Create Your Space
It is pretty hard to meditate with people running around the house, phones buzzing or colleagues distracting you. So prepare a meditation space and set aside 10-20 mins where you won’t be disturbed. Turn your phone and computers off. This is your time!
Make Yourself Comfortable
If the idea of sitting cross-legged with your thumb and fore finger in a circle puts you off, no need to worry. This is a posture advanced yogis use for long periods of meditation, but it’s often not very comfortable for the average meditator. Find a comfortable chair with a supportive back (and even some padding). The more comfortable you are, the easier the meditation.
One simple meditation is to sit and observe your breath. Your mind no doubt is racing thinking of deadlines, shopping lists and what’s for dinner. Close your eyes and notice how your breath flows in and out of your body. Keep your awareness on the cooling sensation on the skin as the breath moves through the nostrils. This is often the hardest part to master, but the more you practice, the easier it gets.
Many people find it hard to let go, making it difficult to release and focus on meditation. You might get frustrated you aren’t doing it right or don't feel ‘zen’ during the experience. It’s not what happens during meditation, rather how you feel afterwards. If mental distractions arise, just observe and re-focus on meditation. You will gradually notice that you become calmer, happier and more energised.
The Wrap Up
After meditation, when your mind is quieter, is a good time to get creative with your thoughts. You have 50-70,000 thoughts a day and most of those are repetitions. Buddha said: “What you think, you become”. So think about how you’d like your future to look. Hold the attention and feeling on that being your reality. Then, let go of the need to have that happen and watch what unfolds.
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