Updated: Dec 18, 2018
“At the end of the day, I can end up just totally wacky, because I've made mountains out of molehills. With meditation, I can keep them as molehills.” ~Ringo Starr
Meditation has become the hottest topic of discussion in the wellness arena. It has been around for eons with the earliest written records dating back to 6th century BCE/BC. It is really a simple thing, yet for some reason, seems so daunting and esoteric. With anxiety, depression, and all sorts of metal health issues on the rise, meditation comes on the form of a solution that is free, accessible to anyone, and can be done anywhere anytime. I have heard stories of people meditating on the subway, in a Starbucks, at lunch time, and personally, I do not have the mental focus (yet) to do so. I am a true beginner and my meditation practice is very much evolving, but here are some tips that help me:
*Create a beautiful space where you want to spend 10-15 minutes everyday. This could be a nook in your closet, a chair in your living room, or a room dedicated to cultivating your inner zen.
*Create a habit by doing it at the same time every day. I do it first thing in the morning. It helps me get out of bed at 5am to know that I'm easing into my day with something calming that I look forward to.
*Give yourself an ambiance and get comfortable. I like to light candles, turn on a space heater (its chilly in the am), sit on a couple of pillows with a blanket over my lap.
*Use an app to guide you. I like the Daily Calm, but there are many others that would work too.
*Don't beat yourself up for a wandering mind during meditation. Meditation is an experience, there's no right or wrong way.
*When in doubt just focus on your breath.
*Reap the benefits~ these have been scientifically proven
-->Reduces stress, anxiety, addictions, memory loss, blood pressure, pain
-->Promotes better emotional health, self-awareness, kindness, attention span, sleep
*Share the benefits with others. The world would be a much more peaceful place if everyone spent time calming their minds & feeding their souls.
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Here's to channeling your inner zen,