Inhale, Exhale, Repeat
Meditation... A Synopsis, by Emma Mills
Essentially, meditation is an activity that asks you to focus your attention in a particular way. This could be by concentrating on the sight of a flower, listening to a voice as it leads you through a guided meditation, or simply by focusing on your own breath as you inhale and exhale. Sometimes you’ll do it with an aim in mind, such as improving your concentration or relaxing after a long day at work.
Meditation is also a chance to gather your thoughts and reflect on yourself and your life. From this quiet reflection you’ll grow used to sitting in that inner space. From there, you can start to explore ideas about life or even make enquiries into the nature of things, such as, for example, deciding to meditate on what animates a flower or a topic like ‘the nature of innovation’, or perhaps contemplating the Pink Floyd album The Dark Side of the Moon.
Some of the meditations in this guide invite you to focus your attention in one direction or another. Others have a goal or revolve around something you are looking into. Yet meditation can also be a time to sit quietly and just be – without any agenda. Here you have an opportunity to let thoughts, feelings and senses appear, unfold and dissolve. This ‘just being’ approach can give us some much needed breathing room.