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When I discovered meditation 7 years ago, I began practicing just before bed. In working with my mindset coach, she asked, "What if you tried meditation in the morning? What would that look and feel like to you? How could this practice set the tone/mood for the day?" What began with one minute has evolved to sometimes twice per day for 25 minutes at a time. Remember, this happened over time.
Initially it was challenging for me to sit still for that length of time. I remember listening to a Deepak Chopra meditation that was 1 hour in length. I sat on the couch, legs crossed, earbuds in, I was able to sit with my eyes closed for about 10 minutes. Then it was silent. I kept looking down at the app to see if it had stopped suddenly. It hadn't. This section of the meditation was just silent. Now, after consistent practice I can say that the feeling one can receive from turning within is one of peace, calm, creativity, clarity and trust. The opportunities and possibilities are endless when you can create space to block out the noise and distraction of the world.
What is meditation?
According to Wikipedia, Meditation can be defined as a practice where an individual uses a technique, such as focusing their mind on a particular object, thought or activity, to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
How To Meditate
Meditation can be as simple as sitting still on a chair, couch, yoga mat or the floor. Whatever is comfortable to you, choose that. Closing your eyes if you are comfortable will allow you to block out distraction and focus. You can choose to focus on one particular idea or topic or just sit and become aware of all of the thousands of thoughts passing by. Just notice them. If there are a lot of thoughts, and chances are high that there will be, don't judge them. Just be with them. As you practice more, there may be less thoughts.
My Favorite Meditation Guides & Apps
One Minute Meditation by Ayurvedic Dr. John Douillard - I love this meditation which involves deep breathing. We can all agree we have one minute!
Headspace I love this app because it's free for 10 days and you can replay it over and over again. Plus, the male English accent is quite lovely!
Stop Breathe & Think - Meditations are curated by your entry of how you are feeling physically and mentally. You can choose emotions before and after. You're rewarded with stickers for going the distance!
...and my favorite one right now Synctuition - I love this app because it becomes curated to train your brain to be focused, confident and so much more.
If you struggle with meditation or feel it doesn't work for you, I encourage you to try it again. What you resist persists. I've found this way of being to be the most powerful tool in my toolkit. It's also yours for the taking.