How many times do I hear "I just can't meditate" or "my mind is too active". I even get "I don't have time in my day to meditate". Well I am here to dispel these myths because that's exactly what they are... MYTHS!
We can ALL meditate, regardless of how active our mind is or how busy our day is. It's all about a starting point and for many of us, we don't know what that is.
I'm going to share with you 5 easy-peasy tips that will seriously help you on your quest to meditate!
TIP 1 Small Steps.
Our brain is a muscle and it takes time to get this muscle working! You don't go to the gym and lift heavy weights on your very first session - it takes practice! Meditation is no different.
Give yourself 5-10 minutes, 3 times per week to get started.
Set yourself up in a place you feel comfortable - on your bed, in your garden or wherever your sanctuary might be! Focus on your breathing and DON'T attempt to block out sounds or other things happening around you. The aim is to actually acknowledge these things and remain in a state of calm. If your mind wanders, that's completely normal - meditation is all about re-directing your thoughts back to your focus without judging or criticising yourself.
TIP 2 Do It Your Way.
Whose to say there is only 1 way to meditate?
There are so many ways that you can meditate and it's certainly not a one-size-fits-all scenario.
Just remember your meditation journey is all about YOU so it comes down to what feels right and what suits your lifestyle.
If you are the type who struggles to sit down - why not go for a walk or a jog? Being physically active during meditation gives your mind a focus and helps regulate your breathing. It can be a great starting point for mindfulness. Feel your breath, feel the sensations of the air or wind on your skin, become aware of the sounds around you and what you see.Don't go looking for things to feel, see or hear - allow these things to naturally rise up into your awareness and if your attention drifts to past, future or evaluative thoughts, gently guide your mind back to your breathing to focus your attention.
TIP 3 Balance. Scrap the All-Or-Nothing Mentality.
My hand goes up here. I (still) have an all-or-nothing mentality at times and this can be a real challenge to change. It's about striking that magical word - BALANCE.
Realistically, you may not have the time, willingness or dedication to meditate every single day - and that's OK. Incorporating meditation into your life, even a few times each week will have huge benefits for you. Don't beat yourself up if you miss a session - make the commitment to yourself for when you will meditate.
Try to create a plan that you can stick to.
G - Goal (What is the goal you would like to achieve?)
R - Realistic (What is a realistic time-frame you can commit to?)
O- Opportunity (What opportunities are available to you in order for you to achieve this?)
W - When (When can you start this?)
TIP 4 Let Go of Expectations.
The benefits you receive from your personal meditation journey will vary greatly.
You may start to feel a greater sense of clarity or feel more in control of your breathing. You may begin to experience less stress or find you have better ways to manage the stress - whatever you are feeling is right. Right for you.
Don't get caught up with what others have claimed to experience - this is your journey, so let go of any and all expectations and appreciate what meditation is doing for you. Honour yourself and be grateful that you have taken the time to practice meditation. The effects may not be obvious at first, but in time you will feel the benefits and will be so glad you started!
TIP 5 Enjoy It!
There's nothing worse than doing something that you don't actually enjoy and meditation is no different.
Understand and remember why you decided to start the practice in the first place. Enjoy the time and space you choose to dedicate for yourself and enjoy the benefits of your practice. Embrace the changes as they occur - no matter how big or small.
As we discussed earlier, there are many different ways to meditate so find a way that works for you, a way that you enjoy the most!
Small steps will allow for a long path to be travelled so embrace the journey, honour the emotions and enjoy what you uncover!
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Love & Light
xx Sandra Stoitis xx