Welcome to the Relaxation Room: A space designed to help you de-stress and quiet the mind — increasingly elusive pursuits in a world where looking busy trumps looking within.
So leave the hamster wheel life to others for a while. Take a deep breath or three, watch a nature slideshow or listen to the progressive relaxation technique and guided meditation/prayer I’ve recorded. Some say that soothing our mind/body/spirit takes time away from “important” things; modern mystics know it as the very essence of a life of fulfillment.
The regular practice of interrupting the program of habitual thoughts is the key to waking up.
My audio journey will lead you into your own meditation session, or any practice you choose that quiets the mind. If a sitting meditation doesn’t appeal, how about contemplating sacred geometry while listening to music? What about practicing breathing techniques for deep relaxation? Praying? No? Well, can you see yourself communing with nature with the intent of emptying the mind of thought?
Any of these activities will cradle us in sacred silence, with the proper intention. But that is only one half of a spiritual practice, if you want to get serious about it.
The other half means taking it to the streets: Applying the healing poultice of compassion to every situation that needs more love. That is the great power we are about to harness — for the good.
Maintaining a meditative mind doesn’t count when I’m sitting there with my eyes closed. It only counts when opportunity-dressed-in-trouble’s-clothing comes knocking on my door.
Try any of the practices I list above for 20 minutes twice a day, 1 hour a day, or 5 minutes twice a day — whatever will get you into the habit of just doing it. Duration is not as important as regularity (although it will certainly make a difference.)
If we can practice letting go of compulsive thinking every day, especially the self-critical thoughts, that’s when we start to see the change we want.
Harmony, joy, and discovering our purpose are only some of the fruits of this inward adventure in consciousness. Relaxing into our true self injects a potent infusion of peace into an ailing, violent world.