Recently a bunch of you have said to me that you don’t know how to meditate. It’s actually simpler than you think. There are so many ways; really you need to find what works best for you.
Regardless of which you choose, consistency is key. Personally I like to start my day in meditation. Not only am I much more present and centered when I do, but I also think more clearly and get things done more easily.
It’s up to you if you want music or no music while you’re meditating. You may even like bells (see Number 3 below).
Here are some ideas to get you started:
1: Focus on your breath.
This is the easiest form and can be done anywhere, anytime. Close your eyes and simply focus on your breathing. If any thoughts try to distract you, don’t fight them, let them move through you and refocus on your breath.
Ultimately, you want to get your breath down into your belly, not up in your lungs. It’s also more calming if you can breathe in through your nose, and out through your mouth.
The key is to be present to what you’re experiencing. Becoming the observer versus participating in what you’re thinking/feeling.
This particular category is huge and can branch out. Here are a few examples:
From a place of stillness, you focus on words or phrases.
3: Guided Meditation.
Beyond YouTube, there are great apps with guided meditations to help so that you simply follow along. I like Insight Timer and I’ve heard about Calm and Headspace but can’t speak to them.
Insight Timer has tons of free meditations for any issue you have, however my favorite part is the bells you can set to go off at intervals. I find it very peaceful and it helps me focus. There are 10 different bells in the timer section so that you can customize what you want.
4: Active Meditation.
This is what I do and what I’ve talked about with you all: grounding myself, running earth and cosmic energy, and doing chakra work. While I absolutely start from a place of focused stillness, I then move on. For me, it works best because my mind is super active so if I engage it to set up my space, then I feel much more present and empowered and can have those moments of quiet nothingness afterwards.
5: Movement Meditation.
Yoga, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong are all ways to get present and into your body with specific focused movements. Walking in nature can also be very meditative if you simply focus on the trees and the sky - all of your surroundings, and release all thoughts.
You can add-on to any form above that you like, such as being in the energy of gratitude and making a gratitude list or doing a chakra cleanse (more on that in an upcoming week). Also, any act of creativity can be meditative: painting, dancing, even cooking, provided you are present to it and enjoying it versus being in your head over thinking.
Ultimately, you need to surrender to an energy greater than you and allow yourself to relax and experience presence and peace. All of your power is in the now, and meditation is a way to bring you fully here.
Me, just sharing ways to make you the best you can be!