Are you stressed at work? Are you anxious? Do you wake up in the middle of the night replaying past stories with an overactive mind? Do you worry about the smallest things that may or may not happen?
I don’t see meditation as a fix but instead a vehicle to slow down and check in with yourself.
Meditation can be daunting but the benefits of a sustained practice are worth the effort.
Let me present you a few tips to help you break it down and view it as fresh to help you towards a quieter mind.
- One size does not fit all: There are many approaches. What works for one person might not work for another. Try movement meditations such as yoga, tai chi, breathing techniques or explore guided meditations online or in a class. They are all equally valid and effective.
- Thoughts are normal: the art of meditation is noticing when your mind wanders and to bring it back gently to your original focus.
- Be patient: Taking time each day to sit quietly to simply breathe and quieten your mind has enormous psychological and physiological benefits. The long term benefits do not happen overnight, it takes time. Sustained practice is worth the effort.
- You do not have to meditate for any specific amount of time to see benefits. Even 2 minutes of meditation can have a powerful and positive impact on your life.
In conclusion, meditation is a practice that needs to be consistently performed and developed into a habit before you will see the full benefits and enjoyment of it.
Headspace app is a great tool, and their Take 10 programme, is great way in to understanding meditation; the Calm app which has guided meditations as well as a timer if you want to meditate for a set period of time but without guidance; the Buddhify app also has a range of guided meditations for different times of day or activities that vary in length too.