There are many ways of meditating and meditation means different things to different people. Meditation is part of normal daily practice for a great number of people within some religions. Whatever the word 'meditation' means to you the practice can be enormously helpful as a way of calming the mind and finding your own inner peace. This place of inner peace is where we can open up to our higher self - without the 'interference' of the ego or intellect - where we can find our higher intelligence and knowing.
Meditation can be achieved by focusing the mind on a particular object, for example a flower, or on a simple shape, on a sound, on an image (visualization), or by focusing on the breathing. (Colour breathing exercises can be done lying down or sitting and can be a very helpful form of meditation.) There are many very helpful tapes and CD's around to help with meditation as they will talk the listener through the stages of relaxation and some will help to build a 'picture' in the minds eye of tranquility. With practice, you will find it becomes easier and easier to meditate and to be able to 'switch off' any time, anywhere, when you are feeling the need for some peace.
Take a deep breath in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Do this for at least 5 times .
Become aware of any tension in your body and just breathe into that area for a moment..... .
now picture yourself in a beautiful meadow, surrounded by wildflowers, you can hear birds a little way off and you know that you are completely safe.
You can feel the warmth of the sun on your face and body. As you gently lay down on the soft grass and feel supported by the earth and warmed by the sun
you know that you have everything you need.
just lie here for a moment and enjoy this wonderful place of peace and calm, just listening to the birds and the bees .
Now when you are ready just breathe a little more deeply, feel the vital flow of energy through your body as you gently come back to the room and continue on with your day refreshed and ere-energised, knowing that you can return to your special place of calm anytime you want just by recalling it.
This meditation can take place any time,