MEDITATING ON A MONDAY.
‘ To meditate does not mean to fight with a problem. To meditate means to observe.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh
I thought today would be the perfect day to speak about meditation and how it has brought a lot of inner peace to my life.
It's not always the easiest thing to do. Finding that place inside where true stillness abounds, is very hard. We are constantly bombarded with thoughts, action steps, plans, goals... but what meditation creates is pure bliss and silence. Just you and your breath. It is VERY powerful and very healing.
It is an important habit if you want to change other habits. And when you start out it isn't easy, to even find 2 minutes of silence, practice breathing and to switch off, it is TOUGH. But below I have shared some small tips that have helped me out. AND remember it takes practice, so be super gentle with yourself.
At first and maybe for awhile you just won't be able to switch off, but that is OK. That is how everyone starts...it takes practice so don't give up.
Commit to just 2 minutes a day / Start simply if you want the habit to stick. You can do it for 5 minutes if you feel good about it, but all you’re committing to is 2 minutes each day.
Pick a time and trigger/ Not an exact time of day, but a general time, like morning when you wake up, or during your lunch hour. The trigger should be something you already do regularly, like drink your tea/green juice, brush your teeth, have lunch, or arrive home from work.
Find a quiet spot/ Sometimes early morning is best, before others in your house might be awake and making lots of noise! Find a spot in a park or on the beach or some other soothing setting. It really doesn’t matter where — as long as you can sit without being bothered for a few minutes. I like to do mine in the morning for few minutes and at night.
Sit comfortably/ Don’t fuss too much about how you sit, what you wear, what you sit on, etc. I personally like to sit on a pillow on the floor, with my back leaning against a wall OR honestly I just lay flat in my bed and breath and meditate before I get up. I just go with the flow and don't put too much pressure on myself regarding my body positions.
Focus on your breath / This is KEY. As you breathe in, follow your breath in through your nostrils, then into your throat, then into your lungs and belly. Sit (OR LAY) straight, keep your eyes open OR closed (personal preference here). As you breathe out, follow your breath back out. If you find your mind wandering (and you 100% will! Don't stress), just pay attention to your mind wandering, then bring it gently back to your breath. Repeat this process for the few minutes you meditate. True Story: You won’t be very good at it at first, most likely, but don't worry, or stress about this. It takes practice and you WILL get better with time. Don't beat yourself up about it. That is the COMPLETE opposite of what you are trying to achieve.
Be gentle with your heart and self. You are giving yourself a HUGE gift. It really is simple, it just takes practice making it a daily habit. But once you start find that stillness, huge breakthroughs and clarity will come with.
Don't give up, your dreams and the live you want to live is worth fighting for.
Happy new week Loves!
I am going to totally ignore that it is SNOWING in my city today...breathe in breathe out...and enjoy the beauty!