Stop, Look, and Listen Your Way to Meditation, by Melissa Leath
Too often we look outside of ourselves for answers. It’s something we are reaching for in the future, or trying to resolve in the past. But the best way to attain resolve is to meditate ‘in the moment.’
I know, that sounds too simplistic. Meditation must be much more intricate than that! There must be more to it. Let’s look at it like this: It can be difficult if you must have it that way. If the only way you can validate meditation is to think of it as being difficult and complex, then by all means, knock yourself out.
But, believe me, resolving your past problems, dealing with potential future situations and de-stressing yourself can all be addressed in such a loving, easy, and simplistic way: That is to stop, look and listen.
Just take a few minutes every day and implement these three techniques into your life and you will be meditating sooner than you thought.
1. Stop. Whatever you are doing, just stop. You may be very rushed or running behind in certain tasks that must be done immediately. If only for a few minutes, just stop. Pay attention to your breathing, become aware of your body and the amazing things it can do. Just be ‘in the present moment’ for a few moments and it will give you so much more time for your tasks.
2. Look. This short meditation technique can be done anywhere you are and anytime of the day. Simply close your eyes for a count of five. Then open your eyes and focus on the first thing you see for a count of five. Close them again, and continue this exercise for a few minutes. Change the area in which you focus, so that you will not be looking at the same object. This will give you so much more insight into your life and perspective in your thoughts.
3. Listen. This is best done outside, but can be just as powerful indoors. Just for a few minutes, pay attention to the sounds and noises around you. Don’t strain, but become aware of the delight that your ears experience. The birds in the tree next to you. The children playing jump rope down the block. The jingle of the bell at the corner store, announcing a new customer. Inside, it could be the ticking of the clock, the furnace turning, the sound of the house settling. These things give you a chance to slow down and appreciate life.
These simplistic techniques can bring peace to your life, give you more time to do things than you ever thought possible and allow you to have insight into the reasons you do the things you do.
To stop, look and listen, if only for a few moments in the day, you will be taking a stand concerning the way you want to maneuver through your world. It says, “I’m taking charge now.”
Rev. Melissa Leath is the Meditation Maven and a personal growth counselor. She is the author of “Meditation, Plain and Simple,” and “The Go-Between: Bridging the Gap.” For a Free mini-course about the ease of meditation, visit her website: Meditation Made Easy For a FREE Spirituality Newsletter, go to 123 Spiritual Growth Or if you would like tons of answers to questions about meditation, visti: *Meditation Warehouse*