Summer is finally here. Do not worry. Time to be happy. Make the time for yourself in order to take a mindful walk on the beach, focus on the moment at hand and enjoy your summer.
Meditation can be a useful tool that may be able to help you achieve a calm and peaceful state of mind. Briefly, in order to meditate you need to break away from the outside world. Go to a quiet place. This means no cell phones, television, radio, noisy people, distracting pets, etc. Be alone and silent. Give yourself the gift of a few minutes of peace.
Meditation seems to help us mentally and physically. Meditating for 20 minutes twice a day seems to help reduce stress. Since stress may contribute to a myriad of physical problems, meditating makes sense. You can meditate anywhere that is quiet and private. You can either open or close your eyes. It may be easier to do this with your eyes open in order to avoid falling asleep. Focus on your breathing. Breathe in and out slowly with your mouth slightly open and empty your mind. When you begin your meditation session exhale in a robust manner to clear your system before settling into a gentle, steady breathing pattern. One helpful tool is to focus your mind on a lotus blossom opening and closing. Inhale, open. Exhale, close.
There are other methods that can be used in meditation. A fun way to incorporate meditation into our summer fun is to take a mindful walk on the beach. Stroll down the beach, pay attention to the water, sand, sounds and smells. Focus and live in the moment. Allow no distractions. Feel the sand under your feet and be aware of your body as you walk down the beach. Breathe, step, listen, smell. Take it all in a moment at a time. Repeat and live in the right now. Sounds wonderful.
Incorporating meditation into your summer and opportunities to experience the beach is a fabulous way to enjoy the summer and benefit your mental, physical and spiritual being.
Issues that are of concern should fade away. That moment of peace should be able to help us find solutions to our life and improve our relationships, our feelings about ourselves and others, and make other areas of our life more serene. Meditation may not provide you the answers to your questions, however, it may provide a solid platform of peace upon which to build a happier life.
Meditation is not necessarily something mysterious. Taking a mindful walk on the beach and focusing on the moment is a wonderful way to reign in stress and focus on yourself. When practicing this activity, remember that there is no wrong way to do this. Do not worry about how to do this, just walk – breathe – feel the sand – soak up the sun – listen to the ocean and enjoy. I feel better just thinking about it. How about you?