Build the muscles of your mind with persistence by choosing the thoughts you want to think
Whenever you find yourself stressing about getting things done or what’s going to happen, try this: be present. Firstly, become present to your emotions, your stress, and then, become present to what you’re doing and where you are. Be present and you may find that it helps you to feel less stressed, more relaxed, and be more effective and productive. Be more present and in the long term, you'll increase your stress resilience, and may even prevent feeling stressed.
When you put the rubbish out for collection, at the same time, put out the rubbish from your mind and heart. Throw out the wasteful thoughts and get rid of all the toxic emotions that have piled up. And, once you've put the rubbish out, don't pick it back up again! Put the rubbish out, and you'll keep your mind and heart clean, and have space for clear thinking and happy emotions.
Do you find that it's not just our mind that's always racing, but our body also continues to race, even when we sit down to take a break? So, the next time you sit down to take a break, scan your body to check how it feels. Observe the body and accept your experience in that moment. And then, slow the racing mind and allow your mind to unwind, and you may find that your body will eventually settle down and rest.
If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed or stressed out, try the following visualisation meditation: Imagine that you are sitting in a lavender field, watching rows of lavender swaying in the breeze, almost looking like a purple sea..... As you inhale deeply and exhale slowly, release any lingering stress and absorb the calming fragrance of the lavender, letting it soothe and relax you….
Changing our clothes before going to bed is a simple ritual that helps us to disengage from the day. To disengage your mind from the day and sleep better, try this simple exercise as you get ready for bed: - Put aside all that is ongoing and unresolved for the next day - Remove any stress from the day and let go of the day
There are always problems! View problems as problems, and you make the experience more difficult and stressful than it has to be. How about training your mind to reframe problems as possibilities? Reframe and you'll make problems less intimidating and turn problems into opportunities for growth and success.
To cool down the body and mind, try this meditation: Imagine swimming in an outdoor pool, overlooking the mountains. As you float weightlessly in the soothing, cool water, let the tension, fatigue and all your thoughts get washed away. As your mind and body cool down, feel a sense of calm being restored.
When you're flying a kite, sometimes you pull on the string and sometimes you let go of the string. Similarly, to get the most out of your mind, sometimes let go and let your mind play, and sometimes pull your attention and direct where your mind goes. Harness your mind like a kite. Think uplifting thoughts and let them soar like a kite and colour the sky of your mind.
July is a great time to not only sit outside and enjoy the garden but also to remove weeds and keep everything well-watered. Let's do the same in our life. Acknowledge what's thriving. Weed out any negativity that's not allowing things to bloom. And nurture what’s truly important to us.
What’s better than an event with good company! The one constant company you have is your thoughts. Are you keeping good or bad company of thoughts? To keep good company, a) be mindful of what you’re thinking, b) change any not so good thoughts to positive ones, and c) feed your mind content that’s filled with goodness. Keep the good company of positive thoughts and you'll make every day an event!
Do you prefer meditating in silence or with music? Well, silence is golden. But using music in meditation can be very useful. It can create a soothing mood and also absorb the distractions in the background. You may want to 1) avoid using songs or dramatic classical music, and 2) make a calming music playlist for meditation.
When your thoughts are racing around, you can try to slow the racing thoughts. Or you can just watch the traffic of thoughts pass by from the side of the road. If you get carried away by your thoughts, gently step back and go back to watching your thoughts pass by. Gradually you may find that the traffic in your mind will either a) not bother you anymore or b) clear up.
Whenever your perspective becomes narrow or your mind feels constrained, let your mind become like the sky; stretched from horizon to horizon. Let your thoughts come and go like clouds, resting your awareness in the blue sky of the mind, experiencing the mind to be vast, open and boundless, like the sky. Whenever your mind feels constrained, let your mind become like the sky.
Whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, you can let your mind wander, meditate or do nothing. Or you can jog on the spot, do jumping jacks or do yoga stretches. Or you can drink water, breathe deeply or think of one thing to be grateful for. What will you do while the kettle boils?
If you can’t stop thinking about something, imagine releasing your thoughts like children blowing soap bubbles. Imagine taking a deep breath and breathe out your thoughts through the bubble wand, blowing soap bubbles into the air. Release your thoughts and like bubbles, watch your thoughts float away, and pop and dissolve into the air.
In the heat of a stressful moment, if you can, stop for a few minutes to take a few long, slow, deep breaths. Loosen your jaw, relieve the tension in your neck, allow your shoulders to fall down and back, soften your belly and release the stress. Do this and it will help you put stress into perspective, and handle the situation with a calmer state of mind.
During meditation, most people find that their attention wanders off. This can happen a lot. It's part of the process. So, when your attention wanders, instead of getting frustrated, acknowledge it and then bring your attention back to the meditation. Even if you have to do this more than a few times, every time, gently bring your attention back.
Virtues are the good qualities within each one of us; they’re our personal resources: contentment, determination, generosity, humility, serenity, tolerance…. Spend time with your virtues and get reacquainted. How? Meditate on a virtue. 1. Choose a virtue that interests you or would help you best today. 2. Hold the virtue in your mind. Now, feel it and experience it. 3. And then, be it. Be the embodiment of this virtue.
Bring meditation to your kitchen. How? As you wash and chop, fry and stir, boil and bake.... meditate. Meditate for a minute, and be present and mindful of the sounds, the smells, the textures, the tastes. Be peaceful and happy in the kitchen, and cook with love. Do this and turn cooking into a meditation experience.