Submitted by: Quinn Lewis
Have you chosen to relax today? I had a conversation with a friend a few weeks ago, she told me she “needed to relax.” Ah, yes I replied, “so do I.” And the conversation continued, both of us coming up with the many reasons we needed to relax. Neither of us realizing that relaxation is a choice we can make.
I am constantly working toward meeting some goal I’ve set for myself. You know that list of things to do we all wake up to every morning. Rarely do I add “relax” to my list! But shouldn’t I? Shouldn’t one of the goals I set for myself daily be to work toward serenity?
After asking myself this question I started doing some research on different relaxation techniques. I came across an article on meditation but wanted to quickly dismiss it. I have a 101 and one things flying through my mind at any given moment, I didn’t see how attempting to quiet all those thoughts could be the least bit relaxing.
I gave it a shot though and much to my surprise it was easier than I had imagined. The article called the technique I tried “conscious relaxation.” You start by paying attention to your breathing…inhale deeply, exhale slowly.
The effort to focus completely on breathing took my mind away from the “mind clutter” and left me feeling calm. I found that with repeated effort the goal of clearing my mind – to think of nothing, did occur and the process of meditation took on its own energy. The result was, and I guarantee this, peace, serenity, calmness and eventually opening yourself to new insights.