Updated: Dec 20, 2019
When we are trying to be someone to everyone, we lose sight of who we truly are. Life is crazy, hectic, and a rush of nonstop places to be and things to do. When was the last time that you sat and soaked up the quiet? The sound of nothing. Would you know what to do with yourself if you found time to close your eyes and just let a million thoughts go quiet in your head?
“Meditation is the journey from sound to silence, from movement to stillness, from a limited identity to unlimited space.” Sri Ravi Shankar
Meditation is the practice of stilling your mind and allowing yourself to be in the present moment. In a society where we seem to applaud busyness, it’s time to step back and allow our minds to be silenced.
Right now, I want you to STOP reading, close your eyes, and sit for 2 minutes. When a thought enters your mind, recognize it, and just allow it to pass.
How do you feel? Relaxed, energized, calm. Now imagine what you will feel like once you begin to create a meditation practice every day. That may seem daunting but here are some tips.
TIPS TO HELP BEGIN A MEDITATION PRACTICE
The point of meditation is to allow your mind to rest. Give yourself a break. You can’t meditate wrong.
Start with 2 minutes
Meditation takes practice. You are not going to be able to begin meditating for 20 minutes. In the beginning, even 5 minutes can be difficult. Start with 2 minutes and work your way up. It isn’t a rush.
Decide on a time and schedule it in
Think of this as an appointment that you have to keep. Put it on your calendar. Tell your family that during this time you will be meditating.
Let your family join in
Do you have kids or a spouse? Getting them started with a meditation practice will help you to keep your commitment to your own. It’s always easier to begin something new when someone is helping you.
Start with guided meditations
I love guided meditations. They help me to focus on something specific that I am working on. Lately, I have started my mornings with a goal guided meditation and using a sacral chakra guided meditation before I meditate in peace at bedtime. I am loving the app, Insight Timer. The girls even listen to the bedtime stories meditations while laying in bed. Our bedtime routine has changed for the better.
I hope that those tips for creating a meditation practice help you. There are so many benefits to meditating. Do you currently have a meditation practice started?