Do you ever get stressed, anxious, overwhelmed or just feel a bit off?
Are you open to try new things?
Would you like to be happier, or find inner peace?
Are you willing to try new things, even if they may seem strange or uncomfortable when you start?
If you answered yes to any of those questions then meditation may be for you.
Some people avoid meditation for various reasons like that they may feel ‘silly’, or that they think they are ‘too fidgety to sit down not doing anything’, or that they will ‘never be able to stop thinking’.
To all of that I say try it, what’s the worst that could happen? You feel a bit silly? Or you could end up feeling relaxed, yet energized with a new sense of peace.
Be relaxed and realistic about it. Don’t say ‘I’m going to try meditation for the first time, for an hour, and try chanting Sanskrit’. Instead give yourself a more realistic goal like ‘I’m going to try meditation for 5 minutes and see how I feel’.
What do I need to meditate?
NOTHING. Just you and some alone time. You can add aromatherapy, or relaxing music but it’s not necessary.
- Make sure there are no distractions or minimal (turn the T.V off and your phone on silent)
- If you decided to include aromatherapy or music set this up now
- Find a comfy seat. You can sit on the floor with your legs crossed, or lie down on a yoga mat, or if you have any physical impairments you can sit wherever you are comfortable
- Set a timer for 5 minutes
- Focusing only on your breathing take a deep breath in for 4 seconds, hold your breath for 7 seconds and breath out for 8 seconds
- Close your eyes and repeat this breathing pattern
- When any thoughts or worries come into your minds do not let this discourage you. This is completely normal. Acknowledge the thought by saying something like ‘thank you for coming into my mind, now is not the time, I will think about you later.’
- Then come back to your concious breathing pattern until the alarm goes off
- When the alarm goes off see how you feel and continue for longer if you like