I'm trying my hand at something new these days. I'm on a quest to restore balance and natural order to my life. What better way than to meditate? Am I on the road to becoming a master Yogi? Naaahhh. Not really. I'm not even practicing a specific technique set by a religion. I'm just trying to relax and focus on me. Benefits include a healthier mind, body, and overall emotional well being. Imagine dedicating a few moments of your day to enhance your whole entire life. I try to do mine first thing in the morning to provide myself with a bit of clarity for the rest of the day. I usually do it in my room, sitting on my bed, feet flat on the ground. Unfortunately I missed it today (New Year's Day) and went for a walk instead. I promise you, skipping my morning meditation was a bad idea. I swear it's keeping me level headed, when I do practice. So, here are my 5 easy steps to instant meditation.
1. Shhhhh.... Find a quiet space. I am a novice, therefore I do not have the capability to tune out the rest of the world to focus on myself yet. Instead of trying to ignore everyone and everything else, I simply leave it all behind for a more peaceful place.
2. Relax your body. Sit in a comfortable state, be it with a pillow under your booty, or in a chair. Keep your neck in a neutral place (not too high and not too low). Relax your shoulders. I like to tense up my entire body first, and then release all of the tension when I let my muscles retract.
3. Close your eyes. Please try not to fall asleep. I know you're all cozy and comfy in your quiet space, with your eyes closed, but stay awake.
4. Clear your mind. If you're sitting in all of this quiet, thinking about your to-do list, or concerning yourself about things at work, you are being counterproductive. You want to relieve yourself of stress... not drag it with you. Empty your thoughts. I have a huge problem doing this, but there is something that helps and that is...
5.Concentrating on your breathing. Tell yourself in your mind with each breath, "Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale." See how long you can drag your breaths out. Focus on the way your lungs receive air. Think about how your diaphragm contracts when you push the air out.
That's it! This is the simplicity of it. Enjoy.
Hi! I'm TenishaJonece.