Living with purpose isn’t always easy. We get busy, we get stressed out, or we simply get distracted. It happens to all of us and when it does, we no longer hear that little voice in our head clearly that tells us what we should be doing. Without a clear purpose and solid intentions to live our life around it, it becomes easy to get off course. We have to find a way to make sure we can get back on track and realign ourselves with the purpose we’ve chosen.
A great way to do this is through prayer and meditation. There’s a reason these techniques have been used for millennia by spiritual leaders and everyday people who successfully live a purpose driven life. Both prayer and meditation allow you to tune out those distractions and give you clarity of mind. Once your mind quiets, you can start to listen to that inner voice that tells you what’s truly important and what you value most.
It doesn’t matter what religion you belong to, if you consider yourself a spiritual person, or how much faith you have. Prayer and meditation can benefit anyone. One of the easiest forms of meditation is a simple breathing exercise that you can do anytime, anywhere. That being said, I recommend you practice it first in a calm and quiet spot. This will allow you to focus on it and get used to it without too many distractions. Once you’ve practiced for a little while though, you can use it to calm and clear your mind whenever you need it.
A Simple Breathing Mediation
The easiest type of meditation is to simply focus on your breath. Try to tune out everything else and focus on breathing in and breathing out. Notice how the air feels flowing through your noise. Pay attention to how your abdomen rises and falls, expands and contracts. Whenever you get distracted or start to think of something else, keep bringing yourself back to the breath. Start by practicing it for 30 seconds to a minute and expand the time with practice.
Give this a try and see if you find it helpful. From there read up on other meditation techniques. There are lots of great books out there on the topic. There are guided meditations and even mobile apps.
Here’s a short list of my favorite meditation tools and resources:
- In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.
- Honor your need to cultivate quiet and become grounded in deeper serenity by practicing these customized meditations for different aspects of your daily life: work, finances, health, relationships, and more with Meditations for a Miraculous Life.
- Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Women, these tools will challenge you to stop struggling and start recognizing that it is possible to reconcile your humanity with your divinity.