Most of us live fast-paced lives, juggling work, family and social obligations. In this process, we become stressed, anxious and we live our lives out of balance. Meditation is a great discipline to bring into your everyday life to restore balance and free yourself from the hustle and bustle of this Western way of being. Peaceful, calm living is the result.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a state of deep peace that occurs when the mind is calm and silent. With a regular meditation practice, we begin to connect on a spiritual, mental and emotional level resulting in a life filled with peacefulness, calmness and mental clarity.
So how can you start a meditation practice?
Take a time out from whatever is occupying you. Find a quiet place to sit tall in a comfortable position and just be present in this moment. Scan your body for any tension and begin to release and let go. You don't need to do much of anything. Just step away from all the external stimuli in your life, and bring yourself back to a state of mental clarity. Tame your mind and in this process you will create a sensation of peace.
Once you quiet your mind, begin to observe your breath. As you breathe, sit tall with a spine that is long and erect, the musculature soft and supple. Close your eyes. Notice if there's hesitation in your breath cycles. If so, hold no judgement. Just sit with your breath until it becomes more tranquil and easy. As you breathe in, with your inside voice, say 1 and as you exhale, quietly say 2. Continue to count your breaths until you get to 10 and notice if you feel more calm and connected. Breath counting will keep you in the present moment and calm your nervous system so you can begin to dive deeper into the inner pools of meditation.
Once you focus your attention to the breath and you feel more relaxed and connected, begin to just sit and not do much of anything. Try to just be in stillness. Find a sense of liberation just sitting and just being. Meditation is a discipline—the more you come to your mat, the more you will become in tune with the ever changing sensations of your life. Set aside 5 to 15 minutes daily to begin a practice to steady your mind so you can control reactive situations with more ease. Enjoy and be patient with the results.
Take these simple tips to get you started on a meditation practice. Set aside time for you. Clearing away your inner dialogue through yoga and meditation will help you cope with the craziness of life. Try carving out a little bit of me time to just sit and receive all the benefits a meditation practice brings. Nurture your inner temple so you can create a more peaceful, calmer way of living. Make time to meditate and you will levitate to a better, calmer you.
Yogini Linda Summers is a Canadian girl, a mamma to two beautiful children, Namaste Yoga Studio owner and a yogini in every aspect of her being. Linda loves living the life of a yogini on and off the mat and she teaches with the intention that each individual leaves class feeling strong and vibrant so they too can live each day to the fullest.
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