The terms mindfulness and meditation are now commonplace in the media but what do they actually mean? Keep reading to find out!
Throughout our lives we all face obstacles, how we overcome them and become stronger and wiser because of them is vastly dependant on two things:
- Learning easy to use techniques that enable us to be mindful and present.
- Incorporating these techniques into our everyday lives as if they were as important as eating breakfast or brushing your teeth.
Meditation is used in so many different and fascinating ways, there is no right or wrong way to meditate!
- Listen to a guided meditation that will focus on a particular area of interest.
- Quieten your mind to a piece of meditation music.
- Or simply sit quietly and follow your breath.
Try this tip if you are new to meditation
You can use words that have meaning to you – For instance when you take a slow deep breath in – you can think ‘calm’… hold for a moment … and on your slow deep breath out …. You can think ‘love’ or ‘compassion’ or whatever intention you choose.
Learning to quieten your mind to begin with can feel a little strange. Thoughts will automatically enter your mind and you will catch yourself getting caught in the stories that begin to unfold or become lost in a past memory or remembering something you need to do. This is normal as the mind never rests and this is the main reason meditation is so important. You are training the mind to focus in a different way that has wonderful benefits.
Mediation is believed to:
Reduce stress, Improve concentration, Increase self – awareness, slow aging, and increase happiness and acceptance!
Meditation is a great way of reconnecting with your higher being!
Feeling more connected or even guided in making big decisions on your unique journey can feel extremely comforting and reassuring.
Meditation is easy and so beneficial to you and those you care about. You can start with as little as 5 minutes a day and build it up, as you experience the benefits you will naturally increase your practice more and more.
Find a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed
(You can create a relaxing atmosphere by lighting a candle or some incense)
Sit comfortably with your spine straight or you can lie down
Close your eyes and remind yourself:
This moment is yours – you do not need to be anywhere else or doing anything other than taking this moment for yourself
Take a slow deep breath in through your nose, as you inhale feel the sensation of breath travel through your nose and follow your breath as your belly expands
Pause for a moment
Slowly exhale through your mouth again following your breath feeling the sensations of the breath leaving your body
Repeat this several times before you enter into a meditative state of mind.
There are lots of free guided meditations resources around. I particularly enjoy a free app called ‘Insight Timer’ where you can listen to guided meditations, meditation music and talks on various interesting subjects.