Summer is over and it’s certainly time to center our minds on the what lies ahead. I don’t know about you, but I sense that the new year will be here before we can blink our eyes. And for me, this time of the year is the perfect time to be extremely in tune with myself as I prepare for what lies ahead.

That being said, I’ve been very mindful about taking moments for meditation. What do you think of when you envision meditation? Meditation, in my opinion, is very similar to prayer. When I pray I prefer a quiet area with absolutely no distractions. Prayer is also spiritual communication between yourself and God. I believe that in order to effectively have this communication you must dive deep within your subconscious. I also prefer to reflect only one or two thoughts. Are the thoughts facts or opinions? How does the thought(s) make me feel? If they create negative feelings, how can I reframe it and create a new, positive belief? How will I allow my spirituality and faith to work within this moment?

At other times, meditation is thinking of nothing.  I just sit criss-cross in bed, fingers locked together, eyes closed with my chin nearly touching my chest. I allow my mind to go blank and I try to imagine nothing but the sounds of ocean water and I only focus on the clouds that I create in my mind. It certainly takes some practice to completely clear your mind, but it is well-worth it.

Meditation is calming and improves focus. Research has also suggested that meditation has the ability to create more positive emotions and that certainly makes sense to me. I believe anytime that a person actually takes the time to connect with themselves it causes heightened self-awareness. Mediation is a great way to silence the chaos that is a result of all of the day-to-day chaos that can go on in your head.

 

 

 

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