May has been designated as National Meditation Month. Many take this month to dedicate time to being mindful each day and set a 30-day goal of setting aside 5-10 minutes each day for quiet meditation. Minds tend to wander and it is a great practice to be able to center your thoughts and be in the present. In fact, science proves it. An app was built, Track Your Happiness, by Matt Killingsworth and the research showed that people are most happy when they are in the moment. When your mind wanders, it tends to spend time on a frustrating moment in the day or of all of the errands you still have to do after work or of the long to-do list you have at work. The mind rarely wanders to a positive and inspiring place- a place that makes you happy.
With that in mind, there is no better time that today to begin a practice of mindfulness and staying in the present. Yoga Digest has some great tips to help celebrate National Meditation Month:
1. Take in a meditation retreat.
3. Read a book about meditation.
4. Meet with a meditation group
5. Gift yourself with some private meditation instruction.
6. Commit to a regular practice in May – –once a week, twice a week, daily – decide and then do it.
7. Teach a novice how to meditate.
8. Try a different style –Buddhist or Hindu or Zen or chanting or mantra.
9. Get outside. Meditate in nature –a park, a beach, a forest, a field.
10. Learn the history of meditation.
Some of our favorite resources for meditation are:
- The meditation room on Organic Spa Magazines website which allows you to grab a moment of mindfulness right at your desk!
- The Center For Mindful Learning provides free guided meditations to help you discover which practice is right for you.
- There are lots of great apps for meditation which make it easier than ever to get into the correct mindset. The Saturday Evening Post gathered several great options for all sorts of devices.
One of our wellness idols, Tao Porchon-Lynch, Master Yogi dedicated a beautiful meditation inspired by our Little Lake Teedyuskung which hangs in our Lily Pad Outdoor Adventure Center next to the private lake.
An Ode to the Lake at Woodloch
What is the perfect silence?
A soft murmer of the intake of oneness spreads throughout the scene and one drinks the beauty of the waters of the lake. The incredible richness of the forest borders the lake to keep the silence undisturbed.
How many thousands of years this wonder of the universe has mirrored this peaceful scene. Softly, the approach of mankind enters the scene and small clouds meet with each other, hiding the sun. As little by little, the voices of man bring the first essence of sound, disturbing the ancient sentinels of nature, preventing us from experiencing peace and lets man weave a blanket across the area.
As I sat absorbed in the power of nature, the stillness of its depths were destroyed. Oh mankind, your thoughts so loudly ring out, dominating the beauty of the waters and the peace wavers like a rocky boat across the lake.
Even the sun seems fearful to smile. But suddenly, peace reigns again, as lotus and tiny bushes of fruit gently hide its inhabitants. The stillness, like a beautiful blanket returns, and joins forces with the creator and from within, peace reigns supreme.
Is this what I have dreamt about for so many years? This incredible terrain houses a palace for beauty of the mind and body. I had dreamt a fantasy that took me back to France to live where peace and nature could live in harmony with my soul. Where every part of my being reached out into nature, bringing past and present the culture that opened up the possibilities of me bringing from every country in the world living together in harmony. The scene, the nature, the incredible oneness and beauty of friendship. The only reason we are on this planet and absorbed in the truth. Revealing itself that the breath of life is the link throughout the whole world.
November 12, 12013
excerpt from Reflections: The Yogic Journey of Life, Vers. 2
Namaste and Happy National Meditation Month- from the team at The Lodge at Woodloch