Meditation is a practice that helps you move through life with grace instead of overwhelm, chaos, and stress. It trains the mind to stay calm, cool and collective so that you can make better decisions, solve problems easier, and feel better in general.
Part 1: How Do I Start?
First, as with everything you do, attitude towards it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. If you approach meditation with an open mind and open heart then you bring a lightness into your practice vrs skepticism and impatience which bring in pressure.
Experiment. Bring in curiosity. Try different styles, a variety of teachers, an assortment of audios. Find someone or something that “fits” in with your style. The mindset that you bring with you before you even start will greatly influence the experience you have.
What Is The Best Time to Meditate?
Anytime you do it is the best time although setting a specific time is essential. To create a consistent practice you have to know when to show up. Schedule it in your day planner. Write it down. First thing in the morning is usually the best time because the distracting phone calls, emails or text messages have bombarded you, just yet.
How Long Should I Meditate?
Start small. Sit for a few minutes ( 5 to 10 minutes in the beginning) to begin.
Set a goal to build up to 20 minutes a day, again preferably in the morning.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, widely considered the authority of meditation, recommends a modest 20 minutes a day to get the many major benefits of a daily practice.
Where Should I meditate?
Your space matters. Find a room in your home or a space outside that “feels” comfortable. You can sit in a chair, on a floor cushion or even lay down. There are several opinions on the latter but to get started you may find that this option can be extremely helpful.
It can also be helpful to place a few items close to you that are meaningful and place them close by. A photo, flowers, a candle, crystals, or even your journal to write down thoughts, feelings or desires right by your side.
Are “Guided Meditations” helpful?
Yes, for most people guided meditations are incredible tools to direct the mind away from distractions (and mind chatter) and towards a focal point, for example, “Imagine sitting on the beach surrounded by the ocean, breathing in clean, fresh air with the beautiful blue sky up above you” etc. Your mind then redirects itself towards that vision bringing in the “feelings” of peace, calm, and freedom.
As a Success Strategy Coach, I have created hundreds of meditations with empowered language built into them to help people move beyond their limiting beliefs to tap into their creativity, confidence & courage to build a business and life they love.
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