Meditation can be an important daily ritual to calm one’s mind, reduce heart rate and blood pressure, and bring one into the present moment. However, if you don’t know how to meditate, it can be stressful, especially if it brings up the feelings of not being good enough because you can’t seem to get it right. Over the years, I have tried many ways of meditating, and I have found that certain things work better on different days. Maybe that is part of my genetic makeup, always having to mix it up a little. So here are a few things that I have found work for me at different times in my life.
- Journaling- writing my thoughts and prayers to God is a form of meditation. I can feel my body relax as I clear my mind of all the thoughts that seem to clutter my day.
- Focus on breathing. I create a healing egg of light all around me by breathing in white light through the top of my head, and as I breathe out, I move the light into all parts of my body. When my body is full of healing light, I breathe the light out into an egg of protection around me, where only love can get in. In this way, I am focused on bringing my light to the world. Negative energy cannot enter the healing egg of light.
- Mantras help move me into a space of quiet. Repetition of words on inhales and exhales can help calm the body and mind. Affirmations such as “I am God’s light and Love” work well for me. I also like to focus on a line of scripture, such as “I put my trust in you.” I am just reawakening to the rhythm of saying a rosary. Moving my fingers over the beads and saying prayers that take me back to my childhood in a catholic grade school bring a sense of comfort. There are many forms of prayer beads that can be used, depending on your religious traditions.
- Mandalas are a creative way to meet God. A mandala is usually a circular intricate design( think stained glass windows) I have many books on mandalas and when I have the time, I love to pick a design to color. I gather my mandala, a cup of hot tea, and my colored pencils. There is usually something I want to focus on during my coloring, so I set my intention before the coloring that my expression of the mandala will bring clarity to the situation. I enter into a meditative state when I am coloring a mandala, and always feel God talking to me through the insights I have, in the color choices I make, in how the design unfolds. This is a very reflective process, and when I can, I like to allow 90 minutes for this so I can color and process how God showed up in the moments of coloring.
These are just a few different ways to get started. I am by no means an expert in this area, just a pilgrim on the road working to find Divine Presence and love in my life.