Some Helpful Meditations

Meditation can wipe away the day’s stress, bringing with it inner peace. If stress has you anxious, tense and worried, consider trying meditation. Spending even a few minutes in meditation can restore your calm and inner peace. Anyone can practice meditation. It’s simple and inexpensive, and it doesn’t require any special equipment. And you can practice meditation wherever you are — whether you’re out for a walk, riding the bus, waiting at the doctor’s office or even in the middle of a difficult business meeting.

Something beautiful

Ask yourself this. What is beautiful about what just happened? There’s something positive to be gleaned from everything that happens. Make it your mission to find that positive aspect. It’s a waste of time to wish that things had happened differently. Instead, use your energy to cast the present situation in an empowering light. Tap into the value that is in this very moment, in this very situation. Find the beauty in what is, and build upon it. Always remember that your response does not have to be dictated only by the nature of what just happened. Craft your response so that it moves you in the direction you have chosen to move. Something beautiful and enriching just happened. Choose to see it, and live life fully and richly on your own positive terms.

Enough already

If you always wish for more, you will never know the peace and satisfaction of having enough. Realizing that you already have enough is one of the most profoundly empowering thoughts you can think. Fully enjoying the first piece of cake does not prevent you from having a second. Yet obsessing over whether or not you’ll get another piece will always prevent you from enjoying what you have. It’s great to be ambitious and to create new value. Yet that is best done from the position of power that comes with having enough. Being satisfied does not mean you must be complacent. Being satisfied enables you to draw strength from your desires instead of letting them enslave you. Discipline, integrity, commitment and effectiveness flow naturally from a strong sense of having enough. When you’re truly accepting of where you are, your eyes are fully open to the best possibilities. Understand that you already have enough. And you’ll tap into the power of peaceful purpose.

Relax

One great way to maintain your focus is to let go of it for a while. To make your efforts more effective, get away from them for a little bit. Intense focus requires energy and enthusiasm. To replenish that energy and enthusiasm, make it a habit to take a real break. Up to a certain point, the more you work the more you’ll accomplish. Eventually though, you’ll reach a point of diminishing returns. Enjoy the challenge of working with intensity. Then spend some time relaxing, away from all that work. Be productive, be effective, be focused and committed. And then regularly sit back and truly enjoy the fruits of your efforts. For optimum performance, keep yourself balanced. Allow your efforts and your relaxation to positively contribute to each other.

Continue to imagine

Imagine once, and you have a glimpse. Imagine continuously, again and again with the power of your passion, and what you imagine becomes real. Reality is imagination that has persisted through every doubt. Imagination focuses energy and substance into the expression of its specific vision. What can you imagine? What will you continue to imagine until it becomes a part of your world? Imagination has no limits. The future is as bright as you sincerely imagine it to be. It takes courage and integrity to hold on to what you imagine. For imagination takes you places you’ve never been. Choose to go to places truly meaningful and magnificent in your imagination. And you’ll surely make the world a more beautiful place

Higher expectations

When you discover that you’ve exceeded your own best expectations, don’t be frightened. Be curious, and get a little more ambitious. After all, you’ve done something you never expected you could do. Think of what else you could now do that you would have never before considered. Though it’s great to succeed beyond your expectations, it can also be very uncomfortable. And that discomfort can pull you back down, getting you to underperform in order to compensate for your recent spectacular performance. Instead of giving in to that need for comfort, get excited about what you’ve just accomplished. Instead of bowing to your previous expectations, choose to raise your expectations even higher. No, you didn’t just get lucky. You took the actions necessary to accomplish even more than you had expected. Now you have the outstanding opportunity to build on that accomplishment. Step boldly forward, don’t look back, and continue amazing yourself with all that you can do.

Helpful Meditations by Ralph Marston