In the busy lives we lead today, we spend a lot of time and energy being in an active state, either physically or mentally – a constant state of 'doing'.
We are always looking for the next task we feel we must do: the phone calls we should make; the paperwork we must catch up on; the jobs we have to do, and so on.
This becomes our way of living. We fill our time with business (busy-ness) and forget or even push away our ability to simply 'be'.
We need a time for stillness and peace in order to restore some balance - and some perspective - to our lives.
Meditation is a wonderful way of stopping this headlong momentum of 'doing'. It gives us some time to dwell in a state of deep relaxation. We need to take time to remember who we are.
We can use meditation to balance our minds, to regain clarity and to develop patience. This inner stillness reduces the pressure and busy-ness we associate with the reality of our lives.
The physiological, emotional and mental state we can develop as we practise meditation is the very opposite of the constant 'stress' state in which we normally find ourselves.
Meditation at its heart is really about non-doing. It is about just experiencing a sense of 'BEING'. We are realising how precious the moments we have are right now. By enjoying them fully and living our lives in a more peaceful way, we become MINDFUL.
Script for Formal Relaxation Technique 1
Begin this exercise by sitting or lying at ease, making sure that your spine feels long and that your neck does not feel shortened in any way.
Rest your hands comfortably.
Close your eyes.
You can notice any noises within the room and then just outside the room.
Then focus your attention upon your breath.