What do people thank you for?

As we are set to enter a new year I’ve stopped to reflect on my life since I started this journey. I’ve experienced many blessings as well as times I wasn’t sure why I was on this journey.

I searched my heart for a question that would give me some answers. The question I came up with is, “What do people thank you for?” I’m not talking about things like holding the door or stopping at the store on your way home. I’m referring to things that go deeper and that are consistent in your life.

What is consistent in my life? Thank you for listening, when no one else will. Thank you for supporting me in the most challenging times of my life. Thank you for being honest with me even when it may not be what I want to hear. Thank you for fun times.

I answered the question and the answers were revealed. I know why I am on this journey. I am blessed.

Find what people thank you for and you will find your purpose.

Meditation, am I doing it right?

I used to ask myself this question all the time when I first started practicing meditation. Am I doing it right? With all the latest research pointing us to use meditation as another tool to living a healthier, happier life, I thought it would be helpful to give my readers a long overdue post and dedicate it to the practice of meditation.

Defining the actual act of meditation can be difficult as there are many traditions and countless ways to practice. It is a heightened state of awareness that requires you to be fully present in the moment without judging what is in that moment.

Generally meditation consists of simply sitting quietly, focusing on your breath, a word or a mantra. However, anything we do throughout the day can be an act of meditation, walking, standing, even washing dishes. The key is to be focused on the present.

Many who are new to meditation will ask, “How do I know if I am doing it right?”. The short answer is “If you feel better at the end, you are doing it right.” It is natural for there to be internal chatter and this isn’t a sign that you are doing something wrong. Acknowledge the thoughts and chatter and then let them go.

Most people who are drawn to meditation are seeking ways to reduce stress and quiet the mind. It is a very effective stress reducer.

The 4 most important elements in meditation practice are a quiet location with as few distractions as possible, a comfortable position whether walking, sitting, or lying down, focusing your attention, and an open mind.

Meditation may be used as a compliment to traditional medicine (not a replacement of) for various health related issues:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional issues related to chronic illness
  • Overall health and well being

Meditation teaches us to focus attention and be mindful of our thoughts, feelings, and sensations and too observe all these in a nonjudgmental way. The result is a mental calmness and physical relaxation.

Be here now!