I’m home in Miami practicing social distancing during this Covid-19 scare. So I thought I’d start sharing some things we can all do while staying home and staying healthy.
We can all use a little peace and clarity in our life at this time. We are stressed, unsure about the future and possibly feel our lives spinning out of control. The best way I have found to stop my mind from spiraling is outdoor meditation. And if you are home with the kids, this is something you can teach the kids to do at a young age. This valuable tool could help them learn to tackle stress at an early age.
I personally like to sit in my yard watching the water in my swimming pool flicker while dancing in the sunlight. But I realize not everyone has a pool, and this meditation can be done while sitting in our yard, sitting on our patio, or even on the balcony. Time spent outdoors can always be a form of meditation when we put our full attention on what we hear, see and smell around us; the sounds of the birds, the wind, the sounds of nature, the smell of fresh cut grass, the scents in the air, or even the chatter of passerby’s.
To make this experience more intense clear your thoughts and allow yourself to experience the sights, sounds and smells without labeling them or becoming mentally involved with them. Notice the tendency of the mind to name and evaluate everything, “Oh, look at the beautiful bird. What kind is it? Is it here all year or where does it go?” When these type of thoughts come up, let them go. Simply experience the colors, shape, sounds, movement of the bird or whatever else you are experiencing. Let it be an experience without attaching meaning to it, or without relating it other experiences.
Notice everything with an open awareness, as if you’d never experienced anything like it before. As always, when the mind wanders and becomes caught up in thought, simply bring it back to the experience of nature without berating it. Simply note your mind began to wander but bring it back to this spot, to the here and now. There’s no magic amount of time, try for 5 minutes and build on this daily. Eventually you will be able to sit in silence for 30 minutes a day.
Meditation is shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, control anxiety, promote emotion health, enhance self awareness, lengthen attention span, may reduce age related loss, and can generate kindness. And in these trying times couldn’t we all use a bit more kindness. Be well. Be kind!
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