What do you think of when you hear the word “meditation”? An image of a monk in orange sitting indian style? The assumptions about meditation are that it’s something deep / complicated, and that someone has to teach you how to do it.
All of those theories are false. Anyone can practice meditation, and there are tons of ways to do it. The core concept is to quiet the mind from everyday thoughts, to connect to a deeper level of consciousness.
Huh? Ok let’s make it simpler. You have a body and a soul. Meditation is taking the practice of quieting your body (aka your mind and your mouth) so that your soul can speak. (Sidenote – the ‘soul’ we refer to is actually your subconscious mind which pretty much controls your life sooo probably worth listening to! 😉
Meditation has been a part of human life from the very beginning. It is key to mind-body harmony, mental discipline, and peak personal performance.
For me, meditation helps me tap into personal goals, realizations, relieve stress and gain clarity. I try to weave it into my busy week, to keep myself in balance. Here are 6 ways you can do the same!
- Use your snooze settings – Set two alarms, one for the actual time you need to wake up and one 10 minutes before. Some of you probably do this already, to build in some snooze time. Instead, sit up in bed when the first alarm goes off. You don’t have to get out of bed, just sit there with your eyes closed until the next one rings. (the sitting up is to make sure you don’t fall back to sleep)
- Take a walk during work – Walking meditation is one of my favorite things to do, because it can be done anywhere! Take a 10-15 minute walk without your phone. Observe everything along your walk; the weather, plants, people.
- Guided meditation apps – You can download apps like Calm that offer short guided meditations that you can pop in your headphones and listen to. These are great for car/train rides, or lunch break! Check out some of the best apps here
- Dance meditation – this may seem odd, but dancing is one of the best ways to open your chakras and get in tune with your spirit! Light some sage and crank up the playlist that makes you feel the absolute best. The key here is to move your body fully like noone is watching (so do this one by yourself if you can…)
- Turn your shower into a spa – Instead of just rushing in and out of the shower, light a couple candles, turn off the overhead light and play some soothing music. Take an extra few minutes to focus your thoughts on washing away negative energy as you bathe. It helps if you buy some soap that smells amazing, to be used just for these meditation ‘special’ showers! I get all my stuff from Rituals
- Breathing meditation – If you hit a point during the week where you start to feel overwhelmed, go to the bathroom or a quiet place. Close your eyes and take a deep breath, making sure to breath in and out very slowly. Repeat this about 10 times, and get ready to take on the world!
I hope these tips help you find peace and calm this week! Try to work these into your regular routine, and you will find that you are happier and more peaceful overall!