I don’t think it’s a coincidence that last week I meditated consecutively for four days and felt immediately better. I do mediate, usually after a yoga session, but last week I was trying something new.
I practice something called talking meditation, whereby I record the session of meditation on my phone using the microphone (its useful for the phone to be on aero plane setting to remove external disturbances) when you do this. As I traverse through the depths of my being to a space that isn’t normally accessible to me during normal waking hours, I pass many interesting thoughts. Often through this process I discover things that I want to share, verbally. And because I know that I am recording everything, I speak.
Every now and then I listen back to my meditation download and I am often astonished at what I hear. Usually, whilst in a deep meditative space I have no recollection of these words or ideas. This process not only strengthens my connection to the universe/god/or whatever you call your faith, but also to oneself. Which is one of the main purposes of a meditation practice. Meditation is often a misunderstood process. People believe that they must sit cross legged for many hours to truly mediate. Or hum or chant or listen to certain music. But mediation is an intention, a vehicle as it were to connect you to self. So, for you this could be going for a run, playing golf, walking in nature, or just pausing with intention to listen to yourself. I would suggest at least 15minutes or for as long as you want. Whatever is practical really.
The more you practice the easier it gets. Perhaps you are saying right now, but I don’t have time, I am so busy. Ask yourself this question, how many hours do you spend on social media? It is ok we all do it. We like to check what is going on in the world, how friends are getting on, what the latest trend is. My question is this, how amazing would it be to know what is truly going on in your world, your internal world.
Well, through meditation you can.
So, allocate some time to do your favourite thing, set an intention for just listening to what comes up and notice what you notice. Like a cloud in the sky, notice as it passes overhead, the thought is there and then it is gone, as you become more familiar with this practice, the clouds of thoughts will pass quicker and for those that keeping coming up, verbalise them. Through doing this, oneself is acknowledged that this is important. You ‘ll notice that the thought then passes with ease. As you sink lower into the depths of self you may start to visualise a space, a new space where you have never been before. Just notice what you notice without judgement. You may stay here for as long as you want, enjoying all that you notice. You may feel sensations, that is ok and all part of the process.
For thoughts that are strong verbalise them. When you are ready, you can start to return to your original starting point, there is no rush, returning just a slowly as you want. Then when you are ready open your eyes. It is s a good idea, to just sit for a while and reacclimatise yourself to your surroundings. Once you are ‘back in the room’ with all senses you can return to whatever you were doing.
Depending on the nature of the mediation and what comes up, you may feel sensations of;
- wanting to rest,
- to sleep,
- energy to get on with that thing that before seemed overwhelming or that you felt stuck about.
- Energy to go for a brisk walk, to connect with nature or
- Just to tell a loved one how much you love them
Whatever the outcome of this practise it will help you get to know yourself better, which is a gift that is priceless.
David M. Skipp is the Principal Transition Coach, Educator and Human at Yoursignpost. He provides Leadership Coaching to Send (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) schools, Life Transition Coaching to people affected by Maxillofacial issues and Transition Coaching for IT Professionals undergoing Digital Transformation. He specialises in Helplessness, Overwhelm, Worthlessness, Stress and Isolation. If you would like to get in touch with David, then please email him DavidMSkipp@Yoursignpost.co.uk or why not book sometime with him to understand more about how he can help you or a member of your family: https://meetings.hubspot.com/davidmskipp