I don’t know about you, but I could use a little peace from my thinking, thinking mind. Over the years I have tried on again, off again to begin a meditation practice, it’s all the rage you know and the first time I really heard about a famous person doing it was in a movie called, “What’s Love Got to Do With it”, The story of Tina Turner’s life. She used a daily mantra to get unstuck from an abusive relationship. Since I read, Eat Pray Love, I have been working diligently to bring meditation into my life and I have had some success, but of course I want the gains to come faster and I don’t think that is what meditation is all about.
So this morning as I was trolling the internet for something interesting to write about I found an interesting blog hosted by Karen Salmansohn, she is the author of 29 books, of those I have read none, but I like the title of one mentioned on her site called, “How to Be Happy, Dammit!” I love a snappy title so I clicked around a bit and found an article she wrote, entitled, “Shut Up and Meditate!“, She mentions that she interviewed Rosanne Barr and that Rosanne, go figure, meditates. If you want to read the full article you can click on the link above. I think the best part of the piece was where she gives instructions on using a balloon to begin a meditative practice.
This is what she says to do:
“Blow up a balloon. It taps into the same breathing and concentration methods as meditation. Simply blow into a balloon with 3 breaths, for a total of 3 seconds. Hold the balloon’s little tail, so it doesn’t leak out the air. Then, catch your breath in 3 breaths, for a total of about 3 seconds. Return to the balloon, and blow again for three seconds. Repeat until you’ve blown up the entire balloon.”
I think I am going to try it. She says it gives you the same benefits of the breathing technique used in meditation, which I can imagine just by thinking about how focused you would be on your breath while doing it and I also hope these benefits will assist me in a more focused practice. I have also found another great site where you can play short, (up to 5 minutes) meditations that you can listen to while you sit in front of your computer. It’s called Learning meditation and here’s a link to their meditation room where you will find there down loads.
Have you ever practiced meditation and if so what has your experience been?