Let’s face it, life can get a little overwhelming at times. When this happens, it is important to have an outlet that quiets your mind, centers your thoughts and brings you back to earth with a smile.
Meditation helps us find mental clarity, emotional steadiness, and physical body awareness. Meditation is also said to support wellness in the physical body because it is a powerful stress reliever.
Here are some 6 steps to start your meditation:
1. Find a quiet, peaceful space
Establish an area where you can be alone and uninterrupted. This can be in your home or outside.
2. Get comfortable
Wear comfy clothing, drink some water, sit on a pillow, and light a candle or some incense.
3. Sit down and dig in
A common meditation posture is seated with your legs crossed, back straight, and hands resting gently on your lap. This is the recommended position as it opens you heart and airways and lets your lower body relax.
The important thing here is to just be comfortable. If that means laying down or sitting in your favorite chair DO IT.
4. Close your eyes and begin deepening your breath
Counting helps. Try inhaling for a count of 6, holding for a count of 2, and exhaling for 6. Giving your mind this simple task to focus on will help clear your head.
5. Don’t set expectations!
Simply sit down and experience what happens. Do this for just 5 minutes and notice the shift in your thoughts and how you feel.
6. Set a routine
Meditating at the same time each day helps you get comfortable in the practice. Meditating first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed is easiest.
This brings us to another huge benefit of finding a meditation practice – meditation allows us to take a step back from what causes us stress and cope in a healthy, positive and empowering way.
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