How many times have you tried to meditate, or at least, told yourself you need to meditate? You’ve recognized the benefits of this practice but still can’t muster the energy to commit. If that sounds like you, don’t worry I’ve been there too.
Meditation sounds intense, serious, and maybe even a little intimidating. For the longest time I thought there was only one proper way to meditate, that was, sitting crossed-legged on the floor in silence for at least 20 minutes. I thought that was the way you needed to meditate and I even felt like guided meditation with an app was cheating.
Luckily I had the wake-up call that there’s no such thing as cheating as meditation! All it has to do is work for you.
I wasn’t sure if I should write about an article about meditation because I am quite the beginner myself but then that’s when I realized I need to write it even more. You don’t have to be an expert yogi, a guru, or a spiritual being to talk about meditation.
Meditation is a simple tool that helps you calm your mind and stay present. And just a few minutes can make a huge difference. So if you like sitting in your bed at night, lying on the floor, or joining your guided meditation at your local yoga studio it doesn’t matter!
As Dixya from Food, Pleasure, & Health are starting our self-care challenge this Wednesday (10 days of meditation and mindfulness activities) I’d like to share a few meditation tips that work for me:
- Download the app Headspace: It took me a while to get used to Headspace but this app has made meditation much more approachable and fun. I actually love the feeling of completing a series and moving onto the next and love how they offer different guided series for sleep, anxiety, and more. I kept with the free version for months before buying a subscription.
- Choose a time of day: It’s easier to meditate if you commit to the same time everyday. For me it happened to be right before going to bed. However for this challenge I am going to commit to doing it first thing in the morning.
- Find a comfortable spot/position in your home: Try choosing an area in your home that isn’t associated with chaos or stress. Find a comfortable pillow or yoga mat and create your own meditation corner. Maybe start a collection of essential oils, plants to set the tone :).
Why do we meditate? To calm the mind, to cope with stress or anxiety, to stay present. I honestly think we should be taught about meditation as we are taught to brush our teeth. The earlier we start incorporating it into our lifestyles, the easier it becomes.