Unpack the mental baggage.


One of the most important things we can do to take care of ourselves, and in turn others, is to mentally “unpack”. Humans get jammed up with the everyday tasks, to do lists, problems and whatever else is taking up space in our heads. In order to function with clarity and walk with more confidence and grace we need to unwind and clear our heads.

Meditation is a wonderful way of doing this. I heard someone recently compare it to when you delete items from your phone or computer and it starts running a lot faster. A brilliant analogy. But, there are many other ways to accomplish this that you may find more effective. I am not that good at mediation. I try to do it for a 10 minutes (even 2 minutes makes a difference) each night but sometimes that doesn’t happen or I just can’t seem to relax enough to get into the zone.

Here are some other ways you can “mentally unpack” that might be helpful:

  1. Yoga. Focusing on different poses and breath work help to get your mind focused.
  2. Read a good novel. This is fairly simple, but getting your mind hooked on an intriguing story can make you forget about life’s problems.
  3. Acupuncture. Many people I’ve spoken to who have trouble with meditation find acupuncture to be a great alternative.
  4. Cooking. Find a recipe that you’ve never tried before and throw yourself into the process of making it.
  5. Exercise. My tried and true method, when all else fails getting in a good workout always makes me feel better about the world.

A great way to start your day happens the night before…

Meditating By The Sea

Meditation is so important to help maintain balance, patience and happiness in our everyday lives. It only takes a few minutes to get some of the benefits. I’ve been meditating for about 5 minutes before bed every night the past few weeks and it has made a huge difference in how I feel in the morning. I feel more energy, less stress and not as much negativity or mental blockage.

If you’re new to the process of meditating here are a few tips:

1) Pay attention to posture. Sit straight up in a chair or on the floor with legs crossed.

2) Eyes open. The inclination is to close our eyes but it’s easier to stay focused when your eyes are open. Pick a spot on the wall and keep your eyes pinned.

3) Pay attention to your breath. Breath in and out slowly, focusing on your breath. When your mind wanders bring it back to the feel and sound of you breathing.

When I meditate I imagine myself in a place like a desert or a forest with no one else around me. I have no needs or wants. I’m not hot or cold, not hungry or thirsty, I have no pain and for that matter no joy. It’s a state of complete peace.

For more tips on how to meditate successfully check out this article from Good Life Zen.

Do you have some tips to add? How often do you meditate and for how long? How does it make you feel?


Hilary Ann Lambert