The space between thoughts
March 15, 2017
We live such busy lives. So many choices and plans for this or that. We spend a lot of time in thought. Have you ever noticed the space between your thoughts? That space where your mind is silent. This is what meditation can offer, a break from thought.
Many believe mediation has to be a certain way. We have to sit still and not think. At first this is torture. Coming from busy thought to silence is not very likely. The trick is to make small changes. Small changes add up to big strides. If you tend to ruminate, slow down that cadence with a few deep breaths a few times a day. Like a speed bump in a parking lot, the breath slows you down. Then, set aside just five minutes a day to sit still and breathe into your belly, maybe with your eyes closed. There! You just mediated.
As you progress you will notice as you sit your body will talk to you if you listen to it rather than your mind. First with itches, a desire to reposition and some discomfort here or there. If you feel an ache in your back, breathe into that space. Instead of being frustrated or distracted by the ache, just notice it. Talk to the ache. Send breath there and tell it you have time and patience for it.
Later, after some time with this practice, you will go layer by layer deeper into your body. The body holds valuable information. When you begin to communicate, your body will help you to know yourself on a more intimate level. Everything you have ever experienced is documented in your body. Making time to connect and thank it for all it has done for you and to listen to the emotions being shared is very healing. Everything we attempt to avoid is waiting for us in our body. Ignoring your emotions and body's experience can cause disease, pay attention sooner before it manifests.
“The body holds valuable information. When you begin to communicate, your body will help you to know yourself on a more intimate level. Everything you have ever experienced is documented in your body.”
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During this practice you will find those delicious spaces of no mind, when the mind is quiet and you can just be. A practice of being heals the mind, body and spirit. You will find after time that you begin to crave this time with yourself.
Bridgette DeBoer M.A., is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, marriage and family therapist. She can be reached at 450-6632.