I really believe that meditation is one of the most important things that we can do for ourselves and for those we love. People who meditate reported through a survey that they do it because;
✨ feel more relaxed
✨ sleep better
✨ it clears and calms their mind
✨ helps them focus better at work
✨ feel more balanced within themselves and more connected to their body
✨ feel more grounded and at peace
✨ have less stress and anxiety
✨ and that it boosts their energy levels!
All wonderful reasons to make it a daily habit...
If you're new to Meditation, it's really just a fancy word for taking some time to turn off distractions, connecting with our breath and turning our attention inwards. So today I want to share 5 ways to make meditation easy and a part of our daily routine.
1. Don't call it meditation - instead think of it just as a moment you're taking to tune in and connect with yourself. A moment to breathe and give back to yourself.
2. Sit comfortably. If you're sitting on a chair - have your feet flat on the floor. Or if you're on your yoga mat, sit on a pillow and cross your legs in front of you, letting your hands rest in your lap. Try to have a straight but relaxed back, and close your eyes helps to focus our attention inwards.
3. Whenever we are trying to incorporate a new habit in to our day, it can help to do it at the same time every day and even in the same physical space. This makes it easier to remember, creates a familiarity around it and our mind begins to automatically relax as we get ready to meditate. So pick a time and space that works for you...
Personally I love to meditate in the morning just after my son and husband has left, before I start work. I have created a little space in the living room where I keep my YinMama Wool Yoga Mat and Meditation Pillow, that feels inviting and really comfortable. Creating this space makes me really want to take this moment every day for myself and it helps me feel more relaxed and focused throughout the day.
If your mornings feel chaotic, try taking a few minutes after parking the car before you step in to work, or after a shower in the evening before bed. Choose anywhere or any time that works for you.
4. You'll probably find that when you sit down to take this moment, your mind is flooded with thoughts! That's normal. The aim of meditation isn't to stop our thoughts, but rather to allow time for your mind chatter to vent out and for your thoughts and feelings to surface and release, so that you can go about your day with a more calm and focused mind...
So when the thoughts pop up - don't try to push them away. Simply allow them to come up, and on the next exhale just let them pass... not paying too much attention to them. Kind of like clouds in the air, they're just there - floating past. When you find yourself thinking about something, just bring your attention back to your breath.
It can also help to use touch to bring your attention back to the present moment, which is why I love to hold a crystal while meditating. Whenever my thoughts start to pop up, I breathe and notice the weight of the crystal in my hand. (The energy in certain crystals are also said to help us feel more relaxed, grounded and present. To learn more about which crystal to use, you can check out the crystal guide here).
5. Make it short. 2-5 minutes to begin with is great, then built from there. And in the beginning, it can be easiest to use a guided meditation - listening to someone walk you through it. I have created a guided meditation for you that is perfect any time you want to connect inward, breathe and feel more relaxed. Click play here to listen
I hope you find these tips helpful and give it a try - notice how you feel after and throughout the day.