"When meditation is mastered, the mind is unwavering like the flame of a lamp in a windless place."
It's easy to get caught up in this race we call life. Errands to run, work to do, bills to pay...it never ends. It's when I realize this sad truth that I look at the habits of the ultimate minimalist who is able to lead a simple, stress-free life. Be it Gandhi or Buddha or another spiritual leader, many of them share the same simple habit - Meditate.
Gandhi would meditate daily and spend hours on reflection and prayer. I'll be the first to admit - that kind of dedication isn't in the books for me right now. However, it doesn't take hours to allow the stress to melt away. Depending on how much time you have, it could take as little as five minutes at any time of day. Personally, I like to meditate when the sun is out. I often will meditate to the sounds of nature, or a soothing song. In my opinion, it doesn't matter what setting or sound. What matters is that you are releasing bad energy from the body.
Often times when I meditate, I inhale through my nose and exhale through my mouth. When inhaling through my nose, I imagine a clean, clear stream of fresh air - full of positive qualities and good energy. This has now slowly entered my body through a strong and prolonged nasal inhalation. I give my body a second to appreciate and welcome this new energy.
Upon exhaling through my mouth, I imagine that the good energy is "cleaning things out". The stream of strong air that I exhale is full of the negative energy, the stress, and the bad thoughts that you want to melt away. I continue this cycle of cleaning my body and ridding it of what I call "toxins", until I feel refreshed and full of positive, clean, energy and thought. My mind is clear, and I am ready to take on whatever life has to offer.
When you find yourself in the clutter of life, try meditating, if only for five minutes. Practice meditation in your own special way that works for you. When you meditate, you understand the "simple" peace that life has to offer...you just have to find it for yourself.
"A racing mind that react sensitively to little things indicates thinking that has lost its spiritual strength. Meditation restores that power."