Life gets crazy. I’ll be the first one to admit this. But sadly when life gets the most over crazy we often ignore our need to slow down and take things one at a time. But the truth is this is when you need to hit the pause button the most.
Many of us have heard of meditation, maybe you have done it before in a yoga class, but what if you are new? According to Yoga International, meditation is the process of quieting the mind and exploring the center of our consciousness. When I first started practicing meditation I could never relax and fully embrace the moment. But what I came to realize was that it just takes time and some practice, and in the end you will be glad you gave yourself this time to take a break (even 5 minutes is all you need).
Ready to give meditation a try? Follow these steps and you will be well on your way to a successful practice:
1. Get your space ready
Your meditation space is your space so make it your own! Just make sure your space is free of clutter, noise, and distractions. If a blanket or cushion will make you more comfortable, grab it! If you are on the go whether in the car or at work just make sure you have some uninterrupted time to yourself (if you are in the car make sure you are parked in a safe space)
2. Get what you need to be comfortable
A blanket or cushion is in all honesty all you really need, and if you don’t have that? Not a problem! But if you are trying to make meditation a part of your every day routine there are some excellent ways to take your practice to the next level. One of my favorites are the Aveda Chakra Body Spray Set. Not sure which of your chakras could use a little balance? Find out here. Another great addition to your practice are oracle cards. To some this takes some getting used to, but if you are willing to have an open mind, these cards can get great intention setters, and there is really no wrong way to use them. Get your deck here.
3. Okay but what about the meditation part?
So you have your space set up and any props you need, now you are ready for the meditation part. For some, sitting quietly for 5+ minutes is perfect, but for others, including myself, I needed someone to help guide me through a meditation practice. A great app I found, Buddhify is extremely user friendly and has guided mediations ranging in length and what kind of practice you need (i.e. going to sleep, can’t sleep, pain & illness, etc.). The app is $5 but in all honesty it is so worth the price. And it is available for IOS and Android. I will often start a meditation before I go to bed and it’s one of the best ways to fall asleep.
What has been your experience with meditation? Let me know below!