What is it? How do you do it? Can anyone do it?
These are questions many people have on this subject and as a result, refrain from doing it!
Some may think it is a way out, hippie kind of thing to do, as you sit on a mountain, cross legged chanting ‘Om’.
Meditation is simply the act of connecting within yourself. By being present, in breath, you are fully in awareness.
Prayer is when you ask for answers – Meditation is when you receive the answers.
While many people think that meditation is a state of emptying the mind, it is not. We are human, we have a mind and we have lives. Lives that contain many facets. So even though one may think that in order to meditate you need to have an empty mind, in actual fact, the key is awareness.
To acknowledge you have the laundry to do, the kids to drop off, the shopping to get, the bills to pay is important in our everyday lives. But the key is, once you have acknowledged it, then LET IT GO.
Bring your awareness to your breath and as soon as you find your mind wandering again, (which it will!) then continue on your breath. This is a simple way to become accustomed to meditating and being aware and alert.
Keep in mind…
• Meditation has no hard and fast rules
• Meditation doesn’t mean you have to sit cross legged and chant ‘Om’
• Meditation doesn’t make you a hippie
• Meditation is not for the weird, spaced out type
• Meditation doesn’t have to be done sitting on top of a mountain
• Meditation doesn’t have to take a long time
Now, I would like to highlight how meditation can help you…
• Meditation helps you to remain calm in any situation
• Meditation reduces stress
• Meditation can reduce patterns of negative thoughts or fears
• Meditation gets you out of your head and into your body
• Meditation assists in remaining calm in high stress jobs or crisis situations
• Meditation allows you to own and release emotions without being overwhelmed by them
• Meditation helps to cultivate deeper love and appreciation of yourself and others
5 tips to incorporate mindfulness into your life:
1. Set aside just 5 minutes in your day, to be aware of your breath. Breathe in through your nose slowly, and out through your mouth, slowly. The key is to do it slowly.
2. When you are on your lunch break, or morning or evening walk, take this time to really centre yourself. Be present. Focus on your breathing and take in some fresh air.
3. When you have your shower, whether it be in the morning or evening, make this a time purely for yourself – NOT your TO DO list! Close your eyes and really feel the water cleansing away any worries.
4. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, or nervous about something, bring your awareness to your breath. Each time your mind wanders, bring it back to your breath.
5. When going about your daily routine, incorporate mindfulness into the activity. For instance, when you are vacuuming, be aware of your breathing, your stance and feel how your body responds when you do this. When sitting on a crowded train, bring your awareness to your posture, your breath. Engage your core muscles and breathe in slowly and out slowly.
By incorporating small amounts of mindfulness into your daily life, you will find yourself being able to hold this awareness for longer. You will soon notice how much calmer you feel and this will spur you on to keep going, maybe even doing guided meditations or simply longer ones.
Here’s to a peaceful day!