Heaven High! How are you doing on this wonderful Friday? I (for one) am excited to start my weekend! But before I go out and enjoy my hobbies and the company of my loved ones, I wanted to talk about meditation.
Yes. It might not sound like it has anything to do with communicating and public speaking but it is actually a vital part of communication. All right, hear me out…
Meditating has a stigma to it.
In western culture, it has a religious connotation and is strictly bonded with cultures like Buddhism. While certain cultures practice it, this of it this way: you probably do too. If you pray at night (or anytime) or if you sit and reflect upon your day, you are doing a little bit of meditating. That being said, there are different ways of meditating and they can all achieve different things.
How Will It Help Me Communicate?
We communicate best when we are balanced. When we feel balanced, we’re not overly worried about one aspect of our lives when we are in the midst of another. For example, if you are balanced in your personal and professional life, you won’t be overly worried about what’s going on at work when you are at home. Meditation can help you achieve that balance by letting you hit the pause button which will help you put everything in perspective. That’s not all. though. This short Healing Power of Meditation article says that simple breathing exercises can even help:
- Every cell becomes fully oxygenated and flooded with new life
- It flushes out negative emotions from the body
- It releases tensions, frustrations and anger
- It clears anxiety, depression and lethargy
- It gives relief to both the mind and body
Breathing and meditation, who would have thought?
Basic Meditation is Like Ice Cream…
Clear a little bit of time out of your day. At minimum, it could be fifteen minutes but I strongly suggest at least a half an hour. It can be at the beginning of your day or at the end of your day. Find some place that’s comfortable. Make sure that you aren’t wearing clothes that are too restrictive. You can diffuse some calming essential oils or incense if that would help. You can even play some soft classical music (something without lyrics). Find a nice place to sit and close your eyes. Picture a place that makes you feel calm and happy. Stay there for a little while.
Now try to really feel each of your five senses.
You can experience them in this place or in the room that you are currently in.
How does the ground feel underneath you?
What does the room smell like?
Can you taste anything?
What do you hear?
It can be as simple as that.
If you can’t fathom sitting still and doing nothing for a half an hour, then instead of meditating this way, why not do some journaling or reflect on your day? You can sit back with a warm cup of tea, your favorite chair, and a nice quiet atmosphere.
So how is meditation like ice cream? Some people rush through it and get the minimum amount of pleasure out of it. Sure, it tasted great but I got a little bit of a brain freeze. The best way to enjoy both meditation and ice cream is to sit down and really savor it. Feel the sensations: the cold feeling of it going down your throat, the sweet taste on your tongue, etc. etc. The same goes for meditating. Really sit down and enjoy it. Also don’t be afraid to REALLY get into it…
Why not do some meditating this weekend to help you unwind? Turn it into a ritual to help you turn that switch off from work to play.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!