This week I received a great questions from a fearless friend. She says “How do I learn how to meditate? They make everything sound so complicated nowadays.” So I thought I would take some time to explain meditation in a super simple way so that you can all start or deepen your meditation practice.
First, let’s talk about the “why”. Why should you even care about meditating and what good is it to you anyways?
A daily meditation practice has an infinite number of physical, mental, and emotional benefit. I’m not going to get too deep into the science and study of how meditation affects us, but just know that most people come to meditation for stress relief or to experience a deeper connection to the Divine.
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The reason why I practice meditation is to manage the daily drama and how it’s how I allow my heart to open to receive guidance and wisdom.
Most importantly it has been instrumental in helping me to have a joyful, Fearless life, and it helps me keep my cool and feel grounded if I feel like spiraling into a negative chaotic thought cyclone.
It’s healing, it’s energizing, it’s refreshing, and it’s essential to Fearless living.
And now, what exactly is meditation? In essence, meditation is the practice of holding your awareness on the still quite space between your thoughts so that you can separate from all of your mental chatter and reconnect to your true self. The Yoga Sutra describes meditation as stilling the fluctuations of the mind. In other words, getting still, getting quiet.
So, how do you do it, you ask? The process can be described super simply but the execution may take some practice so if you don’t get it at first, stay with it. Here are the steps:
1: Get comfortable. Wear comfortable clothes, make the lighting comfortable, the room temperature comfortable, and sit in a way that is comfortable. Lying down is okay, but you don’t want to fall asleep, so sitting upright is best.
2. Close your eyes. This is important because it helps you to eliminate visual distractions so you can focus.
3. Allow your body to relax. If you’re tense it means you’re fighting it, or you’re thinking too much about the past or the future instead of being present. Remember that you’re safe, you can get back to your “to-do” list later, and the world can wait. This is your “me time”, indulge in it and relax!
4. Become aware of your breath. Don’t try to control your breathing or alter it in any way, simply notice that you are in fact breathing..in ..and out. And allow your breathe to soften and slow and deepen naturally as your body relaxes.
5. Acknowledge thoughts and allow them to pass becoming increasingly more aware of the space between each thought. Hold your awareness on that space.
6. After a minimum of 5 minutes observing the space between your thoughts, you may chose to complete your practice by sitting still and taking in the sensation of the energy of the practice before slowly opening your eyes.
Don’t you feel better? Meditation helps you step into the best version of yourself. (tweet that) You meditate to feel great! Don’t you feel great?
Now, I invite you to make the commitment to yourself to use meditation as the tool to help you be the best you that you can be by practicing for five minutes a day for thirty days.
Next, I’ll post a meditation you can use to help you commit to those thirty days.
Remember, don’t hate, meditate!
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Talk to you again soon!