The past few weeks, I have been sharing practices to help you stay cool and balanced this summer. According to Ayurveda, summer is Pitta dosha. It is fiery, hot, and humid. The first practice I shared with you was a cooling and restorative yoga posture. Last week, I shared an Ayurveda practice of using food to create balance. This week, I am sharing a meditation.
The fiery season of summer can often lead to the buildup of heated emotions within us of intensity, frustration, anger, irritability. The meditation in today’s blog is a beautiful practice to bring us back to a state of peace. It was the topic of our very first Instagram TV episode,* which I am sharing with you today. So, watch the video or continue reading to learn this beautiful practice from A Course in Miracles.
I am currently reading A Course in Miracles and the following practice really spoke to me this week! It is the perfect practice for summer, a time when heated emotions can easily arise. Quoting directly from the Course, today’s lesson is this:
I could see peace instead of this. Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.
So, peace starts with us. It starts with observing our thoughts, and that's exactly what meditation is all about. It wasn't until I started meditating that I really started to notice and observe what thoughts were floating around in my mind. Once I started to notice and observe those thoughts, I realized that I could influence my thoughts and change them to be more empowering and uplifting. This is exactly what today’s meditation does for us!
So, the practice is this:
Spend a couple of minutes observing your thoughts.
Notice what thoughts are coming in your mind and then say to yourself, “I could see peace instead of this, I can choose peace instead of this.” So, whether it's fear, worry, anxiety, or apprehension, I can always see peace instead of this.
Practice this meditation for 3-4 minutes, or as long as feels comfortable for you.
Leave a comment below to let me know how this meditation works out for you!
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