. So in addition to our
longer meditation practices where we have the time and space, we also find
power in equipping ourselves with quick, accessible tools that can instantly
bring us inner calm.
We then cultivate strength to face the challenges of the day with recharged
light. A mantra or a shift in perspective may just be thing (or quick fix) we need
to find our peace, anchoring us to the present moment. Just a few seconds of
mindfulness can bring you home to you.
Here is just one of the many tools we can create to ground us in the present.
Use this mantra meditation technique (inspired by one of my favorite teachers,
Thich Nhat Hanh) anytime, anywhere, when you are on the go or feeling
stressed, anxious or frustrated. No one is immune to such situations. Saying a
mantra brings focus and calm in the actual moment of stress. This is perfect in
our world of busyness and instant gratification.
No preparation is required! You don't even need to sit or close the eyes. In fact,
keeping the eyes open helps you to practice finding your center, even amid
the storms and distractions of life. It takes only a few seconds to be free from
sorrow, fear, and uncertainty.