The Basics of Meditation: Why & How To Start
Slowing down and just doing nothing but appreciating your breath can be hard task especially if you're someone who is constantly on the move from one errand or place to the next, but I cannot express to you enough how extremely valuable it is. When you make time for yourself to have a break and I mean have a break without any distractions, no social media, no conversations, no Spotify, you are forced to be present and completely with yourself.
Adding mindful practices into your daily routine is going to help you get in touch with the core reasons why you're living life in fast forward instead of stopping to smell the flowers and overall benefit your mental, emotional and physical health highly. Today's practice we are focusing on is meditation.
Now, I know what you're thinking 'I don't have time to meditate!' or 'I've tried and it doesn't work!' but if you've landed on this blog at this exact moment in your life you're obviously ready to commit and I am here to help you.
Creating space to do nothing is a simple task we tend to want to challenge and make complicated. You don't have set aside 2 hours worth of time to meditate, that can take years to build up to and is far to big of a leap for where you are right now so don't even bother entertaining extreme thoughts because they'll just overwhelm and put you off.
Instead, spend 5 minutes alone, either in the car before you step out to get your groceries, after you just put on a hydrating face mask, before you leap out of bed to begin your day, to tune into your breath and any tension you are currently harvesting in your body. This time is for you to ground yourself and reconnect with your soul essence.
If you do not have your full positive intentions set prior to meditating you are not going to reap the true benefits. No doubt thoughts will still race and pop up here and there but that is all part of this mindful practice. Do not get angry or frustrated at them or yourself, rather allow them to come in say hello and pass through with ease before returning your attention to your breath and the sensations in your body.
The idea of meditation is to help you peel away the layers of ego that no longer serve you any good and fall into the bliss of your highest self. I used to think mediating had to go for at least an hour and therefore put me off ever wanting to participate but now my day is filled with mini sessions when I start to feel like I'm slipping and they have changed my mindset for the better.
To recap: one 5 minute session once a day until you feel ready to incorporate a second and then a third. Focusing purely on your breath, trying to relax releasing any tension in the body.
Go slow and be gentle with yourself, you are learning a new practice as well as embracing yourself in ways you haven't done before and as exciting as that is, it also requires patience and gentleness.