Not familiar to meditation? We have 3 great ways to begin a regular meditation practice.
Meditation is great for so many reasons. I like it as I have a bit of insomnia, in case you haven’t noticed with previous “help you sleep,” posts. Meditation is a great way to help cure insomnia. It does so much more than that though! Meditation can help reduce stress, boost your immune system, lower cholesterol, improve your memory, counter anxiety and so much more.
Here are 3 simple ways to begin a regular meditation practice.
- Guided Meditation: This meditation requires you to use your imagination to distract you and diffuse your thoughts. Find a place that is relaxing and calming through visualization. Engage your senses to help you become fully immersed in your daydream. This will help you relax and draw inspiration from your subconscious.
- Breathing Meditation: This one obviously focuses strictly on breathing as it moves in and out of the body. With this meditation, it is important to focus on your breath. While meditating, it’s easy to lose sight of your breathing. When you notice this, bring your focus back to your breathing.
- Mindful Meditation: This is the one I enjoy. It’s similar to breathing meditation, except that breathing is not your entire focus. You focus on your breathing to quiet your mind in the beginning, and let thoughts appear without suppressing them. Use your breathing to let these thoughts come and go out of your mind. No matter what the thought (happiness, anxiety, fear), just be aware of your thoughts at the present moment and then let them go. I like to do this while in the bath or shower before bed.
Meditation is best to do first thing in the morning. It keeps you centered and peaceful throughout the day. Doing this in the morning will help keep you from forgetting about it and getting distracted throughout the day. I also meditate at night as my mind tends to run wild with the thoughts and events of the day.
Either way, it’s a great way to quiet your mind and make you more at peace. Give it a try! Even if it only helps a little, it’ll make a difference in your life. It has in mine.