There are many ways to meditate from simple mindfulness to elaborate guided meditations. You choose.
Mindfulness is simply taking your mind off of things for a while. It doesn't have to be complicated. Consider it as just a few minutes out of your day to gain your balance, get fresh perspective, and give yourself a break from any overwhelm you may be experiencing. See Mindfulness.
Getting in Touch with My Senses Meditation
Get quiet wherever you are and truly take a look around you. Look into the distance, at the ground, to the left, to the right, behind you, over your head. Then, close your eyes and pay attention to what you hear (cards, music, birds, kids, a dark barking?), what you smell (food, cologne, flowers, fresh air, old books?), what you feel (what you are sitting or standing on and how warm or cool it is and what you sense about your physical level of tension or relaxation). Relax any area of your body that feels tense. When you are ready, take a deep breath or two, open your eyes and come back to the task at hand.
Going Away in My Mind Meditation
Find a quiet moment. Close your eyes. Take a couple of relaxing breaths. Now, go somewhere in your mind to a place or a person that makes you feel happy or safe or alive or loved or whatever it is you want to feel. Where are you? Who are you with? What's happening? What do you see? What do you hear? Do you hear soft music, the sound of the waves, nothing? What do you feel physically? Is the sun warm on your skin or a soft blanket wrapped around your shoulders? Are your eating or drinking something? What does it taste like? Truly be there. Don't just see it. Live it. Feel it. Be it. Whenever you are ready, open your eyes, take a few relaxing breaths and come back to the physical world.
Deep Breathing Meditation
Sit in a Pharaoh or Egyptian god posture on a straight-backed chair with your back straight, palms flat on your thighs and your feet flat on the floor.
Close your eyes, breathe naturally and inhale to the count of of 4 and hold your breathe for the count of 4. Without straining, exhale to a count of 4 and hold your breath for a count of 4. This is one breath cycle. Repeat this cycle (inhale to 4, hold 4, exhale 4 and hold 4) while focusing on your Solar Plexus (your upper tummy just below your breast bone. This is where your inner light resides, your sun. Feel the warmth of your inner sun spreading from your Solar Plexus throughout the rest of your body.
Calming benefits are immediate while it can take up to 6 weeks to experience a profound meditative state.
Color Gazing & Color Meditations
Color gazing is just that. It is simply the act of staring at a color and drinking up your fill, until you feel satisfied or are no longer interested.
You'll find you are automatically drawn to the color that you most need to balance the energies of your electromagnetic energy field, your aura.
Color meditations you are a bit different. You're actually focusing on a color in your mind while meditating on particular thought or feeling. Guided color meditations are provided for you in my e-book, The Aura Energy Self-Test & Aura Color Personality Reports for HSPs.
For ideas on creating your own personal prayer alter or space, see Spirituality.
About the Author
Mari Joanne' Dionne is an AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner of Natural Healing, NLP Certified Life Coach, and Highly Sensitive Person. Read more...
Old World Forgotten Health Terms
Fish-Whole ~ as sound as a fish or healthy
Accoucheur ~ a male mid-wife
Kingsevil ~ a disease or swelling of the cervical lymph nodes
Valitudinary ~ subject to sickness; crazy
Chime-Child ~ a child born on Sunday who was immune to witchcraft, could see ghosts, and was a natural healer
Periblepsis ~ a delirious stare of the eyes
Wormland ~ a churchyard
Green-Sickness ~ a disease incident to virgins; sickly paleness, with green tint of complexion
Tissek or Tissicky Cough ~ a tickling faint cough
Multiplying Medicine ~ an elixer of the alchemists, used in making and multiplying gold
Peat-Reek-Whisky ~ highland whiskey, distilled over peat fires
Belly-Brussen ~ a distended stomach or having a protuberant stomach
Oint ~ to smear with an unctuous substance (usually having to do with painting or disguising something)
Farbed-Up ~ confused
Nyctobasis ~ Somnambulism; to walk in one's sleep
Roozles ~ wretchedness of mind and body
Coolth ~ coolness (opposite of warmth)
Pharmacopolist ~ an apothecary
Laver ~ to wash (before dinner)
Gothicism ~ to be rude or rudeness
Desuetude ~ lack of use
Splay the Bream ~ to cut up that fish
Doctor of Skill ~ a physician
Pimpish ~ dainty in the matter of food (taking in small quantities)
Dendranthoplology ~ the theory that man sprang from trees
Fash ~ care, trouble, anxiety, as in "do not fash yerself."
Satisfy Colon ~ to satisfy one's hunger
Neurasthenia ~ debility or impairment of the nerves
Trollibags ~ the intestines
Cothish ~ faint, sickly, ailing
Fogo ~ a disagreeable stink or smell
With Squirrel ~ pregnant
Pottinger ~ a cook, apothecary, druggist (Scotland)
Pomster ~ a quack doctor; to treat illness without knowledge or skill
Bleflummery ~ vain imaginings
Venefice ~ a practice of poisoning
Weaponsalve ~ a salve that was supposed to cure the wound by applying it to the weapon that caused it
Overset ~ to recover from mental shock
Fordolked ~ wounded
Witchify ~ to bewitch
Wamblecropped ~ humiliated
Naufrage ~ shipwreck
Peffle ~ in a nervous state
Measondue ~ a hospital or poor house
Dead-Nip ~ a blue mark on the body not caused by an injury or any known cause...sometimes called a witch's nip
Sadly On ~ expressing that a person is ill or in a bad way
Whirligigs or Tallywags ~ testicles
Betwattled ~ to be surprised, confounded, out of one’s senses
Blind Cupid ~ the backside
Bone Box ~ the mouth
Dicked in the Nob ~ silly, crazed
Head Rails ~ teeth
Hickey ~ tipsy, hiccupping
Knowledge box ~ a term for the head