Easy for some to say, you might be thinking, but the gifts of joy and happiness are available to most of us, regardless of everyday irritations, conflicts and frustrations.
In an earlier newsletter, I wrote about the power of positive thinking and the current wealth of research in this area. The bookshelves of libraries and bookstores now contain many self-help books with various techniques and strategies to facilitate this kind of thinking. Much of the work falls under the category of â€œcognitive behavioralâ€ studies and therapy.
What Iâ€™m recommending, however, is actually simpler than that. This â€œtechniqueâ€ doesn't require your spending money on a self-help book, nor does it require spending a lot of time or energy. Iâ€™m recommending meditation.
The â€œgiftsâ€ of meditation are numerous and may include:
- a sense of joy
- clarity of mind for problem solving
- easing of stress
- health benefits (as we now know it can aid the immune system)
Iâ€™m currently facilitating a group of women who are enthusiastic about the benefits of this new practice in their lives. It has been informative for me, as the â€œteacherâ€ too!
Here is an exercise to get you started. It is very simple. It involves nothing more than just breathing â€“ regular everyday breathing, with a clever twist.