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Finding the Peace, Quiet, & Joy Within ~ Part I
Posted by on 30 November, 2007

Lyn Elizabeth Ayre, Ph.D.In our fast paced modern world the luxury of "down time" for reflection, meditation, or just turn off the outside world for a while is becomeing increasingly difficult. Here are some strategies that may help you.

Used to be..

It used to be that, at the end of the day, there was time for reflection. We had the opportunity to sort through the day just lived. There was ample time to think things through, make up our mind, discover who we are and what we want, make plans, fantasize, dream, and imagine. Candle light or gas-light just added to the mystery that was life creating a gauzy, foggy atmosphere.

With our current technology, we can reach out and touch someone 24/7. We are never turned to the off position. No matter what your preference as an .early riser・ or a "night owl", there is always something you can do. As "human-be-ings".

We are seldom out of touch with the ones we love. We can be contacted via our telephone, fax line, pager, instant messenger, cell phone, email, snail mail, and web cam. Those moments in the car, in the bathroom, shopping, eating, in the movies, at the massage therapists, and at a friend´s house were once great times to reconnect with ourselves in thoughtfulness. They are now constantly punctuated with varying sounds from Beethoven・s Fifth to Girls Just Wanna Have Fun and every imaginable bleeping sound in between. Days of connecting to the .people on the street・ or in the supermarket are a thing of the past.

Meditation can allow us to find some balance and harmony within and smooth the transitions of life. By turning everything off and taking time to sit still and be with ourselves, we can renew and recharge our batteries. You and your loved ones, indeed, humanity itself, are the ones who will reap the reward of spending as little as 30 minutes a day with yourself.

Some of the key benefits of daily meditation are: finding peace within and the clarity that comes with that; knowing that our actions are in harmony with who we are; connecting with our truth; and keeping our connection to the Source open and flowing. Grounding to Gaia and taking our place in life on this planet. Meditation reduces pain, and gives us the ability to handle the usual stresses of life. It offers increased mental focus, and an improved immune system. There are a few other .side-effects・ that you will notice after you have practiced for a while.

Since these previously imposed quiet times are not forced upon us today, we need to use self-discipline to carve out our own meditation routine. When we find the time, what do we do then? Do anything that makes you feel connected to the true you: sing, do art, do music, do exercise, breathe deeply, slow down your breathing, meditate, pray, write in your journal, focus on an object, think through a question or issue you would like clarity on, or just sit and be. Mindfulness is the keyword; bringing all of your attention into the moment and creating a soothing NOW (Notice Only What´s in front of you) in your life.

To the quiet, and make it quick!

Follow your breathing. This is something that you can do anywhere, anytime. You can do this with your eyes open or closed but it is better with your eyes closed as that helps to reduce brain chatter. In less than a minute, you can be in a calm, centred space. All you have to do is start paying attention to your breathing. This is a built in talent that most of us don・t use, probably because we never thought of it. Just slow down and breathe slowly two or three times. It works!

Twelve ways to build the peace, quiet, and joy into your life:

1. Get up earlier or stay up later

These are what I refer to as bonus times. Everyone is still asleep, all the radios, computers, and TV・s are off or not yet turned on, and the energy of the house has changed and settled down. When our space is quiet, it is easier for us to be quiet.

2. Use your time in the bathroom

You・re sitting there anyway. Why not use this time throughout the day to centre yourself? Make this time inviolate. When you are in the bathroom, no one must disturb you for any reason unless it is a dire emergency. Keep some uplifting/spiritual/religious books handy for reading. Say your prayers, if you wish. Meditate, light a candle, and burn some incense. Did you know that .The Thinker・ statue was originally seated in the bathroom until they moved him to Paris, France? (smile broadly)

3. Listen to soothing music you love

Really listen. Follow the music and allow yourself to move within it. There are numerous CD・s with quality sound to entrance you. Begin by breathing deeply two or three times, relax your body, then, go into the music, become the notes, or follow one instrument only. When it is not playing, simply rest for a moment. Find the many other ways you can enjoy your selection.

This article will be continued in our next issue

About Lyn Elizabeth Ayre, Ph.D.

Lyn is a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner with a Ph. D. in Energy Healing. She is available for talks, demonstrations, and workshops for your company. For more information see....

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