Ants in your pants; be sedate and meditate


Uncategorized / Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
‘Even the wishes of a small ant reach heaven’. -Japanese proverb
Ants in your pants’ it’s a funny saying and one that appears to have originated from the United States, although there is not a clear time it came about because by the time that it appeared in print, probably sometime between the two world wars, it had already been in wide use in various contexts. The basic meaning behind it is restless, can’t sit still, active, anything that is suggestive of someone who literally has ants in their pants.

Ants are always busy working away no time to stop as there is always too much to do in the nest, but we can learn a lot from them. They are great planners, well organised and persistent.

Well on my recent holiday to Spain I literally did have ants in my pants or to be more precise my bikini, luckily I was not exactly wearing them at the time (I noticed just in time). These Spanish insects took a fancy to my Boden bottoms, they obviously liked the feel of the quality material in which they had nibbled holes, I can only assume was for nesting purposes, needless to say the bottoms ended up in the bin and I was inspired to write a blog.

Do you ever feel like a worker ant? Do you ever feel that you need time out from the busyness of life to just be?

I have recently completed my Diploma in Meditation and this is something that I have been adding into my life coaching and counselling session with my clients. As a holistic therapist I have the ability to offer many different therapies to help with a client’s issues as I feel there is not a one size fits all approach.

So firstly what is meditation? People have normally heard about it and have their own ideas about what it is, but do you know? And have you ever thought about the real benefits of introducing this simple concept into your life.

What is meditation?

Meditation is a relaxing practice that helps to let go of stress and refocus the mind. The main types of meditation available are

  • Mindful
  • Transcendental
  • Concentration
  • Breathing
  • Sound
  • Compassion
  • Reflective
  • Zen
  • Guided

What is it not?

It is not having a little rest, an escape from reality or sitting and doing nothing.

90% of our problems are caused by our own thoughts, we get so caught up in our own thoughts and the feelings they generate that it becomes addictive and repetitive. It make us feel secure and comfortable and to change that can bring fear and insecurity. It is also harder to change what we do as that requires effort. A good analogy is to compare the mind to an untrained dog, if you never train it; it can cause a lot of stress to the owner due to its unpredictability and being out of control. What meditation can do is to train the mind so the owner feels more relaxed, calm and in control.

What are the benefits of meditation?

There are many benefits that meditation can have on the mind, body and soul. It can reduce anxiety and blood pressure, enhance the immune system, develop emotional intelligence, help mood and behaviour, and the list goes on. There has been a lot of research available to support the fact that regular meditation has all these benefits and more. Those have that introduced meditation sessions at work for employees have noticed a reduction in time off sick for stress and increased productivity.

Adopt the worker ant mentality in meditation

Like the worker ants those that meditate need to adopt the ant traits. Meditation needs planning and persistence and it is important to realise that the benefits will only be felt after this consistent and persistent practice, either daily or weekly over time.

Give it a try

So, are you ready to give it a try, here is a simple Mindfulness Meditation that you can do.

Sitting on a straight-chair or couch or on the floor with a straight but not stiff back, allow your body to become still and gently relax your hands on the knees in your lap.

  • Try to reel in all your thoughts from the outside world
  • Bring your attention to your body starting at the top of your head
  • Focus on this area and imagine all the stress and tension melting away
  • Focus on the forehead, the jaw, the ears and feel that tension draining away out through your body
  • Work your way down the rest of your body and stop and focus on each area, neck, shoulders, back, spine and arms and feel that stress, pain and tension moving through your body and out through your fingertips.
  • Focus on any area that may be holding onto that stress and tension and work on imaging it flowing out of that area, through your feet and onto the ground.
  • Work your way through the rest of your body, chest, stomach, legs and feet and then scan the whole body to see if there is any tension left in your body.
  • If you locate any tension work on the area again
  • Imagine all the tension, stress and pain draining out of the body as you enjoy this relaxation.
  • Gradually bring your meditation to a close by becoming aware of your body and the area you are in

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