Looking at life going forward and inward may result in seeing a better future
While it is common to look at your life in review as I wrote in an earlier post it is important not to do so with regret. Which is a thing too many of us do as we get older. Looking back needs only a glance to remember the good things and experiences we had. Yet when we look back at the things that we feel were not good or bad experiences we dwell on them. That must be why they say happiness is a fleeting thing.
It doesn’t have to be! You can make it last when you resolved to hold dear the good and shed the bad. This is one of the benefits of meditation. I will be the first to admit am not great at meditation, or so I thought because my mind is constantly jumping from this, to that, and to another thought. Keeping my mind still seems an impossible task. But I have learned there are different types of meditation and if you have the same concern I had, I would encourage you to check out the options.
Researching the benefits of meditation I learned that it can
Help you to leave fear, anxiety and worry behind
Help to Harness your creative imagination
Help at any time of the day to renew your energy and spirit.
So why am I writing about meditation when the topic is about reflection? It is because if you find yourself reflecting too often on the bad things in your past you might find meditation helpful. It may help your to get beyond those thoughts of regret and move you forward to the good thoughts of your future.
During my research, I discovered that there are many, many different types of meditation. I have not looked at them all in depth, but have settled on one particular type that fits more with my view of life and what I write about. It is called Mindfulness.
Here is a brief description:
Mindfulness is a Buddhist tradition. The Buddhist term sati translates to ‘mindfulness’ and breathes life into the practice. Practicing mindfulness is helpful in understanding natural wisdom (which I believe we all possess). It is all about acknowledging reality by letting the mind wander, accepting any thoughts that come up, and understanding the present.
The practice is done by sitting with eyes closed, crossed legs (something I can not do so I improvise), the back straight, and attention placed on breathing in and out. For the period of meditation varies from individual to individual and focuses on his or her breathing, and when wandering thoughts (of which I have many) emerge, you simply return to focusing on the object of meditation, breathing.
What made me focus on this type was learning that research found that a regimen of mindfulness can reduce anxiety, depression, and perceived distress.
These 3 issues are so common for all of us as we get older I felt that perhaps learning the mindfulness technique of meditation would be useful to not only me but my readers as well.