It’s rare that I meet someone and meditation not be brought up in conversation. It has become an integral part of my life. I feel so passionately that if we all would dedicate time to meditation everyday, we would continue to see a major uprise in compassion, kindness, connectedness, honesty, forgiveness and understanding. So whenever someone tells me about a drama or challenging situation they are experiencing, my first question is usually, “Do you meditate?”
Some say “Yes!” and a lot of people say something along the lines of, “I would meditate, but I tried once and my brain and thoughts are just all over the place. I don’t think I can really meditate.”
My response usually goes like this, “That’s why we meditate.”
And then they usually say, “No, like, my thoughts are insane. Like, crazy. I can’t sit for that long.”
“MINE TOO!” :)
We have an average of 48.6 thoughts per minute (according to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at the University of Southern CA). I think I have more than that, but if I tried counting, would that add more thoughts for me to count? Haha!
Yes, the goal of meditation is to quiet the mind, but if we get caught up in the idea that “if we are meditating, then we should not have thoughts,” we might want to give up because we will feel defeated every time we have thoughts. The thoughts are going to happen!
I have learned (and practiced) so many different types of meditation over the past 7 years, so I am not going to share them all now.. But I do want to share a simple way to begin if you are feeling inclined to meditate!
If you are a beginner to meditation or have tried to meditate and given up, here's a simple way to start so that you won't feel intimidated or overwhelmed...
Drink some water (warm water if possible for the digestive system).
Brush your teeth.
Find a quiet & comfortable place to sit.
Sit with your spine straight, legs crossed (feet flat on the floor if you’re in a chair).
Set timer on your phone for 5 minutes.
Place your hands facing up or down on your thighs.
Close your eyes.
Breathe into your belly.
Focus your gaze toward your third eye or ajna chakra (between eyebrows).
Keep breathing until the timer goes off (and then keep breathing after that, hehe).
If thoughts come up, notice them. Refrain from judging them. It’s most likely that in the beginning, you will notice some crazy, and sometimes scary thoughts. This is because you may have not yet allowed yourself to sit for long enough to notice all of the thoughts happening. It’s okay. You are not a bad person for these thoughts. In fact, you’ll begin to learn that these thoughts aren’t even your own.
I want to invite you to do this every morning for 11 days. If you feel you can do more than 5 minutes, then go to 7 or 10 or 15… Follow your intuition with it. This practice can be very simple and it will transform your life.
You will start to notice that you are less reactive and more responsive.
You will start to see yourself judging less and cultivating more compassion.
You will see your anxiety lower and your joy heighten.
You will notice more love for yourself and all that surrounds you.
If you would like more guidance on your meditation journey, I offer a complimentary 30 minute video chat. We will talk about your journey with meditation and see if I can continue to help you further along on your path to self love.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or message me through this page to set up a time. :)
As always, I love hearing back from you! Let me know if you try the 11 days and/or if you have any more questions about it.
You are blessed and you are a blessing.