More and more people are reaping the benefits of meditation. Science has
shown that meditation can actually reduce stress, ease depression, lower anxiety and reduce heart disease. Meditation is one
of those activities that anyone of any age or ability level can enjoy. Two especially easy meditation techniques to learn
are grounding meditation and walking meditation.
Grounding meditation brings you back into the here and now if you are feeling
out-of-sorts, unable to concentrate and easily distracted. Unlike other meditation techniques, grounding meditation will boost
your energy and able to concentrate easily.
Visualization and your imagination are the only two things you will need
in order to do a grounding meditation. First, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down. Next think about a golden chain
that runs through your body up to the ends of the universe and down to the center of the Earth.
Now picture the chain coming from the top of your head, follow it as it goes
up higher and higher into the sky, through the clouds and breaks through the atmosphere. It keeps moving until it reaches
a bright light at the very ends of the universe. The chain is drawn to the light and melds with it.
Now picture the golden string moving from your body, into the Earth's crust,
past rocks, minerals and all of the different layers of Earth until it finally comes to the middle. You see a yellowish ball
of light, the light that is responsible for all of the Earth's energy. Once again, the golden string binds itself to the yellow
light. As it joins to the light, you feel connected to the Earth and completely grounded and calm.
Now follow the thread up to your body and focus on your breathing for a time.
You then feel the Earth firmly beneath your feet, as if your feet and Earth were magnetized. As you come out of your meditation,
you will notice that you feel more energetic, focused, at peace and ready for whatever you need to do next.
Walking meditation is one of the simplest active forms of meditation that
has the benefit of meditation and the benefit of getting exercise at the same time. It is a fantastic meditation technique
to have in your bag of stress-busters and can be done any time - even if you only have five minutes to spare. When you do
a walking meditation, go alone. Do not try to combine walking your dog and walking meditation.
Start walking at a comfortable pace. Be aware of the sensations of your body.
Feel your feet hitting the road and the wind blowing. Notice the temperature on your skin. Notice your breathing coming in
and going out. Focus on that particular moment in time. If your mind wanders, just let the thought slip through your mind
without giving it attention.
Some people find it helpful to listen to calm music during their walking
meditation. Others prefer focusing on saying a mantra, phrase or prayer in their head. Or, just focus on body sensations.
Once you are finished walking you should be feeling rest and ready to go.
As you can see, meditation is not really all that esoteric. It can be one
of the most practical, life-affirming things you do in a given day. Any activity or household chore that is repetitive (such
as vacuuming, mowing the lawn or planting a garden) can be meditative. With so many different meditation techniques available,
you are bound to find one that you find most helpful to you.