Amid this global pandemic with the lockdowns ensued, we are given a rare chance to look inward.
Of course, none of us would wish for this kind of situation, but there is a silver lining. Throughout our lives, time has always been an issue. When it comes to developing a spiritual practice, common excuses such as “I just don’t have enough time” or “I’m just too busy” are no longer viable.
What are we going to do with this time?
One of the wisest things we can choose to do with this downtime is to look inward and cultivate a peaceful mind through the art of meditation. Whether you’ve never meditated before, or have been doing it for years, this is a prime time to deepen your practice.
You can start by devoting 10 minutes of your day to meditation. It’s easy to do. Just follow these steps:
-Sit comfortably in a chair or on the floor. You may also choose to lie down. So long as you’re comfortable, any option works.
-Close your eyes and bring your attention towards your breath. You can start by counting your inhales and exhales.
-You will find that your mind will start wandering, and you will lose count of what breath you’re on. Notice when your mind is wandering. Guide it back to the breath gently and without judgment.
-Continue this practice, and have a timer set for 10 minutes so you can keep track of time without having to think about it.
Over time, you will notice that your thoughts do not stop, but they slow down. In fact, you can never get your mind to stop thinking. The only time when you would completely stop thinking is when you die, and the brain ceases to function.
It is your mind’s nature to think, so trying to get it to stop thinking is trying to make it do something natural.
Meditation is not about stopping the thought process. It is about being conscious of it and attaching from it.
This time is fraught with uncertainty and a certain level of stress. By cultivating a meditative practice it should, you will place yourself in a better position to deal with any problematic situation you face in your lifetime.