These days we hear a lot about Cosmic Ordering, The Secret, the Law of Attraction and the fact that like attracts like. If this were true then surely it would benefit all of us to learn how to live our lives a little more positively. And even if it’s not true – what have we got to lose by becoming at least a little more positive in our daily lives? Surely our lives would be more pleasurable if we lived this way. So, with this in mind, here are a few handy ‘tips and hits’ to help you to live your life in a more upbeat and optimistic way.
So we move to Buddhist meditation. Firstly it is important to say that many people meditate and that there are many forms of meditation. We shouldn’t get hung up on the particularly label ‘Buddhist’. However, Buddhist meditation has had around 2500 years to develop and mature and what has come out is a well structured approach. Let me first remove a preconception. Meditation is certainly not about learning to control your mind. If you set out to control your mind you will fail at the first fence. The mind is like a rough sea. The thoughts, ideas and emotions go crashing around on the surface. When we meditate we are striving to understand and listen to the cool calm blue waters underneath this chaotic surface.
Initially you can practice this meditation for a period of 10 minutes. As you gain experience, you can extend the period up to 20 minutes. You should sit for meditation groups baltimore at the time when distractions are minimum preferably in the early morning. However there are some people who would love to meditate in the evening as well.
And now my eyes are closed and I slowly open them in Huxley (a wonderful large space) each of us dance and move uniquely in our own way. Gentle coaxing and suggestions from Cynthia. I am aware of my breath. Stomach relaxed.
Let’s consider your brain for a moment. It contains 100,000 miles of blood vessels and one hundred billion neurons that are capable of conducting ten quadrillion computations per second. Your brain comprises only 1-2% of your total body weight, but consumes 20% of the oxygen you breath, 25% of your blood flow and 30% of your water intake. With such a super computer inside of us, we should all be geniuses, but we only use a small portion of our brains. In fact your conscious mind (That’s the part that is reading this article) only controls between 2 – 4% of your perception and behavior. 96 – 98% is controlled by your sub-conscious mind.
Mental imagery can also work well to help us be more positive. Create a picture in your mind of you looking your best and living your ideal life. And make it a habit to think about it often, especially at the beginning and end of each day. Okay, so you’re maybe not living your ideal life right now, but it’s something to aspire to isn’t it?
Finally, let me give you a warning. Through this article I have kept re-stating that both disciplines require practice. Many years of practice. However, when you do reach the point where you start to experience the benefits discussed, I can almost guarantee that you will have forgotten why you set out on this journey in the first place. Like me, you will have discovered the deep joy in both the arts and you will probably not really care about the benefits they are delivering. T’ai Chi will be in your body and your soul and meditation will be changing you whole perception of the world around you and the way you work with others. So be warned, T’ai Chi and Buddhist meditation are real journeys, not to be taken lightly.