I've intended to try meditation for many years, wanting to achieve the peace & enlightenment that it's meant to bring.
I read books but felt that I wasn't 'doing it right', the thoughts kept coming and I assumed it was me not practicing the meditation properly.
Having discovered 'Headspace.com' after a client recommended it to me, I tried it, and it worked! Andy's step by step tuition really helps to take the mystery out of it and you increase the time spent so are not overwhelmed.
The trick is - you can't stop thoughts, but can slow the pace down, and eventually your mind slows down the rate of thoughts enough for you to achieve some 'space' between them.
By focusing on the breath, you give your attention to something else. Each time your mind drifts back into thought, you 'notice' you are thinking, and return to the breath.
With patience and continuous practice, you can increase the spaces of 'thoughtless-ness'. Its a nice place to be! Suddenly, you find yourself totally in the moment, living, being, breathing in the 'here & now' with nothing on your mind. A feeling of euphoria can be achieved in these moments, but if you chase it, you won't find it. It comes by being immersed in the moment, not in pursuit.
It doesn't always work, sometimes when I practice my mind is too full of thoughts - but I always feel calmer after the practice, my breathing slows, and the thoughts become less intense and fewer. You find that you don't 'sweat the small stuff' so much, and can step outside of a situation and see it for what it is.
I've since completed an 8 week Mindfullness course with http://www.mindfulness-west.com , which has taught me to be even more 'aware', and to bring other methods of relaxation into my practice. It was great to be in a group of people all wanting to achieve a happier, more relaxed and less anxious state of mind. By the end of it, everyone had benefited from the course - I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to learn how to meditate or improve their practice.
I have also attended day courses at the Bhuddist Centre in Cheltenham, not that I am religious, but am curious about meditation in all its forms. The teaching and practice were very insightful and beneficial.
Whatever your level of interest in learning to meditate and gain some peace of mind, the most important thing of all is that you DO IT! Things happen when you do... just keep doing it. It definitely helps, and brings about change in the most subtle of ways.... it really does 'change your mind'.
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