Meditation

Meditation is amazing and each day I start with between 10 - 20 minutes. The chattering voices have calmed down and I am now aware when I am going through a stressful situation and so can make it less stressful.

I have not missed a single day since I started at the Penny Brohn Centre back in the autumn of 2009. Not because I feel I have to but because I want to.
There are many ways to meditate and none of them are wrong. The way I do it is to either sit on the meditation stool my Dad made for me one Christmas or lying on the floor in a position recommended to me by Eddie, a sports therapist I met at the Obsidian Retreat. A book is placed under the head with your legs bent, feet hip width apart. When you are lying comfortably lift your head so that your chin is pointing down to your chest and lift you hips a little to extend the lower spin. This position is based on an exercise from the Alexander Technique. I love doing two jobs at once!

I then close my eyes and inhale deeply through my nose and exhale through my mouth. I do this twice. To me it signals that my meditation is about to start. I then check in with my body and see if any particular part feels different to normal. Once I have done this I bring my thoughts to my breath and at this point thoughts start to pop into my mind but I just let them float away like a cloud. Sometimes it is much easier to have a clear mind but at others the thoughts come at an amazing speed. Each time I bring my mind back to my breath. This might happen a 100 times or more but it doesn't matter. Nothing is right or wrong. I seem to have an inbuilt clock and after the length of time I have, I take in two more breaths through the nose and out of the mouth to signal to my body that the meditation is over. This is usually between 10 and 20 minutes.

Some great ideas come to you when you meditate - creating this website was one!