This morning I sat to do my meditation and my mind was busy. There was all sorts of planning going on and also thoughts of yesterday creeping in.
So as I sat to meditate I simply allowed my self a little longer just to let things settle. I didn’t jump straight into an exercise. I just waited and watched for a while.
After a few minutes I felt things change and my awareness came back to the present moment all on its own. Then I knew the time was right to try a bit of brain training. Something a bit active was needed to keep my mind focused but calm today.
When my mind is hectic my favourite exercise is counting my breath. So I let my attention go to the rising and falling sensation of my breath. Once I had got used to watching my breath I introduced some counting. 1 for the in breath and 2 for the out breath. Then I tried to keep going until I got to 10.
On my first few efforts my mind had wandered before I got to number 5. I kept going and simply diverted my attention back to the breath each time I noticed it had wandered. By the end of my 15 minute session I had managed to get all the way to 10.
This exercise is so simple but always a challenge. Give it a go and see how you get on.
Remember, always be kind to yourself. If your mind keeps wandering use that as a reason to carry on – you are getting so much benefit from training your brain. Each distraction is an opportunity.
By the end of my session I felt so much better and I had a lovely morning as a result. I settled into a house cleaning session with my 4 year old before we went out for coffee.
As he insisted on doing the vacuming I was patient and kind and helped him without getting frustrated. Never mind that it took twice as long, we were spending quality time together.
If you feel that you and your loved ones would benefit from a little more calm book onto a Revitalise Session. The steady state of mind you can create is so productive and much nicer than battling with your thoughts all day long.