If you’ve been following our blog then you would have seen our last post on mindfulness. If you haven’t, go back and read it here. Now you’re a mindfulness expert, let’s talk a bit about meditation.
If when you think of meditation, you think of hippies, incense and chanting rituals — think again. Meditation isn’t only for people who do yoga or read tarot cards. Meditation is simply a way to calm your mind and slow your thoughts — and it’s for everyone!
Research has shown that practising meditation can have many benefits like decreased stress, anxiety, depression and pain. This explains why many people are using meditation to become more stable in their day-to-day lives and find inner peace.
Are you as intrigued as we are? It sounds almost too good to be true! The thing to remember is that meditation is a skill, just like playing the guitar or knitting a scarf. So learning to meditate takes practise. But just like any other skill, it gets easier the more you do it!
Here are three tips to kick start your meditation journey:
1. Just breathe
Find yourself somewhere comfortable to sit and relax. As you breathe, focus on how the breath feels as it flows in and out of your body. Notice how your chest rises and falls. Just sit and focus on your breathing, nothing else. You can try this exercise at your work desk, in bed, or even while walking to the supermarket!
2. Repeat after me!
Pick a positive word or phrase – like ‘love’, ‘happiness’ or ‘peace’ – and repeat it to yourself for 10-15 minutes after you wake up. Every time your mind drifts (which it will) gently bring your attention back to your word. This will prepare your mind for the day ahead and get your brain thinking positively!
3. Let someone guide the way
If meditating alone seems too daunting, why not enlist the help of a professional? There are plenty of free apps, websites and YouTube clips to help you find your inner zen. Everyone is different – some like relaxing music, others prefer lots of explaining – so make sure you find whatever works best for you.
And in case you’re somewhat like us and directly want to try meditation for yourself, here’s our guided meditation video for 15 minutes of mindfulness.