Meditation gives us a chance to take a few minutes out ofour day and focus on enhancing our awareness and abilities in a certain aspectof our lives. Loving Kindness Meditation (LKM), for example, focuses oncompassion in all interactions, including the self. Another great area tocenter our intentions is Wellness. Here are a few brief meditations (about 10minutes each) you can use to promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeingin your life.
Rejuvenate the Body
We spend so much time running around, its no wonder we feelbeat at day’s end. The next time you feel worn out, spend ten minutes inrejuvenating meditation. Choose a brightly lit room with no distractions andbegin – sit fully upright and breathe powerfully with eyes neither completelyclosed nor open.
After a few minutes, your physical tension will subside asyou call to mind feelings of energy and happiness. This is a great meditationfor late evenings, and you can try following it with a light exercise to feelphysically refreshed.
Relax the Mind
Meditation is also a great way to ease mental stress thatdamages our ability to live happily each day. Try to surround yourself withcalming colors (blues and greens) or is possible, some element of water. Inthis meditation the goal is to breathe as slowly as possible, letting negativethoughts come and go without judging them.
A cool Zen trick is to envision your mind as a dusty bowl,and then let each peaceful thought be like water washing the bowl clean again.Smile throughout this exercise to boost your mood as you return to the day.
Revive the Spirit
Quiet time alone can sometimes help restore our faith in thegoodness of humanity better than time spent socially. Make yourself comfortable,breathe until you begin to feel relaxed, and start with a mantra or set ofwords with special spiritual meaning to you.
You can even say the words “peace” or “love” over and overagain if you aren’t familiar with traditional meditation mantras. The goal hereis to push focus away from the self and onto one’s greater place in theuniverse, encouraging love for all beings.
While meditation is just one path towards overall wellness,you may be surprised at how differently you feel in terms of personal healtheven after a few repeated sessions. Like any other self improvement routine,you have to find what works best for you personally – including what times ofday and locations make you the most comfortable.