Meditation, change, practice, awareness
Seven ways to change your life: Part Three
Paula Brown | 27 July 2022
Know this: Our brains are programmed from birth to store information, thoughts and behaviours that are most repeated. As we absorb, distill, and act on this information, our brain forms stronger and deeper neural pathways.
Sometimes this information and its interpretation is just not true.
Messages like “You’re lazy or you're not good enough” prove unhelpful, yet these messages are stored in the library of our mind, and become an important part of our belief system, ultimately.
preventing us from living our best lives.
The good news is that change is possible and neuroplasticity tells us that forming new neural pathways is equally possible. Like anything worth having, it takes some dedication, sacrifice and regular practice. The hardest part is carving out the time to practice, as we're all just so busy.
The easiest part of this process is the actual practices. They bring immense reward in a short period of time - from genuine feelings of wellbeing to calm, clarity, joy, and an overarching sense of fulfillment - all that good stuff we mostly dream of.
At Equinox, we have seven pathways to creating the change you want in your life. This is the third in our series of Seven ways to change your life.
Introducing Super-Seven Practice #3
“Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet.
It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there.”
There are many forms of meditation, all of which are designed to silence the mind and create a sense of relaxation and calm. The practice combines concentration with awareness – creating an awareness of one’s breath, thoughts, sensations, or feelings.
To support the practice of meditation when first learning to meditate, you can use some of these techniques:
Movement meditation includes any gentle form of movement, from dancing to yoga, gardening to housework – where one’s attention is on the flow of movement rather than the task or act.
Compassionate meditation opens one’s heart and mind to receiving and giving love. This is helpful for people experiencing strong emotions of anger, resentment, abandonment, and even unworthiness.
Directions for practice:
A quick tip: set yourself up for success. Create the space you’ll be using to meditate, the night before. Maybe include a candle, (we’ve all got those handy - thanks to you-know-who), a comfy cushion and blanket, and possibly a journal.
The Friends of Meditation: Pranayama (breathing), stillness, silence, body scan, yoga or other forms of movement that flow into meditation.
The Benefits of Meditation: Calm, clarity, a clear mind, ability to focus and limit one’s reactions when triggered. Meditation offers mind and body mastery after continuous practice.
An Old Zen Proverb:
“One should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day -unless you’re too busy.
Then you should sit for one hour.”
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