Ok, don’t get nervous… I’m not going to get all voodoo on you.
When you hear the word “meditate,” what images come to mind? Sitting cross-legged on a pillow, eyes closed, possibly chanting? A religious group engaged in deep and mindful concentration?
Meditation is not a scary or religious in any way. You do not have to sit cross-legged, wear a robe, chant, or light incense. It is simply learning how to focus your breath and quiet your mind. When the mind is quiet, amazing things can happen, you can hear your body and what it needs. This is a great way to support your emotional well being and your brain function.
Meditation is not as hard as it may seem, however it does take practice and commitment. If you want to build your muscles in your body and get in shape, you go to the gym. You can’t see results in one day or 3 days, but over a period of time you see the best results. It’s the same way for meditation. The more you do it, the better the results.
Here is a quick and easy way to start meditation.You can practice this meditation right where you are now, whether you are sitting in a chair, on the cousch, or even at work, anywhere works.
To start, learn how to breath properly. Read this then try it, don’t do both at one time.
Keep your back straight up in the chair, no slouching, Sense your feet and wiggle your toes around. Let your feet and toes relax. Now notice your shoulders and rest your hands in your lap. Close your eyes. Breath in, feel the air come into your nostrils, travel down the back of your throat going deep into your lower abdomen, breath out and follow your breath traveling up from deep in your belly and out through your nostrils.
When you are breathing focus your attention on your sense of hearing, notice all the sounds around you. Notice any sounds coming from inside you?
There’s nothing else to do except just sit there and breath for a few moments. When you have reached 10 breaths, count up or down, wiggle your toes, open your eyes and relax. That’s it, simple and easy.
Meditation works most effectively when practiced every day, so start simple but stay consistent. It is more effective to meditate for just five minutes a day, at the same time every day, than for 20 minutes once or twice a week.
As you experience the benefits, experiment with new meditations. Meditation will help to slow your mind from the fast-paced nature of today’s environment, allowing your intuition to show itself more strongly and aligning you more with your intentions. Now, just take the time to do this every day if you can, you will feel more grounded.