How do I do this, you ask?
The simple answer is mindfulness. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s happening around us. The goal of mindfulness is to wake up to the inner workings of our mental, emotional, and physical processes.
Sounds great, right?
Mindfulness is available to us in every moment, whether through meditations and body scans or mindful moment practices like pausing and breathing when the phone rings instead of rushing to answer it.
Let’s focus on how meditation can help you relax and be mindful.
Meditation can start at 5 minutes. You don’t need to sit for an hour the first time. You may never get to an hour. That’s ok! You need to find what works for you!
I find the most important element is comfort. You need to be comfortable; if possible, wear comfortable loose clothing and sit on a cushion on the floor, chair, or even your bed. Choose somewhere you feel safe and comfortable. Make sure you are seated, and your back is supported. I like to sit with my back to the wall. The safety of the solid surface behind me helps me to feel safe.
Next, close your eyes. There is so much stimulus in our daily lives; closing your eyes helps to shut it out and allows you to start drawing inward.
Lastly, focus on your breath. Inside in through the nose, and easy out through the nose. You can continue to focus on the breath or listen to a meditation. There are many wonderful apps out there that offer free or low-cost meditations. Youtube is a great resource as well.
Here is a meditation I created. Enjoy as frequently as you like: 15-minute Guided Meditation.
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