As our friend Dr. Joan Borysenko says in our book Be The Change, "Meditation is when I can watch stuff go by and the part of me that usually interrupts and says, 'That's a good story, or that son of a bitch, or I'm guilty and awful,' that part sits back and sees it as just one more story but without attachment to it. This gives me the most delicious sense of spaciousness and peace."
If circumstances cannot be changed, then you can change your attitude toward them—you may not be able to control the wind, but you can adjust your sails. You can either blame others or you can relax into each moment as it arises. When you can just be with the way things are in the present moment, then you can be free of complications—and that freedom is your peace.
Just Being Meditation
Find a comfortable place to sit and close your eyes. Become aware of yourself, of your presence on the chair in the room. Cast your mind around your body. Breathe into and release any places of tension.
Now feel the flow of your breath as it enters and leaves. Here you are: alive...breathing...sensing...your heart beating...your feet on the floor. Be present with yourself and whatever is happening, without judgment.
Now just sit and be and breathe...just sitting...just being...just breathing. Silently repeat, "May all things be well, may I be at peace with all things."
Stay with this for a few minutes or for as long as you like. When you are ready, take a deep breath and gently open your eyes.
Ed and Deb Shapiro are the authors of Be The Change, How Meditation Can Transform You and the World. They are featured weekly contributors to Oprah.com, HuffingtonPost.com and Care2.com. Ed and Deb write Sprint's The Daily CHILLOUT inspirational text messages. They have three meditation CDs: Metta: Loving Kindness and Forgiveness, Samadhi: Breath Awareness and Insight and Yoga Nidra: Inner Conscious Relaxation. Deb is also the author of the best-selling book Your Body Speaks Your Mind, winner of the 2007 Visionary Book Award.
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Why freedom is inside you
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