Meditation is the discipline of teaching your mind to stay calm, peaceful and silent. It helps release stress and tension, which can build and have long-term effects on your mental and physical health.
Meditating for even a short time once a day is extremely beneficial and people everywhere are adding it to their daily to-do list!
The tough part of meditating is finding the time, it’s called a meditation practice for a reason – it requires at least some effort. The good news is that you don’t need to be meditating for years or hours before noticing the positive effects. In fact, after a short five minutes, you will notice a positive change.
Don’t get bogged down with the idea that you have to meditate every day. So, if you’re a meditation newbie start small, one day a week and then gradually incorporate more sessions. Keep it slow yet steady and you will see improvement very quickly.
A great starting point is to let a voice guide you through the process, you can find plenty of guided videos and podcasts on the web. I like The Meditation Podcast with Jesse and Jeane Stern but I find that choosing the right podcast is personal. Try a few before you settle on one.
If you’re a parent then you know that things get tricky as soon as the kids wake up. Try to wake up ten minutes earlier, wash you face and teeth, and then sit in your meditation spot for five minutes, take deep long breaths. It’s a win/win because you get some quality private time before the chaos of family life sets in and it’s a great way to set yourself up for the day.
Determine for how long you need to or can honestly afford to meditate. Whether it’s once a week or once a day – set the time aside, schedule it in and then commit. If you get honest and know you can afford that time, then you won’t need to disturb or distract yourself thinking about how much time has passed while you are meditating.
You can meditate anytime and in any place. On the bus, waiting for friends or waiting in line at the supermarket. Simply pay attention to your breath, become aware of your surrounds. This is mindfulness meditation in action. After a few rounds, you’ll feel like a new person.
Patience is the key to successful meditation. If you can’t find enough time for meditation or are getting frustrated with your progress, accept it and don’t be hard on yourself. Do what you can when you can. Be patient with yourself and your family as they get used to your new routine.
Take a course or workshop that teaches you the skills to start a home meditation practice.
In February 2017, the OM Collective Sydney will offer our first Mastering the Monkey Mind Workshop. Email us to register your interest firstname.lastname@example.org