Meditating at Roxbury Falls

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One of my favourite spots for a quick visit to the wilderness is Roxbury Falls. It’s located just off Hwy 201 in the Annapolis Valley, NS.  It’s a peaceful place to meditate when the daily grind starts to wear me down and it’s only a 5 minute drive from my house.

The area around the falls is pretty open, leaving plenty of options for the perfect meditation spot.

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If you are new to meditation, don’t worry about getting it right straight out the gate. It’s all about focus and letting everything else float away without judgement as best you can. The most common method is to focus on the breath. Sometimes that doesn’t work for me but that’s ok, there are other methods.

The method I like right now is called body scanning. Instead of a steady focus on your breath, you start at the top of your head. Really notice that spot and then gradually move down your body and shift your awareness to your various parts, like being scanned by lasers in a sci-fi movie. Head, forehead, eyes, nose, lips, chin, neck and continue slowly down to your toes.

If you find your mind chattering and lose focus, just forgive yourself and start again. I’ve been meditating for a few years now and I still go on random tangents in my mind and don’t notice that I’ve stopped focusing until I’ve been ranting for 10 mins.  It’s a process and it’s a practice. The more you do it, the better you’ll get. Sometimes you’ll suck at it and sometimes it’ll be a breeze, it’s all good.

Get out into nature this week and gift yourself with a quiet moment to meditate. Let the stress fade away and breath in all that healing energy.

Where do you like to meditate? Do you have a special place you like to go? Let me know in the comments.

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