Often our minds are stuck in either what happened in the past or what might happen in the future. This is the root of all anxiety and depression. If we can manage to get ourselves back to the present moment, these problems will no longer have control over us.
Meditation has been used for centuries to do just that. The idea behind it is simple, if we can close our eyes and focus on our breathing. We will notice that nearly all of our problems come from our thoughts. If we can temporarily notice the constant stream of thoughts that pass through our minds, we can cease to let them have control over us. The aim is to watch our thoughts come and go without feeling the need to let them drag us along for the ride.
We often forget that the past and the future doesn’t even exist but is just a concept our minds have come up with. The only thing we can truly experience is the present and meditation can help us do just that. It gives us the ability to enjoy any situation we are in without feeling the need to change anything.
The great thing about meditation is that we can do it anywhere. It doesn’t matter if our surroundings are noisy or there are a lot of people around, all we need to do is focus on one thing, whether it be our breathing or the noises of the cars outside. Anything that focuses on the senses of hearing, seeing, smelling, feeling and tasting will bring us back to the present.
If you’re new to meditation I’d recommend trying out a guided meditation app like Headspace. It just takes 10 minutes a day and you will undoubtedly notice that after a few days, you are feeling much calmer and happier.
“When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.”
– Donna Quesada