This morning I woke with a headache. It was a nagging dull feeling that I noticed was there as I sat to meditate. So often when we sit still to meditate any niggles, aches or pains come to light. I think the reason for this is that we cut out distraction when we simply sit in the quiet. Alone in the peace we are alert to how our bodies and minds are feeling.
Being aware of aches and pains may sound like a disadvantage. Who would want to notice what was wrong with their body!? Well as odd as it sounds it really is a massive advantage to know exactly what is going on with your body and mind. Once you notice the sensation you can sort it out.
Just by noticing a sensation we usually stop resisting it. Research shows that when you stop resisting a sensation of pain then the intensity of the that feeling is reduced by up to 50%. By being alert to the way our body feels we can also target our meditation to suit.
So this morning once I sat and noticed my headache I made my meditation to fit. If you find yourself with a headache then try this…
Set a timer for 10 minutes.
Sit with your back straight, feet flat on the floor and hands on your lap.
Take five or six deep breaths. In through your nose and out through your mouth. Your out breaths should be loud enough that if a person was sitting in the same room they would hear your breathing.
Then let you breathing return to normal.
Focus all of your attention on your breath. Noticing the rising and falling sensation of your body. Notice how deep each breath is. Notice the cool of the air that you breath in.
Picture that as you breath in the cool air comes in through the top of your head and spreads down through your whole body. As you breath our picture the air leaving the whole of your body through the top of your head.
Continue with this exercise until your timer goes off.
Stay in your position for a couple of minutes longer and enjoy the sensation of calm stillness that you have created.
So, having breathed away my headache I went off to look after my horses and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Rather than rushing round feeling rough, I took in the early morning air and I was really thankful to be in such a lovely place. I really thought to myself, I love my life.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how you could overcome your aches and pains and learn to love life even more at the same time. The day retreats are held in a beautiful location that is perfect for some quiet reflection. The next date is in the new year, the ideal time to take a fresh approach.