Published on February 16th, 2014 | by Margaret Pardoe0
To Lose Weight – Meditate
Stress and the hormonal turmoil that it creates, is for many one of the primary causes of weight gain, and meditation is a way to mitigate that stress.
But – how to meditate??
People get very hung up about “how to meditate”!
And what are you supposed to do when your mind is all over the place whilst you are sitting there trying your hardest to make it stay still?
Well – you are designed to think! But when you find your mind jumping around all over the place, just see each individual thought as a cloud in the sky, and let it float through your mind. So, when you find yourself in the supermarket with a shopping list in the middle of meditating, the trick is to not buy the stuff, drive home and cook it. Instead just let the thought pass through, without attaching to it and turning it into a story…..
I was very lucky – someone told me meditation was easy and I simply believed them….
And the following kind of sums it up for me!
Sleep is the best meditation – Dalai Lama
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It is a way of entering into the quiet that is already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day – Deepak Chopra
Once I was running and there was someone on the treadmill next to me who stopped running to answer a question I asked and flew off the back of the treadmill. Being fully engaged has many benefits – Sakyong Mipham
There are many many ways to meditate, and all are valuable.
But the point is to bring this way of being into your every moment, so that you become a walking, talking, breathing meditation.
This calm, this truth, is your very essence. And, once remembered, can become the natural way to live your life.
Just sitting in silence for a few minutes is a good way to start.
You can gaze into the flame of a candle, or follow your breath gently going in and out.
The following guided meditations by The Journey creator, Brandon Bays, are wonderful meditations for people unused to sitting still and are powerful healing tools.
Chanting is probably my personal favourite way of meditating, and the following are my favourite chants
I particularly like the version of The Gayatri Mantra sung by Deva Premal, which coincidentally is the theme tune to Battlestar Galactica! The Sankskrit works are below along with their translation
Gayatri Mantra words:
Om bhur bhuvah svaha
Tat savitur varenyam
Bhargo devasya dhimahi
Dhiyo yonah prachodayat
Praise to the source of all things.
It is due to you that we attain true happiness on all planes.
It is due to your transcendent nature that you are being worshiped and adored.
Ignite us with your all pervading light.
The Buddhist chant: Om Mani Padme Hum has a similar meaning
From Christianity there is Gregorian chant. Or I particularly like The Lord’s Prayer
Besides chanting I also really like walking in nature as a form of meditation, or even just spending time being in a garden / gardening.
Age is no barrier, with meditation available and attainable for anyone of any age.
If done with mindfulness, just about any activity can become a meditation