When my mind begins to spin and I start taking in more energy then I am putting out,. This is when I know I need to meditate. However, I am often asked how can you quite your mind among all this crazy? It is about honoring the thoughts coming in, but not acting on them. There are tools to use to help like candles, oils, and there are many really good guided meditations.
Guided meditations can help your brain stay within the context of the meditation. A good meditation goes beyond breath flows but helps you deepen in your thoughts bringing you to a new and more settled place. By taking your mind from one place and sending it to another it will quiet. Second, a guided mediation will give you a theme if you will to be mindful of. For example, courage, relaxation, healing and gratitude. Third, and most important, you feel you are not alone. As the gentleness of the guides voice waxes and wanes in your ears you feel supported and in good company.
I use an app on my phone called Insight Timer. There are many different types of of meditations on this app. There are songs, chants, guided meditations to help you feel and forgive. My favorite is "You are Courage," by Hannah Leatherbury She allows me to breath in my pain and then let in go, take the pain into my heart and then release it, turning it into compassion. Feeling the pain, acknowledge the work in life is hard and to live means to have courage....be courageous.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.