Happy Wednesday friends! How’s your week going? I had a pretty stressful Monday followed by a pretty great Tuesday. Hoping it’s a sign of a great rest of the week to come.
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At the beginning of the year (I can’t believe we are already in the fourth month of the year!) I did a 40-day program that focused on developing an at-home yoga and meditation practice. You can find my intro, midpoint and recap posts of that program here, here, and here. Meditating had always been a struggle for me. I do notice a difference in how I deal with stress when I am meditating though. In general, I feel like it allows me to be a more understanding and go with the flow person. So I feel like establishing a practice is worthwhile for me. I meditated every day during my 40-day challenge. While I have not stuck to meditating every single day since, I have still been meditating multiple time a week and feel like it is a helpful and calming activity for me.
(One of the best meditation spots I have ever gotten to enjoy, San Diego last summer).
Today, I wanted to share some tips and tricks that have helped me in my meditation journey. This is still definitely a journey for me as well, so I would love to hear any tips that have worked for you that I might be able to incorporate into my practice.
- Add meditation to your schedule or to-do list. Now, I know this may sound silly, but I know I am not the only one who is more likely to do something if it’s on my to-do list. I am a total Type A personality, and I love crossing things off my list, so just having a meditation session on my calendar increases the likelihood of it happening ten fold.
- Know where you are going to meditate and make sure this space meets your needs. At home, I have a corner of our bedroom that I have made into a little meditation area. It is cool and quiet. I like to lean against the wall and if I am aiming for a longer meditation, will sometimes light incense or put some essential oils in the diffuser to set the mood. I find meditating at home to be easiest, but you could also take a meditation lunch break, or meditate outdoors. Really anywhere you feel safe to close your eyes and allow your mind to wander away from whats going on around you.
- Take a comfortable position. I used to think you had to be cross-legged, with a straight back, hands resting on your knees and palms up when you meditated. This was just an image I had of how meditation is supposed to look. However, if this is not comfortable for you, it’s not going to work well. I know it doesn’t do much for me if I am thinking about my tight hips the whole time. Sitting with your legs extended, resting against a wall, or in a chair may be a lot more comfortable and allow you to open up your mind, rather than focusing on how your body feels.
- Try a guided meditation. I find that especially if I am stressed and have a lot on my mind, it’s hard for me to get into my meditation groove. Sometimes a guided meditation can really help. I keep the Yoga Studio app on my phone, which has some nice guided meditations. You can also find lots of apps and YouTube guided meditations.
- Try a mantra. If guided isn’t your thing, try a mantra to start calming your mind and easing you into your practice. I personally like “I am” mantras, which a yoga instructor introduced me to. Out loud or just in your head, say “I am…followed by whatever pops into your head (motivated, strong, peaceful, etc). I find that after a few rounds I am feeling much more grounded and able to sink into my practice.
- Don’t worry about perfection. When random thoughts or worries pop up during my meditation I try (emphasis on try) to acknowledge them and let them go. I don’t really know that it’s possible to clear all thoughts completely, but I think the exercise can still be so soothing and beneficial.
Question: Do you meditate? If so, how do you get settled into your practice?
Hope you have a great day!