The idea of sitting still and not thinking might sound crazy to you, but it can do incredible things for our mind, body and soul. Meditation has been around for centuries and it is a proven life tool that we use to help recharge and refuel. There have been countless studies done on the positive effects of meditation for both physical and emotional ailments. It’s known to lower blood pressure, help ease insomnia, reduces stress, anxiety, and more.
In our society where a pill or a quick fix is the go-to remedy, this practice is free, does not require a prescription, is painless, and has been proven to work. The word meditation comes from the Latin meditatum meaning ‘to ponder,’ and though we don’t really ponder when we meditate, the intent is to turn off all our thoughts and wipe away all the internal noise our minds get cluttered with. If you are new to it, I know it can sound impossible but with practice and patience, you can do it!
How do you start? It’s easy!
- Find a comfortable place to sit: on the floor with a pillow, in your bed, outside under a tree – anywhere that you can have a few quiet minutes without interruption or distraction.
- Once you’ve chosen your spot, sit cross-legged in lotus position. This position helps the body relax and allows you to sit for a long period of time without discomfort.
- Close your eyes and rest your hands on your knees.
- Take easy, steady breaths and quiet your mind.
- A trick is to listen for your heartbeat and concentrate on only that.
- Your mind will try to infiltrate the quiet with lists of things you need to accomplish and emails you have to return, but fight the urge and return your focus to your heartbeat.
- Some people like to chant a word or saying over and over. The idea is to push out all other thoughts and clear your mind.
They call this a practice because it takes time to master, so don’t feel badly if it takes you a while to quiet your mind! Start slowly and gift yourself the first ten minutes of your day to meditation. You will see the effects almost immediately, and once you get more comfortable with it, extend it a few more minutes each week. You can practice anywhere – in your car, at the park, on a lunch break or even a few minutes before a meeting begins.
Meditation can bring you great emotional balance and physical relief. And that is certainly worth a try! ☮♥️