Just make the time…. that’s all that matters
Often people let their practice go too quickly because they are concerned they’re not doing it right or think that in order to receive the benefits they need more time.
I am here to tell you that there is no wrong way to meditate, and that even 5 minutes a day is beneficial.
The most important thing is to just start and to be gentle and kind to yourself, and release any preconceived ideas or expectations.
Below are my tips for starting your practice:
- Be Kind to Yourself – It is normal for your mind to wander during meditation, you may even experience boredom or feel restless. When this happens, release judgement of yourself and come into a place of acceptance, learn to be with these feelings. By doing so you are laying down the foundation for accepting challenges you may experience in daily life.
2. Make Yourself Comfortable – Meditation can be practised anywhere and in any position. For some that may be sitting, for others laying down. The most important thing is you are free from any discomfort that may draw your focus. Unless you are engaging in a meditation for sleep, your posture should allow you to feel both relaxed and alert.
3. Any meditation is better than none – Whilst a long meditation of half an hour or more is powerful, never underestimate the benefit of a short meditation. If your daily routine is more conducive to a 5-10 minute meditation it is better that you commit and engage in this practice than not meditating at all.
4. When to Meditate – This is very personal and again is dependant on your lifestyle. Although the hours before sunrise are considered prime for meditation, most experts say that anytime you can meditate is a good time. For some a morning meditation is powerful to set them up for the day and they enjoy rising early to engage in their practice whilst the rest of the house is quiet. For others, a morning meditation causes too much stress they prefer to meditate at the end of the day. Basically, it is a great way to start or end your day, and an excellent break in the middle of the day. When creating a daily habit it is beneficial to carve out space in your schedule the same time each day and commit to following through.
5. Create a Designated Space – Although meditation can be practised anywhere, creating a calming meditation space can allow you to more easily transition into your meditation. Taking a few moments to come into this space and unwind can help encourage your focus and keep your mind from wandering. Having said this, I have often sat in my car at school pick up and settled into a 5 minute meditation to reset before i move through the rest of the afternoon.
6. Start with a few deep breaths to calm the body – It is beneficial to take our body out of its “Fight or Flight” response prior to meditating. Take some time to settle into your posture, bring your awareness to your breath and take a few deep breaths. This will trigger your relaxation response (he opposite of your “Fight or Filght” encouraging your body to relax and feel safe and at ease.
7. Try guided meditation apps or a class – Its difficult to stick to a practice on your own, so I encourage you to try using an app, or attending a class.
Through SWC I am here to support you in creating your calm and a daily meditation habit. I host both online and studio classes, offer personalised meditations and regular meditation challenges. These are all available to book Here
I would love to help you create a daily meditation habit.
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