The mind sure can busy itself with thoughts, huh? Thought after thoughts turning on the wheel, oftentimes causing us to feel anxiety or fear. It’s certainly kept me from falling asleep many nights.
Meditation is a technique that’s been around for many years and used all around the world. In fact, many consider it a spiritual practice that ultimately brings them more inner peace. By sitting in silence, turning the attention within to the breath, less thoughts arise. You feel more in touch with your spiritual essence, which can feel rather good.
Meditation Helps Mind, Body, and Spirit
If you’ve never tried meditating, it’s worth trying. It’s not only beneficial for emotional healing, but it’s helpful physically and spiritually. It reduces stress, helps with concentration, gives your self-awareness a boost, helps you feel happier, and more. In fact, there are plenty of scientifically validated reasons that ought to get you motivated to start meditating regularly – starting today.
The hardest thing about meditation is actually taking the time to do it. Most people won’t do it. You’d think that sitting quietly and focusing on your breath for a few minutes would be a piece of cake, but it’s not.
We live in a society where noise is constant, and people are hustling much of the time. And, when they’re not busy, they’ve got their laptops, mobile phones or iPad out.
It doesn’t take much to notice. Look around while you’re out and about. Many people are fiddling with their phones, even when they’re hanging out with others. It can become habitual to start playing on your phone when you’re bored, waiting for something, riding in a cab, etc. Rather than take a few minutes to rest and go within, it’s just easier to “do” something.
Meditation As A Discipline
As I mentioned, the hardest thing about meditation is actually making the commitment to practice it regularly. When I first started meditating, it was tough to sit there for one minute. I got bored very fast and started thinking about all sorts of things.
Eventually, I turned to guided meditations to help.
Guided meditations are meditations where a person gently guides you toward relaxation or a particular goal, such as less anxiety or more self-love.
They can really help you shift your focus and grow personally and spiritually. It’s quite easy to engage with a guided meditation, as all you have to do is sit or lie down, close your eyes, and listen to the meditation with an open mind. There are plenty of wonderful guided meditations on YouTube.
Meditation For Beginners
Meditation has been popular in the East for many centuries and is deemed to be a superb practice for enhancing relaxation, peace, and joy in one’s life.
If you want to learn more about meditation, follow these easy steps to incorporate such a beneficial practice in your life. There are various types of meditation. This is a simple form.
1. Find A Quiet Spot
Meditation is a practice where you get super focused on your breath. The first step is to find a relaxing and quiet spot to practice meditation. You can sit with your legs crossed on the floor if you choose. Keep your back straight, yet relaxed. If sitting on the floor is difficult, sit in a comfortable chair or lie down. You simply want to feel relaxed and not have any distractions around.
2. Concentrate On The Breath
Take two to three deep breaths. Inhale deeply and slowly, focusing on the air going into your lungs. Then exhale slowly while concentrating on the breath leaving the lungs, while relaxing every muscle in your body. You want to really focus on letting go of all stress while you focus on the inhale and exhale. Once you have taken your deep breaths, continue to focus on your inhale and exhale as you breathe naturally.
3. Let Go Of Thoughts
One of the reasons you concentrate on your breathing is because when you do this, by default you are not focusing on thoughts running around your mind. Have you noticed that you seem to be thinking thoughts all the time? You think even when you don’t want to! As you keep your attention on your breathing, your thoughts should decrease. However, it’s normal for thoughts to arise at times. Simply witness and acknowledge the thought, and then let it go. You can even imagine the thought dissolving, floating away, or washing away down a river.
4. Introduce A Mantra
A mantra is a word or phrase that tends to be positive. In meditation, you can concentrate on and repeat a mantra, as it may help you stay focused. “Om” is a common mantra that is used, but there are many others. Om is said to be the sound vibration of the universe. Do a little research to see what kinds of mantras appeal to you.
How Often Should You Meditate?
The time you commit to meditation is completely up to you. Beginners usually start off with five or ten minutes, but go with what you feel comfortable with. The more you meditate, the longer you will be able to sit quietly. Seasoned meditators can meditate for 30 minutes to an hour at a time without a problem, but do what works for you. You might want to attend a meditation class to learn more about the ancient practice. It will certainly serve you well.
The Power Of Meditation
Granted, not everyone cares to try meditation, and that’s alright. But many people have reported positive benefits as they committed to the practice. Over the years, I’ve found that regular meditation helps me contend with less anxiety and fear. It helps me remember that I am not my emotions. It also helps me better learn how to navigate all my emotions and feel more connected to my higher power.
There are many free guided meditations online and I’ve taken advantage of many of them. If you’re dealing with fear, find one on fear. If you’re having a difficult time loving yourself, find one about self-worth. There are meditations on just about every topic, including decreasing anxiety, fear of abandonment, jealousy, and so on.
I firmly believe that if you will consistently take time to listen to guided meditations, you will experience some positive changes in your life. It’s the CONSISTENCY that many people will not commit to. They’ll do it once or twice (or not at all), and then say “It doesn’t work for me.”
Discipline yourself, dear one, to do small things consistently, and over time, you’ll see favorable results.
Here are some guided meditations to try at your leisure: