In today’s day and age, with technology racing by at the speed of light, our conscious and subconscious mind has been programmed to overachieve. Our inner mind chatter has manifested into this constant dialogue that never ceases to end. How many thoughts are racing through your mind while you’re driving in the car, and how many negative thoughts are you having about the other people on the road? We’ve been so wrapped up in our heads that our best friend has become the ego, who is happily manning the ship!
Meditation is something that I practice on a daily basis, even if it’s only for 5 or 10 minutes. It doesn’t have to be so difficult either. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph. D., founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center is a wonderful person and advocate of meditation. I’ve listened to his tapes and read his books, and in his messages, he explains that the fastest way to quiet the mind is simply to concentrate on the breath. It’s true! One of the best ways I’ve found to begin and learn to meditate is to relax, and concentrate on your breathing. Carmen Harra, who wrote the book “Everyday Karma,” is a wonderful person, true friend, and an inspiration. She talks about the breath:
“The breath is a powerful tool…it creates a bridge between the subconscious and conscious mind, and connects the mind and the body. When you sit and breathe deeply, your physiology will change, and both your mind and your body will relax and become open. Breathing helps clear your head of the thoughts of the emotions and ego, and it allows you to get closer to your true self.”2