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6. Calm, soothing music can be helpful for inducing a state of tranquility and relaxation.
7. If you are hungry, have a little something to eat, as it is not necessary to meditate on a completely empty stomach.
8. Put your expectations aside and don’t worry about doing it right.
Mahamudra is the form of meditation that is a way of going about one’s daily activities in a state of mindfulness. It is meditation integrated into all aspects of our lives.
This following exercise is one you can do anywhere to create a feeling of inner peace. It is particularly helpful for those times you are stuck in traffic, waiting in line at the grocery store or bank, at the office when days are hectic, or when you are picking up the kids from school or extra-curricular activities.
“What I do today is important because I am exchanging a day of my life for it,”
— Hugh Mulligan
Meditation helps us remember to stop and ‘smell the daisies.’
- Begin by taking a deep breath
- Breathe deeply and as you do expand your lungs and your diaphragm
- Hold the breath for a few seconds and slowly exhale through the mouth
- Focus on your breath and clear your mind
- Do this several times until you feel the slowing of your breath and a deep sense of peace fill your body
- Consciously feel the peace permeate your body
- Drop your shoulders and connect through the top of your head to the Universal Energy
- If you wish, send peace to those around you by connecting to their hearts with light and love.
A walking meditation is simply an exercise in awareness. There are four components:
- become aware of your breathing,
- notice your surroundings,
- be attentive to your body’s movement, and
- take some time to reflect on your experience when you return home.