When it comes to meditation, there is what people think it is, what people think it does, and what it really is and does. There are misconceptions, different synonyms, and so forth but the main thing is to know that it truly is for, and can benefit, everyone. With today’s Full Moon in Aries, we are coming upon a time that will make us combative and reactive, so the best way to be mindful and balance out that fiery energy is to meditate. Let’s get into how to develop a good meditation habit.
When it comes to meditation, there is no such thing as doing it wrong. Following your inner spirit will guide you to the form of practice that connects with you.Danielle Marie – The Blooming Magnolia
As the quote from Danielle Marie (Certified Guided Meditation Practitioner) states, there is no right or wrong way to approach meditation – as long as you can get into the mindset of just being.
The key to starting a good meditation is to learn to relax and just breathe. Breathing helps keep you calm and cool; especially deep breaths. This is why anger management teaches breathing exercises. It helps you to forget what is running rampant in your brain and to simply focus on breathing which helps you to relax. When going into a meditative state, sit still, close your eyes, and just breathe deep, mindful breaths.
This is great for anyone who has tried to meditate and their biggest complaint is “I can’t shut my mind off”. Best solution for that? Don’t. This is the time ti be mindful of what you are thinking and why. Are there any thoughts that keep replaying? Why are they important in your conscious and subconscious? You apparently like to think so think on that. Take note of what is happening in your mind, mental notes, and revisit and dissect them later. If you are a visual thinker, take note of what visions are running across your mind. Don’t try to make sense of them, just notate them. There are a lot of messages that happen in mindful meditation – you just have to be aware of their existence.
Tap Into Your Senses.
Focus on one or more of your five senses. Focus on your inhale and exhale. The flame of the candle you use to set the mood. The smell of the incense or essential oil you used to heighten your spiritual experiense. The sounds of a singing bowl or guided meditation. The feel of the grass you are sitting or standing in or a crystal you may be working with. If you focus on one thing, it takes your mind of off other things. This is a great way to tap deeper into yourself. Once you have zoned in this state of being, ask yourself any questions you need answers to. The first thought that pops into your head is usually your answer. Just know you need to be in the deep meditative state first to really hear this answer. Use your senses as your guide.
Be Ok with Being Alone.
Group meditations are great but if you are easily distracted, learn to be ok with being alone. There isn’t a better feeling that being ok with your own company. Meditating alone keeps you focused on the task at hand and also gives you time to literally just be. Who doesn’t want to have a time of no responsibilities? I know I do. Guided meditations are great alone as well. You can let your imagination run wild and have no inhibitions in the process.
Meditation has so many great benefits with the main one being a decrease in stress, anxiety, and blood pressure. The ability to calm oneself anywhere is priceless. I am aware of how great it is and fell off myself so just know you will have ups and downs but just be consistent. Only 20 minutes a day can change your entire life. The best part is you can do all of these things in the comfort of your own home. I will be taking my own advice and get back into my daily practices. How about you? Do you meditate and if not, will you start? Chime in below and let me know.