I don’t know about you, but I find one of the hardest things to do in my life is to commit to myself. I mean really commit to what I want to do in my life and where I want to go. A successful business, clients, a home, security, and all the things we’re told are available to everyone. Does any of this sound a little familiar to anyone else out there? Finding yourself side tracked and giving excuses as to the whys and why nots, and there go those commitments right out the window.
So what makes it so hard to hold on to those things we want most in our lives, plus taking the action to really go for them? Self esteem, fear, old wounds, what other people will think of us; these are all huge factors in the quest for ourselves and what we want in our lives. These come from learned patterning out of our childhood and adult experiences as well as many of our interpretations of those experiences.
One simple tool to help you begin to turn those commitments into reality is meditation. Through meditation you can begin to learn more about who you really are inside yourself and how to heal and/or change any misconceptions you find in your life. It helps gives you choices as to how to see the world and yourself in it.
One of the most basic and simple meditation is to take just a few minutes to sit down, slow your mind down and follow your breath. By taking just even one to two minutes to do this it will work wonders on the next course of action in your day.
Tell your brain and all those thoughts running through it not to worry, you will get to that great big list of things to do in just a minute or two. Assure it you will not forget, because it won’t let you. Trust me. But for just these brief minutes, you can let go and relax. In a relaxed state we can recollect our own energy back into ourselves by concentrating on our breathing.
Take note of your breath going in and out. Listen to it, feel it, hear it, follow it as it expands your lungs on the inhalation and visualize all tension and heaviness flowing out of you as you breath out on your exhalation. Feel your muscles relax with each breath as you continue to pay attention to your breath.
After a minute or two, or more, allow your awareness to recognize the noises and movements around you and return to what you were doing. You should feel more relaxed, clear-headed and ready to take on the world again. This one simple tool can help you re-think your priorities, make better decisions, and handle life better, as well introduce you to the advantages and benefits of meditation as a way of reshaping your life and the choices in it. You are also teach your mind and body how to prepare for deeper, longer meditations in the future.