In the hectic lives we all live in our modern world, it can be extremely difficult to take a break and switch off for a moment. That’s why I decided to try meditation last year. I used to think it was kind of a ‘hippie’ thing that I’d never be able to get the hang of, but fast forward a year later and it’s an integral part of my daily routine. And all it takes is 10 minutes.
What are the benefits?
- An increased sense of calmness
- Better ability to focus
- Less worry – I’m able to let things go a lot easier and I’m more accepting
- Gained a clearer mind
- Less negative thoughts
Benefits can differ slightly from person to person but those are the ones I’ve gained.
Meditation Guide for Beginners
1. Find a quiet area where you can sit by yourself and not feel distracted.
2. Sit down cross-legged wherever you feel the most comfortable – I like to meditate on the floor or on my bed.
3. Roll back your shoulders and align your body so you’re sitting up straight but don’t strain yourself, this should be calming. If you’re finding it difficult to figure out then picture your spine straightening and your head rises. Your back will open up and your neck will follow.
4. Find the arm position which is most comfortable for you, I like to rest my wrists on my knees with my hands palms up. Any way will work.
5. Take in a deep breath through your nose with your eyes closed and mentally collate your stress in one place. As you breath out through your mouth, imagine you are blowing away the stress and releasing it from your body. Repeat this a few times.
6. Continue with this breathing pattern and focus on it. Count your breaths to ten and then start over from one.
7. Now I want you just to breathe. You don’t have to think about anything, just breathe.
8. Take in your surroundings and acknowledge all of your senses as you slowly open your eyes.
It can take some time making sure your mind doesn’t drift too much but eventually your body learns to take a break. I think at first we can be quite reluctant to just let go and it can feel strange but I found that after every mediation session, I felt better and better.
I spend about 10 minutes meditating everyday and honestly the time flies by. You can set an alarm or timer if you really want but I feel as if it ruins the feeling so I just like to stop when I feel fully at ease.
Thank you for reading and I really hope this has helped you! Have you tried mediation? If you’ve got any other methods of mediation then leave a comment, I’d love to try new techniques!
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