I decided this year that I would attempt to improve my meditation practice, as I felt that towards the end of 2015, I had began to neglect the time that I was giving to myself to zone out from the outside world and into the bliss and wonder of my inside world.
So at the start of the year I set an intention to meditate every single day for 2016. This is my personal goal, to spend some time each day where I allow my personal practice of meditation to develop beyond what it has been, but to mainly allow myself to feel the benefits of a long soothing, healing and most definitely calming breath.
So as I write this post I’m currently 19 days into my #meditationeverydamnday practice and so far I feel confident enough to say that this is probably going to be one of the best years of my life.
Why you may ask? Well it’s not all about the money, the goals, the work, and building and expanding the dream. I feel that life is a journey about learning, exploring and most importantly living. As I assume my position whether I’m sat like a Buddha, or with my feet grounding down into the earth I feel committed to myself, to my mind and my body and to my life, and that I’m giving myself the time to simply just be. There is no better place or space than between the gap between the inhale and the exhale where true peace, clarity, harmony, truth, understanding, acceptance, love, forgiveness whatever you are searching for, longing for or escaping from, can be. It’s in that magical, sweet soothing gap that all becomes ‘ok’, where you can detach and let go and feel re-aligned and re-connected with your truer, wiser self. So maybe that’s why I go there, why I choose to make time for me, or why I feel that the gap between each breath is the doorway to my soul.
As I breath deeper into my lungs and travel further closer to the doorway that is so distant from my thoughts, my fears, my goals, my dreams, my life, I feel comforted by the sound and the flow of my breath that allows my mind and body to unite together into the love, harmony and most favourably the peace and light of my soul. Nineteen days of mind space and soul connecting have allowed me to really feel the calming shifts that a simple deep breath can create in one’s life. The ‘act’ of meditating is more of a healthy, desirable ‘habit’ as the pattern that is formed in my mind to receive the benefits of being so still feels so natural, as my mind and body remind me gently that it is in my power to go to a place of pure potentiality as I choose to mind the ‘gap’.
The art piece above of the Queen in Shoreditch struck me for a number of reasons. Firstly I felt pleased that the ‘sign’ to ‘go there’ to ‘journey’ within and to ‘explore’ was in such a prominent position for people of various traffic forms to be given a gentle reminder of the wonders and mysteries of meditation. It was the London underground feature of ‘mind the gap’ which really resonated with me as for me personally it is the ‘gap’ between the breaths that is the most soothing, comforting and rewarding part of meditation. I love how the Queens head cover ‘the’ so we are left with Mind – Gap and that’s exactly where you should direct your mind and your focus into the space, the gap that is between the breath.
So whether you’re starting meditation, looking to develop a practice or trying to relax and quieten your mind, my main tip for you is to simply ‘mind the gap’.
- Turn off all distractions
- Give yourself time to breathe
- 15 minutes minimum of your day or longer
- Breathe slowly and deeply
- Focus only on your breath
- When your mind wonders – return to your breath
- Remain calm
- Find the gap
- Mind the Gap
- Become the Gap
Challenge yourself to start meditating each and everyday.
Give yourself time and space to go on a personal journey where only you will experience your personal benefits of meditating. Meditation is individual for each person and whether you’re chanting, breathing, visualising or being guided with your thoughts, you will definitely feel the long term benefits as you transform your inner world, which in time will help transform your outer world in ways that you can only dream of. Start today. #meditationeverydamnday