Life transitions can be expected, or a surprise. Only yesterday I was amidst beautiful green countryside on vacation. There were ducks, sheep, beautiful flowers and rolling hills. Bliss! Today I am at my desk writing as rain falls softly from the skies.
I adore my work, but the transition back after being on vacation can feel strange and a bit bumpy. The good news is that once I am back in my flow, things feel balanced again. It’s mainly the first few days that I can feel like I have been slapped around the face with a wet fish.
Without seeing magic in the most mundane of days, the norm can have a sobering effect. I believe this and I haven’t had a drink in years!
Transitions can also knock our natural rhythm; so can the view point that we are stuck. We can be creatures of habit. If only more of us could thrive in the waters of change by approaching new things with excitement instead of fear.
True realism consists in revealing the surprising things which habit keeps covered and prevents us from seeing. Jean Cocteau
To counteract any unsettlement that can sometimes occur during life transitions (no matter how big or small), I turn to meditation.
For me, meditation is like a shepherd in life. No matter what is going on around, it steers me towards inner peace.
(Check with your doctor for suitability and meditate and exercise at your own risk)
Part 1 : Find a easy way to sit. For some that maybe on a chair, or cross-leggard on the floor. Close the eyes and find a spot where you won’t be disturbed. Every day aim to sit and meditate for five to thirty minutes. Build up the time slowly.
When thoughts cascade themselves around your head, imagine you are a fly or bird above on the wall. So no matter what you are thinking, you can rise above and simply be. After doing this many times you may notice the same repetitive thoughts coming up. By stepping back as if observing oneself, it can have a librating feel, helping transitions to feel more paletable.
Part 2 : Think of all the things you are grateful for. Don’t hold back. Also, it can be something simple, small, large or even detailed. It doesn’t matter, the important thing I feel is to say thanks. The more we can say thanks, the more our vibrations lift. Even in times when life doesn’t feel like there is much to be thankful for, a simple thanks for anything can help go a long way. Try for two to five minutes.
Part 3: Picture your perfect day. Imagination is a blank canvas and you can be the artist of your life. When creating that day, remember to us all the sensess, how will that day feel, taste, touch, smell, appear and sound? Picture that day as if it is real. Add colour and texture to your dreams and take inspiration from people that you admire. Try for two to ten minutes.
Please let me know how you get on with your meditation. Remember the commitment and showing up on the mat or chair to meditate is as much as important as sitting there. Aim daily and see how life can go!
For more inspiration why not check out my lovely new book based on my blog titled: The Busy Person’s Guide To Everyday Enlightenment by Janey Bowyer
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Janey Bowyer ( The Word Sprite)