Meditation is a great way to escape the grind of daily life. It has both mental and physical benefits, including reducing stress, lowering blood pressure, and getting you more in tune with your body. It can even boost your immune system! Here are some ways to achieve stillness.
Finding time to meditate is getting more and more challenging each day. But stillness helps to calm and tame the weary mind. Nature is one of the places that immediately brings us in tune with harmony and a deeper sense of place, peace and purpose. By tuning into an image or sounds, even if we can’t immediately access natural places, the mind can take us back to the silence and peace instantly.
Morning Lake Meditation
Have you ever seen a lake at sunrise? It’s very often still like a mirror. Before jumping out of bed, imagine sitting by a lake. No ripples or waves appear. The dawn sky is perfectly reflected in the stillness. This is the nature of the mind at rest. Still, pure and capable of reflecting the light and beauty around it. The easiest time to access this pure stillness is in the early hours of the day before the rush.
Birds At Dawn Reflections
Birds seem happiest and most active at dawn. They awaken with energy and celebrate the divine. They express their joy and excitement at the birth of a new day by singing and chirping for no reason except that they are content to be alive. Their nature is to be happy. Imagine the cardinals, robins, sparrows and other birds you love. Tune into their love of life as they awaken at dawn and allow their nature to inspire you to start the day with the same joy.
Sunset Pause for Peace
Sunsets attract crowds because of their spectacular displays. They give a moment to pause and watch the world turn from light to dark. It’s a moment to notice the movement of the day, to check in, to become quiet and slow down during the period of transition. It’s especially a time to notice the beauty and harmony of the natural world. In many places where people gather to watch the sunset together, a natural stillness and silence set in as the sun moves into the sea or below the horizon. This quiet space offers a time to reflect on the goodness of the day and be fully in the beauty of the moment.
The light of stars can only be seen by the human eye at night. They take us out of our small worlds and remind us that we’re a tiny fraction of something big, cosmic and Divine. The way they pass through the sky with order and grace gives confidence that something purposeful and very wise is guiding the movements of each individual thing in the universe. Contemplate a star and its origin. The mystery and magic of it are awe-inspiring. Your life, your coming into being is no less of a miracle to recognize and celebrate.