Living with purpose isn’t always easy. We get busy, we get stressed out, or we get distracted.
Most everyone experiences this. When it happens we no longer hear that faint but persistent guiding inner voice.
Without a clear purpose and solid intentions to live our life around, 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 couple of the most effective ways to do this are prayer and meditation.
Spiritual leaders have used these techniques for millennia. But you don’t have to maintain a rigid discipline to experience your own purpose driven life.
Both prayer and meditation allow you to tune out distractions and give you clarity of mind.
Once your mind quiets, you can start to listen to that inner voice. You’ll become clear on the things and you value most.
It doesn’t matter what religion you belong to, or if you belong to one. It doesn’t matter whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not.
Prayer and meditation can benefit anyone.
One of the easiest forms of meditation is a simple breathing exercise. You can do this anytime, anywhere.
You might want to begin the practice 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 Meditation
The easiest type of meditation is focusing on your breath. It will help you tune out mind chatter when you breathe in and breathe out.
Notice how the air feels flowing through your nose. Pay attention to how your abdomen rises and falls, expands and contracts.
If you get distracted or your mind wanders bring your awareness back to your breath.
Start by practicing for 30 seconds to a minute. Over time you can increase the duration.
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. Guided meditations and even mobile apps can make your experience effective and enjoyable.
Trust the process. And be patient with yourself.
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