You’ve heard all the amazing impacts that meditation can have on your life….
(If you haven’t read this!)
So, now where do you start?
I’m beginning my meditation journey as a complete newbie, so I’m looking to the experts for advice. What I’m finding is that you should mold your meditation experience so that it fits YOU and your personal style. This will take some trial and error, for sure. But don’t give up. You’ll figure out what’s most natural for you.
Some questions to ask yourself..
What time of the day works best for you?
Are you a morning person? You may want to meditate first thing when it’s quiet and calm, before the email inbox overloads your brain. Or you might prefer to meditate at night and calm your mind before bed. If you want to get crazy like me, try meditating in the morning and at night.
Are you the type of girl who Can’t. Sit. Still ? Or the girl who is always thinking about 1, 495 things?
Be honest! There’s no shame in this game. Actually, these are some great reasons to try meditation, to see if it can help you get to a more zen place. I suggest trying a guided meditation app to help lead you and keep your mind focused, such as The Mindfulness App.
You can begin with as little as 5 minutes a day. Just do whatever you can. Gradually, you can build up to a longer period of time. Meditation takes practice, like most things. Choose a relaxing, quiet spot and sit in a comfortable position. You don’t have to cross your legs in traditional lotus position if it does not feel natural.
USE A SOUND, MANTRA OR GUIDED APP
I think this tip is super helpful when you’re first starting out. I looked up meditation sounds on Youtube and there are a ton out there. The sound helps because your mind has something to focus on, rather than wandering to what’s on your To-Do list for the day. You can also focus on a mantra that you might need for the day, such as gratitude or peace.
REDIRECT YOUR THOUGHTS
You WILL have thoughts come into your mind while your meditating. Our brains our like machines that do not ever turn off, so don’t fight it. The point of meditation is not to have a blank mind. The point is to learn how to redirect yourself. So, when thoughts creep in such as Should I shower and then eat breakfast, Nah, I want some overnight oats stat. Time to redirect. Don’t beat yourself up for a drifting mind. Just acknowledge the thought and refocus on your breath, your mantra or your guided meditation.
FOCUS ON YOUR BREATHING
Avid meditator Annie Lawless of Blawnde.com says, “This is one of my favorite meditation tips because it is a big part of practicing yoga, which is a moving meditation. Breathing deeply and focusing on that breath is a great way to let everything else in your mind drift away. I like to follow my breath with my mind in through my nose, down the back of my throat, into my lungs and belly, and exhaling back up and feel each step in my body.”
RELAX AND ENJOY
Another excellent tip from Annie–“A great way to allow your meditation to permeate your body is by starting at your toes and relaxing each muscle all the way up through your body one at a time. To do this, focus on your toes and fully relax them, then the balls of your feet and fully relax them, then the arches, the heels, the ankles, the calves, and so on until you reach the crown of your head. By the end, you will have relaxed every muscle in your body while focusing your attention on that relaxation and nothing else. When you open your eyes, you will feel incredible.”
Alright ladies, let’s do this! I’m feeling super motivated. And I’ve had that itch to learn something new, so I’m excited…anyone else ever feel like that?
I’ll keep you posted on my progress on my 31 day meditation challenge.