Meditating is such a key component to our health and wellness. It is the calming of our brain to allow us to bring intention, peace, and knowledge of yourself, and find your center.
When I first heard of meditating I associated with yoga guru’s or monks. I felt I could not just sit in a room with my legs crossed for hours in my thoughts …
well good thing that is not the only form of meditation!
1. Write your thoughts on paper
Each morning, spill out a page of junk that’s been on your mind. Notice the pressure of the pen on the paper. The sound of the tip scraping along the page. The way the ink bleeds. After writing for a bit about your day, and your shopping lists, and the cute boy in yoga class, you’ll find that you don’t have anything left to write. This is when you take a deep breath, and allow mindfulness to permeate. Go deeper. Soon, you’ll be writing with complete presence, as if another voice is writing through you.
The easiest of all! Breathing truly is the difference between feeling anxious and feeling relaxed. Try adding a few rounds of 4, 4, 8 count breath into your daily routine. Inhale for 4 counts, retain for 4 counts, and exhale for 8. Close your eyes. Be slow. Repeat.
Come into each practice with an intention and keep that in the front of your mind and you will be amazed at how much this one hour really carries over to other aspects of your life.
Enjoy the fresh air and vitamin D and while you walk Inhale and lift your foot, exhale and plant it. Repeat.
5. Listen to Music
Try to hear every instrument and words in the song. Separate the lyrics from the melody—listen to something instrumental I really enjoy Pandora’s Acoustic or Solo piano station.