Journey meditation combines imagery and visualization to achieve a meditative state.
This form of meditation appeals to those who find peace by picturing themselves in a
Here's how to do it.
||Sit up straight. Get into a comfortable position. Either sit on the floor with your back
against a wall, or sit in a chair with your feet on the ground and your hands resting on
your knees or thighs. Have a pad and pencil nearby. Write down the worries, concerns or
problems that you're afraid will distract you from meditation, and promise yourself that
you'll deal with them when you're done.
||Take a few cleansing breaths. Breathe in slowly and deeply for five counts, then exhale
slowly for five counts.
||Find a peaceful place. Close your eyes and concentrate on a soothing, tranquil place
where you feel safe and calm. As distractions flutter through your mind, remind yourself
that you'll deal with them when you are finished meditating.
A quiet beach is an ideal mental destination for most people. Picture
yourself resting on the sand. Feel the sun on your skin, hear the water lapping the shore,
listen for the sounds of seagulls or see the ships gliding out to sea. You can use the
same routine for any beautiful, serene place that calms you.
Do it twice a day. Most persons will benefit from a 5- to 15-minute
meditation practiced several days a week. A good rule of thumb for practicing journey
meditation is to do it in the morning and then again later in the day. A peaceful
meditative journey as you wake up can improve the whole tone of your day.
Journey meditation is also an excellent antidote for afternoon slump.
Most people find that at about 3.00 PM, they are at their lowest energy level for the day.
This is a good time to take a short nap or to take a short journey break. In as little as
ten minutes, you'll find that you've refreshed yourself.
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