Meditation. We hear the word everywhere and how we need to be meditating more. But, if you’re like me it’s still a very difficult thing to do. I seem to always find excuses and reason as to why I’m too busy to meditate (yes I know this emphasizes even more my need to meditate). While they say you should meditate on a daily basis, I’m not there yet so instead I have made it a point to meditate every Sunday. So far it is working for me and it is making me more enthusiastic about mediating.
The benefits of meditation include better concentration, deceased anxiety and stress, improved emotional balance and overall improved happiness.
I will go through how to meditate in just a minute, but first I want to share my one successful meditation experience with you. Through a series of events I signed up for a group meditation class. It started at 6am one weekend and was a small class of about 10 people. The session was an audio guided meditation and lasted over 2 hours. During this meditation I felt my whole body go numb and I gained an unexplainable sense of calm. I felt as though I was at peace with everyone and everything around me. I flowed through the rest of my day with a sense of lightness and ease. It was almost a euphoric feeling which is when I started understanding why people are such advocates of meditation.
How do you meditate?
1) Find a quiet, dimly light room.
2) Pick which time of the day works best for you. Many people recommend meditating in the morning to start your day off in a peaceful state, however it is up to you to decide what works best for you.
3) Place a cushion on the floor so you are comfortable.
4) Posture is important. Sit up straight with your spine erect and your legs crossed.
5) Set a timer. Trying starting with 15 minutes at a time.
6) Focus on your breathing and nothing but your breathing. Your mind will wander and a million thoughts will start to fill you head. Acknowledge these thoughts (this is your ego not wanting to settle) and focus back on your breathing.
7) Focus on your breathing some more until the timer alarms. It will be difficult but the goal is to not allow your mind to wander and to keep returning back to your breathing each time it does.
Optional: You can wear a shall over your shoulders and draped across your lap. It is believed that this helps to keep you’re energy enclosed around you aiding in meditation.
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