Usually, we are so caught up in our daily routine that we lose sight of the big picture. Meditation will give you the opportunity to look at your life from a different perspective, and sometimes this new perspective will be truly eye opening.
Many wise traditions tell us when making important decisions, we should keep in mind our whole life and imminent death. The following meditation exercise technique provides an opportunity to try that perception.
If you would like to try this meditation audio, please find a quiet, comfortable place where you can relax. Sitting there comfortably, relax and follow the instructions below.
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To begin, breathe slowly and deeply for several minutes. Allow yourself to be more and more relaxed with every breath. Pay attention to an interesting feature – the exhalation does not require any effort. You breathe in, and then just give things take their course. In this case the air goes out by itself, and the muscles of the chest and shoulders automatically relax.
Let this feeling of relaxation to become deeper and deeper with every breath out and feel relaxation spreading throughout your whole body. Let it flow all the way down to the neck, to your hands, and down through the abdomen to the legs. If you notice any areas of muscular tension, just relax them with the breath. Throughout the meditation exercise keep breathing slowly and deeply and effortlessly both at a time. This ability to relax is a very valuable skill for coping with any tension and it will deepen with the practice of meditation and relaxation.
Now, think about long time ago, say, the period spanning many years. After that, think about a longer time, then an even more prolonged period. When you are ready, double the period under review, and then double it again. And then imagine the eternity.
With this all-encompassing, eternal perspective look back at your life and think about the following questions. Just remember, you do not need to analyze or try to figure out the answers. Instead, just let them float in your mind under the influence of your intuitive wisdom.
What in your life really matters?
What really matters to you?
What people play important roles in your life?
This decision you have to make, how does it affect the lives of others?
Do you have better options?
How will your life look like after the change?
Did this reveal some vital information about yourself and your life?
When you are finished, open your eyes and return your attention to your environment. As a part of the meditation exercise technique, it is very useful to write down your understandings and spend a few minutes of deliberation.
From the standpoint of eternity, a lot of things in our lives seem to be very small. Although at first this finding may be rather difficult, it can also be extremely liberating. It may allow us to stop wasting time on trivial matters, for worthless assets, and focus on what really matters.
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