Meditation can certainly help you on your path to self-discovery. As you make this personal discovery, you will know how your words can hurt or soothe, your touch can injure or reassure, your example can destroy or inspire. The master walks that middle line and is neither overly influenced by criticism nor praise.
Relaxing is even easier and less formal. You can relax at any time. You can relax for ten minutes or one minute. Sit comfortably and close your eyes. Inhale through your nose and count to 6. Slowly exhale through your mouth as you count down from 6. Repeat for several minutes. Concentrate on your breathing with longer and deeper inhales and exhales. Practice breathing from your center, which is just below your navel. Control the flow of your breath without straining. Feel your belly rather than your chest rise and fall. Deep and long breathing is associated with calmness while weak and shallow breathing is associated with anxiety. You want to be as serene as possible without falling asleep. When worries appear, let them float by like floating clouds or see them disappear as a pebble slowly falling to the bottom of a pond. Relax. Tense and release the muscles in your body. Start with the toes. Tense the muscles for a few seconds and release. Go to the calves, thighs, abs, pecs, back, fingers, hands, lower arms, upper arms, neck and finally the muscles in the face. Feel warm and relaxed.
When difficulties arise, bring your mind back to your breathing in and out. Before any stressful situation, breathe through your nose filling your lungs as your stomach rises. Loosen the muscles in your face. Loosen your jaw. Let your shoulders hang. Relax your hands as if you were holding a baby chick. Your body will slow, allowing you to concentrate on the task at hand. Relax and bring yourself back to center.
Focus on all the positive energy that surrounds you. There are lots of people who want to see you succeed. If you are a follower of the Action Principles®, you are a good person. You will be a good parent, friend and boss. Focus your energy on your ability to do good. Relax. Control your breathing and your posture. If you meditate regularly, it will touch all areas of your life. As you learn to control your breathing and relax, you will feel the power of your spirit grow. You will learn a lot about a wonderful person – you! You are the Master Piece.
Stop and notice how your behavior affects others. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution? Are you a positive force, negative force or wallpaper?