A Quiet Meditation
Many who come along to the studio are interested in meditation; how to meditate and what meditation to practice. Well, the first thing is that Tai Chi and Chi Kung are meditation practices – Tai Chi is often referred to as ‘Meditation in Movement’ although I believe this rather over simplifies the art.
One of the things you hear a lot about is being in the ‘now’ - the present moment, and this is one of the hardest things for us to do because every waking moment we have thoughts going through our minds about what has passed or what is going to happen but we never actually spend any time in the present moment – so here is a meditation that I use quite frequently and one you might like to try yourself.
Firstly, either sit or lie in a comfortable position – it isn’t necessary to sit cross legged because you will find you quickly become uncomfortably if you are not used to that posture. Take a few deep breaths and with every exhalation find yourself relaxing more and more, concentrate on your breath. Next open your eyes and concentrate on what you can see at this present moment (some find it helpful to have a candle or Crystal to concentrate on here). Find yourself completely in the moment and take in all the things that you see; the flickering of the flame or the colours in the Crystal, allow any outside thoughts to just drift straight on through. After spending some time observing move your concentration to what you can hear – once again you will find that you hear many things that you may ordinarily take for granted – a bird song, the rustle of leaves blowing in the wind, you may even hear things that you have never even realised were around before. After a few minutes move on to the sense of taste, touch and smell in exactly the same way lingering in the moment and taking in all the sensations you feel.
At the end of the meditation gently rub your hands together and then gently rub your face and slowly open the eyes and come back to the room. You should feel refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
You may find that you prefer to concentrate on one or two senses rather than go through them all. My preference is to start with a visual and then relax and listen. Often flashes of inspiration can occur during meditation so it is also good to have a notebook at hand so you can jot down anything that may come to you.