“Watching birds has become part of my daily meditation affirming my connection to the earth body.” ~Carol P. Christ
I know we have discussed how deep breathing can help you slip into meditation. And it’s true – focusing on your breathing is a simple and extremely effective way of centering yourself and entering meditation. But what do you do when you have a cold?
Your nose is all blocked up, your head feels like it’s full of cotton, and keeping up good posture is the last thing you want to focus on. Plus if you’re taking cold medicine, closing your eyes will invariable lead to you sleeping instead of meditating! So what are you to do? I faced this problem yesterday afternoon.
I was in my living room sitting in a half lotus position, eyes closed, and breathing deeply. Or I was trying to anyway. As soon as I attempted a “deep breath” I had a coughing fit. My body felt all achy so staying in half lotus was not going to work. And I really really really wanted to go to sleep. So there I was: slouched over with my eyes closed – a perfect picture of lethargy.
I would have just thrown myself back into bed, but I wanted to clear out my energy in order to help speed the healing process. Since the traditional form of meditation was obviously not effective at that moment, I decided to try something else. I got a cup of tea, went out on the balcony, and looked at the trees. Simple. I looked at the tall trees, the freshly mowed grass, the patches of blue sky, the light of the sun as it moved in and out of the cover of clouds. I listened to the crickets, the cars passing by, and the children calling to each other as they played. And I just let myself Be. Sometimes we forget that our very existence is sacred. And we don’t realize that every moment of appreciation is a moment of prayer and meditation in it’s own right. You can connect with the Universe by traveling inwards; but you can also connect by taking the time to appreciate the Universe’s physical manifestations.
As the sun came back out I absorbed it’s energy into my skin. I said hello to the trees (I have a MAJOR connection with the element of Earth, and trees in particular are very good friends of mine). I let myself be caressed by the wind and serenaded by the crickets. Nature helped ease me and clear out the stagnant energy I was holding onto. I set the intention that the Sun was transmuting all negative energy and filling me with healthy radiance instead.
I still have a cold, but it’s passing through my system much faster now and I’m not as lethargic and achy as I was. And my energy feels a LOT better!
So if you also have a cold – or are just having trouble with more traditional meditation techniques – try looking at nature and go ahead and meditate with your eyes open! It really helps. And if you do it often enough you will find it becomes easier to connect with Nature and the Nature spirits. And the best part is that you can ALWAYS fit it into your busy schedule! When walking to and from your car just take a moment to tune yourself into the nature around you. You will definitely begin to feel the balance and healing it brings to your life!
Would you like to share which form of meditation works best for you? Comment below!