Meditation has been practiced for centuries, it is only in recent years with scientific evidence showing the profound benefits of meditation that it is now becoming popular.
In our fast paced busy society full of distractions, its not a wonder people are looking for something to bring some peace and calm into their lives. I was one of the busy, distracted, stressed, anxious humans going through the motions each day. I was working at building a successful business from the ground up, while at the same time going through different health problems. I ended up realising I needed to do something to help myself reduce the stress in my life, so I decided to try meditation. I will be honest and say I didn’t find it easy at first, however I persisted, then I started to notice the positive changes happening in me and around me due to my meditation practice.
If you would like to start your own meditation practice here are some helpful tips to get you started on your own daily meditation journey.
1. Create yourself a special space to meditate in –
If you are limited with space, it could be a special chair or cushion in your home or a room set aside especially for meditation. This is a special space just for you, even if it is a chair or cushion, have anything you need for your practice in your space. You may have a journal and pen, essential oils, candle ready to light. Create a space you love and look forward to being in.
2. Create a ritual –
Each time you go to meditate have a ritual, this could be simply lighting a candle or burning incense. Putting on soft soothing music or maybe even creating a mandala using crystals. Doing this will connect you to your meditation practice and help you create a regular daily practice that you look forward to each day. The one ritual I started with and still do is to light incense. I have other rituals I have added over time. This can be a magical time, something sacred and very special that you look forward to doing.
3. Meditate at the same time each day –
Meditating at the same time each day will help you create a habit. Choose a time to suit you best and then try and stick to that time for a while until you have established a habit of daily meditation. Eventually you will find you cant live without your daily meditation practise, you will then be able to experiment with different times and places.
4. Keep a journal –
Keeping a journal is a great way to keep track of your meditation practise. You may like to write of your experiences or any insights that may come through self -inquiry, you may like to write about any obstacles. Observe your mind and notice any excuses you may be giving yourself as to why you shouldn’t meditate and write about this. There are many different ways you can use your journal, this is a wonderful self healing tool.
5. Attend a group and or find a meditation teacher –
Attending an effective meditation group can be beneficial. Meditating in a group can reinforce your commitment to your practise. The energy created in group meditation may help you go into deeper states of meditation. Studies have also shown that meditating in groups can increase peace within your community. Finding the right teacher for you is important, here is a link to the Australian Centre for Holistic Studies qualified meditation teachers throughout Australia. https://www.holisticstudies.com.au/find-a-teacher/
6. Go easy on yourself –
Start off with meditating for short periods at a time. You may like to start with 5 mins then add a minute a day as you feel ready. Once you have established your habit of meditation you can then lengthen the time.
7. Start with your breath –
Mindful, conscious breathing relaxes the body and calms the mind. Bring your awareness to your breath and gently come back to your breath each time you notice you are thinking. This is a simple yet effective meditation.
Meditation has completely changed my life, I am so grateful for the gift of meditation. If you would like to learn more about meditation I would love to hear from you.
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Warm blessings Lizzy