To start, let’s look at what meditation is.
Meditation is a practice of awareness. When we are in a state of meditation we are calm and peaceful but alert. Regular meditation trains your mind to become present, calm, and free of worry. It's also a great way to boost your mental strength! There are many types of meditation. But you don’t have to complicate it. Meditation is simply focusing on your breath in the present moment and letting go of past and future thoughts and worries. It’s important to note that meditation is not complicated and not religious. It definitely is not sitting cross-legged for hours on end. But, meditation can be practiced for hours on end and it can be religious.
However, if you are just starting out 1 minute a day will be enough to get results.
So, What's The Benefits Of Meditation
That brings us on to the benefits. So what are the benefits of meditation?
Meditation has so many benefits for the mind, body, and soul. Ultimately, it brings us clarity and awareness. This is amazing for your mind that is overrun with negative thoughts and worries. But that’s not all.
Improve overall health.
A daily meditation practice really can change your life. By meditating daily you are calming your mind and body and bringing your thought into the present moment.
You forget about your past and future and focus on the now. This is amazing for everyone!
But it is truly healing for your depression and anxiety. How awesome is that?
If you are yet to practice let me walk you through the steps on how to practice for yourself.
How To Calm Your Mind With Meditation
1. Set a Time
The first thing you need to do is set a time in your day when you are going to meditate.
Meditation is amazing at any time of day, but I suggest starting with as soon as you wake and just before bed. To assure you stick with this, schedule it in your diary.
2. How Long?
Next, choose how long you are going to meditate for. You can meditate for as little or as long as you like. To being, I suggest starting with 2 minutes. 2 minutes may not seem like much, but it is achievable and you will feel the benefits. Also starting small creates a habit that you can then expand on. Set a timer so that you know when to stop.
3. Music or Silence
Now, this is completely up to you. I would recommend some music as it helps to keep you focused and not away in thought. You can find meditation music on YouTube and meditation apps. But feel free to meditate in silence also.
4. Create a Space
Creating a sacred space for meditation makes you want to practice more. Not only that but you have an instant sense of calm entering your meditation space. It’s not necessary, but it sure does help. Think about candles, art, cushions, and blankets.
5. Get Comfy
Ok, so you’re in your space and ready to meditate. But before you start be sure to get comfy.
You don’t want to be distracted by comfort. So, move about, grab your cushion and blanket, set your music, and sit.
It is best to sit with an upright spine, chin slightly tucked and palms open. You can sit on a meditation cushion or a chair. Also, you can lay down if it’s more comfortable. Then gently close down your eyes.
Now breathe deeply and pay attention to your breath. Throughout the whole meditation just focus on your breath and nothing else.
8. Observe Your Thoughts
Allow your thoughts to come and go. Don’t judge them or go deep into thought. Let them pass like a cloud in the sky. Use your mindfulness skills here to help you.
9. To Finish
When the meditation has finished, slowly open your eyes and smile. Take in the feeling of calm and peace and carry it with you throughout your day.
How To Get Results
The trick is to practice daily. You definitely have a spare 2 minutes morning and night.
And if you feel like you don’t then you need this meditation practice the most. So read over this blog again and start preparing for your 2 minutes of meditation today.