When you have a condition like Sleep Apnea, any form of relief is welcome. As I was researching a quick way to overcome sleep apnea over the last two (2) years, I used meditation to provide some of that relief. I highly recommend Eckhart Tolle’s audio CD, Finding your Life’s Purpose, because you get to experience his energy, which is captivating and transformative. I have mixed in some of his ideas with my own in this post.
The basic idea of meditation is that many of us spend most of our lives thinking in the future or the past, but rarely in the present. If you are thinking about the future, it is not reality. It is a thought in your head and it is one possible future out of a billion different outcomes. If you are thinking about the past, it is not reality. It is a memory of the past reality which is one possible interpretation out of a billion different realities of the same event. Very rarely do we quiet our minds and focus on the present. Why? Because it is scary. It is much safer to disengage from reality and other people, because reality is unpredictable. At the same time, the discovery of every new moment is exciting if you embrace it. Enjoying the water as it goes down your throat and into your stomach feels good when you are in that present moment. For most of my life, I used to think that the reason you drank something was to get it into your body for sustenance. It was just a necessity that your body needed to survive. I never saw it as another thing to enjoy. When you are present minded, you can share a moment with someone else and it feels like time slows down … your mind is NOT racing to think of past and future events. If you do that, you miss the point of BEING, because you aren’t actually present with that person in that moment. It is a moment in time that is lost forever, never to be regained.
When you are present minded … it feels like time slows down.
So, how do you engage yourself in this other state of consciousness called presence? It is quite simple … you listen to your breath and feel the air going in and out of your nose. When you do this, your mind shuts off and your body feels. It is the difference between mind intelligence and body intelligence. It is that simple a concept. It is NOT that simple to practice. When you practice this, time will start to slow down for you. Of course, it is not that time is actually slowing down, it is the perception of time that changes. It is a choice between loving yourself or not. When you focus on the present, you are focusing on taking care of yourself. You are discovering yourself and deciding that you are the most important person in this world. I grew up with conservative religious beliefs and was always thinking about taking care of others, but never myself. In my old way of thinking, that would be too selfish. Unfortunately, to really care for and love others, you need to care for and love yourself first. It is the balance that matters … it always is.
Listen to your breath and feel the air going in and out of your nose. When you do this, your mind shuts off and your body feels.
One morning, I woke up extremely early and started worrying that I hadn’t completed something for work. I could feel the tension rising in my body. After a few minutes, I remembered what I learned about meditation. I started breathing deeply and listening to my own breath and I felt the tension flow out of my body. I remembered that the one outcome that I was worrying about was one out of a billion different outcomes and probably wasn’t true. After going back to sleep peacefully, I woke up and went to work. Guess what? The thing that I worried about … wasn’t true. I had taken care of everything the day before.