The paddle dips rhythmically under the surface of the water. The view is completely different from the middle of the lake. Your eyes scan over the surroundings calmly, peacefully and expectantly, and you pay maximum attention to every movement, no matter how small. Every single sound and smell appeal to the senses in a very special way. Suddenly, your mind is completely still.
No social media, no emails, no news. A break from being constantly contactable, multitasking, and the perpetual sensory overload. Just you, in the here and now. And what can help us find a sense of inner peace? Meditation!
Mindfulness and concentration exercises – the key to meditation – calm the body and mind. Because who doesn’t wish every now and again to switch off from their own inner theme park. To experience no thoughts stuck on a giddy merry-go-round; no dizzying daydreams; no emotional rollercoaster. Whether it’s by concentrating on the breath, a change in perspective, or rhythmic, repetitive movements, meditating is an attempt to notice the thoughts and feelings that pop up from an observational distance and to let them pass, and without being carried away by them. This is a challenge that is not always easy for us.