This is the tool that with practise, will absolutely help you lead a more mindful life. Once you have developed a habit of meditating, I promise, that you will feel more able to cope with stress and have a general feeling of just being a bit more alright!
Sometimes it can be hard to find the time, and this can then become a barrier or a means by which we procrastinate.
Let me help you get into your meditation groove by sharing some important elements I have learned from my own experience and from teaching:
- Make a little space for yourself to sit. Mine is by the side of my bed, I have a beeswax candle that I light especially and one of my sheepskins to sit on. Sometimes I use a cushion, sometimes I don’t; comfort is my priority.
- Simply breathe in and out. The breath is yours, and has its own rhythm. Don’t force it. Allow it to flow.
- Don’t expect or try to force your mind to be quiet or empty, we are human and have evolved to think. Just observe that you have thought and bring your attention back to the breath.
- Close your eyes if you fancy, don’t if you don’t.
- Emotions may surface when you breathe gently into your body. This is normal, but if you feel overwhelmed, stop.
- This is training and the practice takes time. Simply just turn up, set a timer and see what happens.
- Time isn’t the priority, frequency is so even if you start by sitting for 2 minutes every day, your brain and body will benefit!
I absolutely love writing meditations and shall be publishing some short, basic practices on my website soon, for FREE! Longer and seasonal focused meditations will be available as part of an e-course I will be launching later this year.