Meditation is one of the most beneficial and healthy habits. With all that we have going on in our lives, it can be a difficult habit to maintain and keep up with everyday. First of all, what is meditation? To meditate means to purposely engage in “thought” or “contemplation,” it means to think, especially in a calm and purposeful way. Meditating allows you to calm your mind and forget about the stresses from your day and focus solely on yourself. Here are a few quick meditation tips that will help you find time and meditate everyday.
Finding time: This could possibly be the most difficult part of meditation, finding time to do it. During your busy weekly routine, it’s not ideal to try to fit it in the middle of your day. Instead, do it before bed; and just modify your existing pre-sleep routine a little bit to accommodate meditation. The minutes before we fall asleep are almost meditational as it is, so this is the perfect time. Calming your mind and thoughts right before bed will most likely result in a wonderful night’s sleep!
First, it’s recommended to do some light stretches prior to meditation, so while washing your face or brushing your teeth, just stretch some of your muscles. Maybe bend and touch your toes, roll your neck, stand on your toes. The purpose of stretching is so you can remain in one position for an extended amount of time more comfortably. Also, put your cell phone on silent, so it won’t distract you!
Next, find a comfortable spot to sit, either on the floor or in your favorite, sturdy chair. Sit with your spine straight and your shoulders back. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Feel the air enter through your nose, feel it fill up your lungs, and feel it as it exits your mouth. Focusing just on your breathing is a great way to start to clear your mind. Once you feel your mind calming, focus on your body parts, start with your toes and move up your body, including your organs.
Focusing on your body is another way to further calm your mind from all of the outside stressors in your life. You should meditate for about 30 minutes, or until you feel your sense of meditation to dim. If you had your eyes closed, this is the time to open your eyes and reflect for 2-3 minutes on your time meditating.
My book, Fearless Beauty, has even more information about meditating and how to apply it to different aspects of your life. Setting aside just 30 minutes a day to wind down and calm yourself can have amazing affects in your personal, professional and love life.