Meditation is quite a special tool: it can allow one to see deeper inside oneself or enable their shedding of ego boundaries. It can calm and sooth your body and mind, or it can allow you to harbor energy in specific regions of the body. Meditation can be a lot of different things: some people prefer to be guided by another, while others prefer a solo journey. One person may choose to chant or utter words and phrases while another could choose silence and isolation. Personally, I prefer guided meditation sessions because they allow me to hand over control of my thoughts. When I’m not in control of my consciousness I feel I can attain greater states of relaxation and transcendence. Though no matter your preference on format, deep, deliberate thoughts and concentration in meditative states helps your body and mind in many ways, both those understood by science and otherwise.
In this great video, a soothing voice, attainable message and goals, and great music make for a wonderful meditation experience for meditation beginners to spiritual Yogis. Try putting in headphones and closing your eyes while listening to this track for a 15-minute break at work. You can watch it on youtube, or even download it so that you can burn it to a CD, put it on your mp3 player or smartphone, and really take this anywhere, like say the peak of your favorite climbing trail.
Here is the link where you can find this, and other mindful meditation downloads:
I found a great little site/web app this morning that really changed the way my day is going. Over the course of about 90 seconds, this demonstration explains how we’re all leading high-strung, over-stretched social lives on these internet. Portlandia has a great sketch, “Technology Loop,” on exactly this problem.
While our rapid rate of interconnectedness is unlikely to slow anytime in the foreseeable future–save catastrophic, systemic collapse–taking little breaks from it all can really help keep us sane, level-headed, and free. The quiet place is a self-described “relaxation exercise” that runs from right in your browser. If you navigate to their page, you’ll notice that you’re only a space-bar click away from 90 seconds of serenity. The site tells you to full-screen your browser, turn up the volume, and refrain from using your phone (that’s kind of the point). Then, soothing music and gentle words help you to relax and break your digital ties, if only for a moment. In the first part, the exercise explains the frivolity in incessantly patrolling facebook and twitter to stay up-to-date and in-the-know. Toward the end, it asks you to sit and do nothing (iknowrite?) for 30 seconds. Truly, this whole thing is a wonderful lesson in guided relaxation/concentration. A lot of what you see and hear at the quiet place are almost textbook examples of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques for relaxation and de-stressing. So bookmark the quiet place, and return to it when you need a break from work, others, or even yourself.