We are now approaching the fast-paced holiday season! Although it is a wonderful time to share with friends and family, it can also be hectic and demanding. Sometimes we just need to step away from all the noise and turmoil of life and quiet our busy mind. Practicing mindfulness meditation is a great way to bring calmness and centeredness to the churning rapids of our lives. What is mindfulness meditation? It is an exercise of focusing on the present moment and not allowing outside thoughts to creep in, like what is for dinner tonight? Meditation is also about proper breathing. That is why guided meditation encourages concentration on your breath which helps keep your mind from wandering.
While meditating try stepping away from yourself like a silent observer and just concentrate on your breathing—slowly in—slowly out. Sense the quiet spaces. Do you like yourself in these quiet spaces? Are you okay with you for company? Get alone with you—come apart and get some rest. You may have had a friend or family member try and counsel you at some stage of your life. Their advice might be to try and get your mind off your problems by doing something constructive and stop focusing on everything that is wrong in your life or health. It is good advice and if you really could step away from yourself and look back, what might you see? Often we are too close to the problem and that is all we can see. As acceptance of yourself and your life expands to create more space for life—the focus is turned outward instead of being self-absorbed.
Meditation is a great way to hone your intuitive skills because it quiets the mind and wakes up your intuition. Some have a more developed intuitive power than others. Many have expressed finding answers to issues in their lives through mindfulness meditation. I have found that over focusing on a question or problem can stifle intuition. However, relaxing my mind through meditation seems to free my intuition to provide the answers I am looking for. Meditation is the perfect way to take a break and relax.