Meditation is the simplest, most profound habit one can form. Meditation is a practice to train your attention & awareness. Meditation changes how you relate, view circumstances & react. It offers a safe space within, a stillness amid chaos.
Our entire existence is experienced through our mind. You must learn to sit comfortably with its chaos, its wild untamed nature.
Benefits of meditation include mental clarity, increase in attention span, focus, academic performance, creativity, self awareness & skill building. Negative emotions decrease, as well as stress, anxiety & insomnia. Impulse control improves, bringing patience & an emotionally calm state.
Be still & breathe
Time, consistency & intent are key.
Consistently making time to be still is the first step. Allowing up to 20 minutes of uninterrupted time is needed. Your intent on your meditation session will change often & it should, but your intent requires an attitude of integrity & authenticity when looking at ourselves & how we view our world. Be mindful.
There are limitless methods of meditation. This is the way I teach those interested in integrating meditation into their wellness care.
Commit 5 minutes a day, for a week. No excuses.
Pick a time of day. Any time that you feel is best. Trust your intuition in knowing when to re-set & refocus.
Get comfy. Find a cozy, comfy spot, indoors or outdoors. Doesn't matter if you are sitting or lying down. Just be comfortable enough to not move for 5 minutes.
Start at 5 minutes, every day for 1 week. Then add 5 minutes the second week & so on, until you are at 20 minutes a day. We are creating a neuropathway in the brain to make meditation practice an easy habit to form.
Close your eyes. Take a deep breath & let the thoughts race. It will be chaotic. You will feel restless, possibly bored or silly.
Breathe. Take a breath or 2. How did the chaos feel?
Let the thoughts race. The topics bounce all over the place.
Breathe. How are you feeling? Check in with yourself. It's only 5 minutes.
Remember to let the thoughts race & breathe.
Over time the neuropathway in the brain is created & it will become easy to calm the mind, calm the chaos. Many times the stillness will emerge effortlessly, clearing your mind & revealing solutions to stressful problems.
Play around with different types of meditation & get a feel for what you vibe the best with. Some prefer music, Solfeggio frequencies or tones that affect specific brain waves, while others prefer nature sounds or silence. Guided imagery & mindful meditation are a couple of my favorite types of meditation. Enjoy & remember there is no wrong or right way. Its an experience on your journey.