Meditation is one of the most underrated self-love practices. Many people think that meditation is for hippies or religious purposes. But it really isn’t. Meditation is a time to stop your mind, to take a breather from the constant movement of the world around us. Even when we sleep our minds are thinking and moving around. I know for me when I dream or have a nightmare it feels like I was running all night long. So why don’t we take a breather, and meditate for a minute.
If you are anything like me you can never find a minute to just relax. I feel like even when I have nothing to do there are a million things I could be doing. Meditation is one of those things that calms me down completely. I do not do it nearly enough and I plan on changing that. As I motivate myself to start meditating more, I hope to help you start or add more of it to your life as well.
- Meditation Location
The first step I would say to adding meditation to your life is to make a meditation spot. When I spent the summer in Oregon I made the beach my mediation spot. Not all of us are so lucky, and I certainly can’t do that now since I am in the middle of a desert. So I have other plans. I am currently in the process of making a massive floor pillow to use as my mediation pillow. You can use anything you would like, just put it in a place you can be left uninterrupted and make it as comfortable as you can.
- Meditation Style
The next step is finding what form of meditation works best for you. Some people sit in complete silence and listen to the sound of their breath, some listen to calming music, and others like me listen to guided meditations. Whatever works for you is the best thing. I have found that in complete silence it is harder to keep my mind clear. I start to think about all that I need to do or situations I wish I could have done differently. None of that helps me relax. So guided meditations by The Honest Guys on YouTube is how I roll. Find what works for you and stick to it.
- Meditation Length and Time
Meditating does not need to be an hour long activity. It can be as short at five minutes. Studies have shown that focusing on your breath and clearing your mind for even that short of a time every few days can be extremely beneficial to your health. Start out slow and work your way up to meditating longer. Stick to what is comfortable and relaxing to you. This is not a competition. Add meditation in where you can to your current life, or even make extra time for it. You can meditate first thing in the morning to start on a positive note, right before a meeting or exam, or even right before you go to sleep at night. Guided sleep meditations can be amazing if you are having difficulty falling asleep.
- Why Meditation
Mediation can be what keeps you from going crazy during a busy week. It can stop you from yelling at your partner even though your anger has nothing to do with them. It can keep you calm through a final exam. It can bring light to a dark time. It can do anything and everything you need it to because it is all about you. Mediation is an amazing form of self-love and care. It shows your mind and body that you appreciate all the work it is doing and that you would be happy to give it a little rest. It has so many physical benefits, like lowering your heart rate and keeping your blood pressure down. It helps release tense muscles and keeps your body feeling rejuvenated. It helps your mind stop thinking so fast. Your mind can slow down for a few minutes are recharge itself. It makes all of the “huge” problems in your life seem so much smaller. It changes your mindset and allows you to have mindfulness. The benefits are mind-blowing.
I hope this helps you start your meditation journey. Take a moment to breathe deeply and clear your mind. Look on YouTube for guided meditations or listen to some music and focus on your breath. It can be difficult when thoughts come into your mind. Simply thank them and let them go. They can come back another time, because right now, you are the most important thing.