Struggling to find true peace in the panic and desperately need some stillness?
For many women lock down has been anything other than self-isolation – sharing a fairly snug space with partners and children, still having to meet work deadlines and attend teleconferences all while home-schooling and running a now packed household.
Add to this the constant mind numbing panic coming from the media and soon any hope of creativity, flow and productivity quickly dissipates to be replaced with procrastination, short temper, anger and stress.
The irony of self-isolating at home is that never has there been a time where women have needed to find quiet time and space for themselves more.
This is not a course or guide to meditation – I have set details of resources out below. This is simply a call to action to meditate, even for 5 minutes, every day.
Why? Because it works. Plain and simple. Meditation makes you calm, makes you centred. Gives you the tools, strength and patience to get on with things.
If nothing else meditation is 5 minutes to yourself. It may not make you a yogi or a shiny spiritual but it will take the edge off, allow you to take a breath, detach and by extension make your day a little easier and less trying.
A change of routine makes us re-think things, our career, our lifestyle choices, how we live our life.
Being in close proximity to some and inconceivably far from others makes us take stock of our relationships both we ourselves and with others.
This inevitably makes deep seated issues that we tried to paper over with busyness come to the surface.
Meditation allows us to birth these realisations in a kind and gentle way rather than leaving wandering around bewildered and in pain without knowing why.
Meditation is a fantastic springboard for when you have to make some real and tough decisions in your life. Once you get to the space of stillness, simply ask what you should do next, if no answer comes through just keep doing what you are doing, following your intuition. But when that message comes through and you know it is a message for spirit, and not from the ego – you know it is from your heart, then you need to just do it, move, show that inner wisdom the respect it deserves.
When you start to meditate you mind will think that you are just offering it a space to go through your many, many check lists, to dos, this is natural and should be welcomed as the first step to a new way of living that is going to change your life for the better
The key is no guilt, just let thoughts come and go. If this proves difficult and your mind is racing then just enjoy the little time to yourself.
A huge collection of body and mind relaxation meditations and breathwork exercises for calm and to release anxiety and stress
A great collection of different meditations for whatever your state of mind – creativity, inspiration and nourishment.
Specific Mantras For This Time
As described by Sattva Yoga:
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu May all sentient beings be free of all afflictions, all disease, all suffering. May all beings experience total healing and optimal well-being. May ll beings realize and awake to their true nature of Satchitananda. Om Shantih, Shantih, Shantihi! Ancient Sanskrit healing chant from Himalayas, India, filmed at Sattva Yoga Academy in Rishikesh with Anand Mehrotra. Receive the healing vibrations and uplifting energy in current times of pandemic, fear, panic and global lockdown. Experience oneness even while maintaining social distancing and mandatory isolation.
Amma chants Om Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavanthu 108 times With instructions
As described by Meditate On This Now:
A mantra-chant created to make meditating as simple and easy during this time of uncertainty. Simply listen to it, focus on your breath. In. Out. And the sound vibration of mantra will do all the work.