Have you ever considered trying meditation but found your mind wandering within the first few seconds? Maybe your thoughts roamed to dinner plans, new clothes, or the squirrel running by your window. Did you give up and decide meditation may be best left to yogis and monks living in the foothills of Tibet? It does take practice, but you can absolutely do it. I’ll let you in on a secret: meditation is incredibly beneficial for well-being. Having a consistent meditation practice may not only benefit your busy mind but your entire life as well. There are some common misconceptions surrounding the art of mediation. Many think you must rid your mind of all thoughts and feelings to meditate the ‘right way’ or to be ‘good’ at it. In the must-read book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, Jeffrey Warren explains:
“I cannot say this frequently enough: the goal is not to clear your mind but to focus your mind—for a few nanoseconds at a time—and whenever you become distracted, just start again. Getting lost and starting over is not failing at meditation: it is succeeding.”
1. Find a comfortable spot and sitting position.
2. Begin by closing your eyes or softening your gaze.
3. Bring focus to your breath as you concentrate on inhaling and exhaling.
4. Spend a few minutes doing this, and as your mind wanders, gently bring it back to focus on your breath.
This is the simplest and most accessible form of meditation. It can be done anywhere!
Meditation is a valuable tool that helps create a balanced life.You will learn more about yourself and improve your ability to show up in the world. Watch your emotional health skyrocket as stress and anxiety slowly diminish when you deepen your practice.
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