READ ME: How to start a meditation practice
Does meditation feel like another thing you should be doing? Does it seem like something you should add to your never ending to do list?
According to a report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics 14.2% of American adults say they meditated within the past year, a threefold increase from 4.1% in 2012.
Its trending and for good reason. Meditation is an age old practice but its only recently that we have started to study some of the benefits including: reduced stress, increased compassion to ourselves and others, reduced anxiety and an increased ability to focus and concentrate.
Sounds great right? But how do you get started?
Leave perfectionism at the door
Perfectionist tendencies show up everywhere but when it comes to meditation we need to leave these behind. Meditation is a practice and it is something you need to practice.
But it isn’t something to get good at.
It’s something to help you in other aspects of your life. When you start your meditation practice commit to the idea that you won’t be good at it straight off and it will require effort, dedication and motivation to keep you on track in order to reap the benefits.
Sitting with your own mind in silence can be intimidating especially with the busy lives we lead. There are numerous apps available now that can help you on your meditation journey. Some we like include Headspace, Calm and Insight Timer (we recommend Insight Timer for more experienced meditators and Calm and Headspace for those that are new to it). Most of the apps do free trials so try out a few to see which is your favourite.
Try a meditation on the move
There is no right or wrong way to meditate. All it involves is being in the present moment at anytime. You can change a simple daily activity such as brushing your teeth, taking a shower or sitting on the bus into a moving meditation. If you need help doing this you can use something like the “Breathe” function on the Calm app to bring you back to the breath.
Meditate in the morning
Instead of starting your day with a Pandoras box of Instagram pop on a guided meditation in the morning time before your day starts. Yes it may mean you need to get up a little earlier but meditation clears the head and starts the day off with a more positive mindset helping you to make better choices throughout the day as a result.
And finally….be patient
Like with most things you won’t see the results immediately. But they will come with practice. Commit to 2019 being a year where you start your meditation practice and reap the numerous benefits. Who doesn’t want less stress, better focus and concentration, improved concentration and better sleep?
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