This is a must for anyone wanting to live their happiest, best life. When I first tried to meditate I found it very hard to stop the chatter in my mind which is the same for a lot of people. I actually thought that maybe this is not for me, I can’t imagine how I can ever do this. Now I meditate everyday and I love it. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you are just starting it will take time to find the right practice for you. When you do this will transform your daily life and guide you to a deep true happiness. Personally I took some meditation classes and read books to help me get started. Most people think that we will find our happiness from all the things we desire in life,not true. Our inner ( and outer ) peace is something that is buried deep inside us which we can tap in to and life a wonderful fulfilling life. Meditation is one of the ways in which we can do that.
Where to meditate
Dedicate a quiet place in your home to practice your morning meditation. A corner, a chair or cushion will work. Remember you are training the mind so have a specific space and routine. Try find somewhere you wont be disturbed. Over time your mind will become accustomed to the fact that this place is for meditation and will learn to quiet down in this space.
Sit in a chair, cushion or on the floor with your head, neck and spine in a straight line with your back unsupported. Keep your hands in your lap, face up or face down. Which ever feels more comfortable for you. Without your back supported you may end up slouching this puts pressure on your lungs and interferes with your breathing and can make you sleepy.
Once you are in a comfortable position close your eyes. Begin by taking a few deep breaths. The breath connects our mind, body, and heart, bringing them in to alignment. The mind and the breath have close connections. Being aware of our breath is the pause that our mind needs to stop and bring us in to the moment. When you hear thoughts in your mind just allow them to pass. You can count from 1 to 10 then back to 1 again this will help keep the thoughts away. When you lose count and the thoughts drift back just allow them to pass again and start back at number 1. you can count in time with the breath. Over time we will learn to be still without the count.
Some people think meditation is about helping you sleep when in fact it is the opposite it is about waking you up. It is a practice about directing our attention inward with a single focus. The intention is to achieve an inner sense of peace and a deep connection with oneself. I personally love to meditate in the morning as it sets me up for the day. I feel centred, calm and focused. You can start with 10 minutes and build it up to 30 minutes over time. Remember this is your practice so find what suits you best. Your probably saying you don’t have 30 minutes in the morning with getting the kids ready or travelling to work whatever your routine is. If this is the case I recommend getting up a little earlier to fit this in. You will notice that your whole day will flow much better. Your morning chaos will become much calmer which helps you get things done and will set the tone for the day. You can practice in the evening as well which will help you sleep better.