Some days I can meditate with the trickling ease of water flowing from a tap. Other days I feel as if my subconscious is plugged into the collective thinking of my city. London just as much as other cities doesn’t like to sleep. Yet to jump out into the world without clearing the mind can leave one feeling ungrounded. The key is to get up earlier, meditate, and then step out into the world.
Oh, but I need my sleep you may feel. Here’s why it is worth getting up earlier as well as other tips on how to stay sane living in a city.
Some Reasons To Meditate:
- It helps stop worrying or doubting
- It cultivates creativity
- It helps one to deal with information overload
- It quashes anxiety
- It helps one sleep at night and wake up in the morning feeling fresh
- It reduces stress
- It helps one to break negative behaviour patterns
- It sets one up for the day
WATCH THE BREATH MEDITATION
Method: Slow the breathing right down making it even. Try and inhale for five, hold for five and exhale for five…. gradually building up the time.
The focus is not to strain but patiently expand the lungs. Remember to breathe in and out the nose. If you forget, just come back to the breath.
Try this for forty days and see how much it changes your life. If you miss a day of the meditation, go back to it and try for another 40 days. One day you will train your meditative breathing so well that you will do it without thinking.
I do this sitting on trains, when I wake up in the morning when I am waiting in a queue. It beats sitting or standing there worrying about stuff!
MY STAR TIP: I CAN BE A FIDGET AND MOVE AROUND WHEN MEDITATING. WHAT I NOW DO IS PLACE A LIGHT YOGA FOAM BLOCK OR LIGHT BOOK ON MY HEAD WHILE I MEDITATE. THIS STOPS ME FROM FIDGETING AND HELPS MY POSTURE!
I do this moving meditation whenever I have a lot of energy to burn up. It’s also perfect for when feeling sad and in need of a lift. After all, exercise produces endorphins (the happy hormone) that help to lift our mood.
As with all forms of exercise, please consult your doctor first and exercise at your risk.
Things you will need
Maybe a block to sit on
A quiet space
5-20 minutes of your time
Some uplifting music that is good to dance to
Bare feet and a yoga mat or some non-slip surface to dance on
Stand tall for a few deep breaths. Inhale through the nose and exhale.
Now tell yourself you are going to surrender to the dance as if no one is watching.
Press play on the music and begin.
Dance and feel the pulse of the music. Let the body move how it wants to as you work your way through the journey of dance. The more you can let yourself go and not care, the better. No one is watching so just do your thing.
Start to slow down without coming to an abrupt end.
To finish, lie on your back for Savasana, making the time to rest before you go about your normal day.
Had a stressful day? Write it out!
If your mind is extra busy try writing freely on a few sides of paper what ever is on your mind. Just let what ever wants to come up, out. I find that helps me get off my chest what is bothering me so that I don’t just sit there stewing in my problems, but instead let them get out.
So as you can see you can sit still or dance. Both are meditations. With meditation, don’t think quick fix but more like long-term commitment.
Don’t let the word commitment scare you, as brushing your teeth is a commitment too and something that feels like second nature. The same goes for meditating. You must do it every day though and if you miss a day don’t throw the towel in but start again the next day. It is the consistency that makes the difference. Living in the extra stress of a city one does need to make time for oneself. Do use a timer with an alarm so that you don’t have to keep checking the time.
So with a little imagination there are ways to meditate in your city.
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Janey Bowyer (The Word Sprite)