Monday, May 22, 2017

Last Monday I began a series on worry. In my first post I talked about how taking action can help with worry. If you missed that post you can catch up here

We all worry from time to time, and although not all worry is 100% bad if it leads us to figure out a solution, but it can become a real problem when we let it take over our lives.

One of the things in my worry toolbox is meditation.

Many people have the misconception that meditation is shutting down the mind. Meditation is a calming of the mind while remaining alert, and it is through this calming that we find peace of mind.  

Meditation works very well for worry because it allows you to focus on the present moment rather than dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. 

There are different techniques for meditating, and I think finding the one that works best for you is what is most important. 

Sometimes I find that I like a guided meditation, while other times I just like to sit quietly with nothing to distract me. 

I use certain mantras when I meditate. The basic Om mantra is an easy and effective mantra. I used it a lot when I first began to meditate because to be honest I would forget a more complicated mantra and then I would worry that I wasn't doing it right. See how easy it is to worry. 

The point is, is meditation is supposed to take worry away. So in my opinion, if it is calming you, then how can you be doing it wrong. 

If you have never tried meditation there are plenty of ways to get started. You Tube has plenty of guided meditations and music for meditation. There are also books and Google has a lot of information.

Do you meditate? I would love to hear about your meditation practice.

P.S. Thanks for all of your kind comments about my knee. The doctor called this morning and I don't have an infection. Thank goodness. I don't have a definitive diagnosis so I am going with my theory of a sprain and will continue to rest it as much as possible while meditating. 

P.P.S. There is more Inspiration On A Monday here.
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  1. Laura, My sister sure could use some meditation...only she would worry if she were doing it right. I know we all worry...but honestly there are some things that we can not change ever. So I pray lots. It helps. I think journaling is so good for others. My meditation is just watching the clouds. Wishing you well . Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. I don't formally meditate, I guess. I do some things to clear my mind, of everything! So important, I think.

  3. I have not tried meditation but I probably should. A friend of mine has and it changed his life. Hugs!

  4. Hi Laura. Glad your knee is better. I love meditating. It's very relaxing. It's always good to get in touch with our inner selves. Wishing you peace...Susan

  5. I should meditate more than I do, but I do yoga stretching twice per day, every day, and that calms me.

  6. I used to meditate alot when I had alot of anxiety problems and anxiety attacks (that ended me up in the hospital). I would just try to clear my mind and repeat calming words to myself, such as "serenity now".... "calm, relax, peace, serenity"... use the OM hum and repeat "relax" over and over again. At least it cleared my mind and would usually help me to get to sleep at night. The best thing I've EVER found for worry, anxiety, fears, nervousness, etc. is EFT or medium tapping. Love it so much and I still use it to calm me down if I'm feeling nervous, anxious (about the dentist!)... etc. It is a form of meditation I feel, as it is some self talk and some tapping in the energy areas of the body. It is SO HARD for me sometimes to clear my mind of the hundreds of thoughts and ideas racing around in my head. EFT (emotional freedom techniques) does wonders for me. There are books and DVD's on it and it's pretty amazing.

  7. Calligraphy is amazing.Almost free and I do a little every day.I take classes once or twice each week.


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