There is one very important thing that I learned when I was in the hospital about 18 months ago that has stuck with me ever since. Meditation will get you through any difficult time in your life if you sincerely practice it.
I wish that there was a one-size fits all guide to meditation. Thankfully, there are plenty of paths to try until finding the one that works for you. I believe that it is the teacher who determines whether or not meditation will work in a particular instance. Some people want encouragement, while others want to be challenged. There is no one path to Enlightenment, we each find our own path.
Almost all meditation focuses on breathing and how that affects our bodies. Such a simple thing that we do without thinking, and that is why it is so important to master. How many times has someone told you to “take a deep breath and relax?” That conscious attention to something as simple as breathing is the basis for Meditation.
When you listen to a teacher talking you through an introductory session on breathing, you will immediately notice a change in how you feel. It takes practice and patience to get past that first phase, but don’t give up.
Breathing is probably more important to me than sone other people because I have COPD and I’m chronically short of breath, even if I don’t cough or wheeze all the time. Meditation has taught me to listen to my body, recognize the warning signs of an impending episode, and immediately take es to lessen the impact on my health. “Smell the flowers, and blow out the candles” is the mantra I use at times like these. In the past I would immediately struggle to breathe properly, and that caused me to hyperventilate, which made my condition even worse.
Now, when I feel stress or shortness of breath I breathe in normally through my nose and then exhale as much as possible through my mouth. I haven’t hyperventilated in almost 18 months using this simple trick. I hope this helps someone out there.
I’ll write more about Meditation in the future, and how it meshes nicely with Kindness.
5 things I’m grateful for today:
- My love of writing
- A warm day
- Hal The Cat felt better and didn’t throw up last night
- My friends
- Hal (person) my partner of more than 22 years now