Calm Mind Meditation


Published:

I am often asked why I mediate and my answer has remained the same since I began in the 1970’s. I meditate because it works to calm my mind. The meditation I do entails learning to quiet the mind by focusing first on the inhale and then on the exhale, slowly repeating the mantra calm.

Learning to regulate and calm oneself is that simple, but not always easy to do. It is simple because you always have your breath with you, and it is not easy because of all of the excuses — too busy, no time, no quiet place, or I forgot. Think of this practice as your daily spiritual vitamin, something you take every day to feel healthy.

Many people have the same frustration starting out; their minds wander and their thoughts take over. I completely understand because even after thirty years of practice I still have similar experiences. It helps to remember that meditation is a practice, and like anything else, if you don’t practice, you will not develop the habit or expertise. While we cannot always choose what our minds think about, we can choose to make time to practice meditation daily.

Try using a polished stone to serve as a reminder to mediate. Place it where it will be seen first thing in the morning — maybe near your toothbrush, your coffee or tea cup. When you see the stone you will remember to meditate. Of course you can simply set a reminder on your smart phone or write it in your planner, but then meditation might begin to feel like an obligation or chore. Instead, the stone is a beautiful piece of nature that reminds you of the real intent of meditation — not to endure but to thrive.

Another frustration that people experience is trouble calming down, even when they are following their breath. Many people are not able to relax, and then as each moment passes they begin to feel more anxious about not feeling calm right away. Rather than setting yourself up to fail, start slow. Just aim for 3-5 minutes at first and increase the practice as you become more comfortable with 20 minutes a day. Sometimes one single meditative breath is enough to reset and begin to calm.

Meditation provides a safe place to become quiet and still, and allows us the opportunity to listen to what the mind and body are communicating. So often we forget to listen to ourselves, to trust that inner voice that guides us on life's journey.  Meditation offers a powerful combination of honoring yourself through loving-kindness and the realization that all we yearn to be is inside of us already.

Through a regular practice of meditation, we calm and free our minds and hearts of what we do not need (anger, envy, hatred, sorrow etc.) and thereby create a place in our heart for love, compassion, joy, happiness, and forgiveness. By obtaining present awareness we can recognize the actuality of things, not the story our minds create, thereby achieving a mind and heart that is calm and stable and can remain peaceful if a struggle should arise.

Josette Lumbruno teaches the Calm Mind Meditation to students in CT.

See also:
Busy Is The New Addiction — Hurry Up And Relax!
Speak The Truth, But Not To Punish

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags

Daily Astrology

June 18, 2018

Today’s stars support those “scouts’ among us who prepare for every possible contingency. A waxing Virgo Moon is favorably aspected to Uranus and Saturn, creating a super productive Grand Trine in the heavens. The pragmatic configuration enables and…
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Alternative Health Directory

Browse all listings »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Calendar

June 2018

Join us for a monthly gathering of like-hearted people to give and receive angelic energy healing. This session is a combination of group meditation and discussion, along with working in pairs...

Cost: Scale $5-$20 ($10 suggested)

Where:
Pathway Of Joy
884 Broadway, Suite 12
Upstairs in the Spiritual Renaissance Center building
South Portland, ME  04106
View map »


Sponsor: Pathway Of Joy
Telephone: 207-329-7192
Contact Name: Linda Huitt
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
No Events

8 Week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Course with Erin Woo Tuesdays, May 1 - June 19, 6–8:30 pm *Includes an all day retreat on Saturday, June 9 from 9 am - 4 pm Come explore the...

Cost: $290

Where:
Balance Bethlehem
2087 Main Street
Bethlehem, NH  03574
View map »


Sponsor: Balance Bethlehem
Telephone: 603-869-2125
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

If you are worried about getting Parkinson’s or have beginning symptoms, check out a free intro on how to rewire your brain from the inside. First and third Wednesdays of the month,...

Where:
, MA


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

June 21 - 24, 2018 Healing trauma and installing boundaries. 9am-6pm each day. With Judith Swack, PhD. Learn how to heal PTSD. HBLU™ integrates the best of biomedical science, psychology,...

Where:
Needham, MA


Telephone: 781-444-6940
Website »

More information

Learn from local industry leaders, scientists and experts about innovations in wellness, behavioral change, nutrition, fitness, environmental, societal wellbeing and more. Learn how to start or...

Cost: Free

Where:
CIC Cambridge
One Broadway
Venture Cafe 5th Floor
Cambridge, MA  02142-3104
View map »


Sponsor: CIC Cambridge
Telephone: 617-953-0674
Contact Name: Shakti Rowan
Website »

More information

Energy Healing is an expression of our infinite connection to divine life force and divine imagination. When these divine forces move through us, they bring healing, wisdom, and the ability to...

Cost: $30

Where:
Circles of Wisdom
90 Main Street
Andover, MA  01810
View map »


Sponsor: Circles of Wisdom
Telephone: 978-474-8010
Website »

More information

June 21 - July 1, 2018 Women’s Yoga Retreats in beautiful Rockport, ME. Relax, rejuvenate, rediscover. 3 amazing options: Kundalini Summer Solstice - Jun 21-24 Gentle Yoga - Jun 24-28...

Where:
Rockport, ME


Telephone: 508-990-6795

More information

Third Tuesday of every month! A wonderful way to dilute stress and heal yourself with peace. www.WisdomoftheAges.biz www.Facebook.com/WisdomoftheAgesStore

Cost: $10

Where:
Wisdom of the Ages
Simsbury, CT


Telephone: 860-651-1172
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

With Joseph Carringer Relax, clear out energetic and emotional stagnation and connect with your major energy centers. Joseph provides a meditative journey that reconnects the mind with the...

Cost: $45

Where:
YogaLife Institute of NH
Lower Level
6 Chestnut Street
Exeter, NH  03833
View map »


Sponsor: YogaLife Institute of NH
Telephone: 603-867-3969
Contact Name: Alice Bentley
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit ModuleShow Tags