Sometime life throws us a nasty curve ball which for a time leaves you feeling impotent and vulnerable. We’ve all experienced them at some point in our lives, and knowing it happens to others – in whatever form - never quite gives us that strength we are looking for to help us meet the situation head-on.
Yes, I’m sorry, I’m afraid I forgot to post last week because ‘Life’ threw one of its curveballs in my direction. And yes, for a while there, I went into ‘freefall’. Why? Because I forgot to centre myself and concentrate on my breathing to retain and maintain a sense of balance and purpose! In other words, I forgot to meditate on the situation.
How many times does the solution to a problem reveal itself first thing in the morning? During the night, when our consciousness shuts off, our subconscious takes over and often discovers a solution when it has free reign to work uninterrupted by our conscious mind and preconceived conclusions.
Meditation is not a sure-fire way of coming up with the correct solutions to these nasty curveballs, but it does something possibly more important. It reduces your stress, and the consequences stress can have on our health.
So, when you have a moment, and sometimes even when you don’t, meditate. Several what I call one-minute-meditations over a period will be as beneficial as one longer meditation.
Wherever you are, take that moment to concentrate on bringing your breathing back to slow and tranquil. Knowing you are controlling even a small aspect of the negative situation will give you the strength to continue and believe in yourself.
Fear can instil irrationality when clear-headed thinking is called for. But meditation is a tool to use in all and any situations. The only exception is while driving. But even then, there are those who admit to using the wait-time at stop lights to enjoy a one-minute-meditation.
Meditation will not make that nasty situation go away, but it may be the difference between handling and coping with it or letting it take you down completely. Meditation is your friend, so call on it when and where you find yourself in need of one.