You want to get into the habit of meditating. But don’t know where to start.
You want the results that meditation brings. And can’t seem to find the time, despite the need.
You want that wonderful sense of peace and calm you hear about. However, it all feels too much.
Not another thing to bring into your already busy day. When you look at your diary you panic, you feel overwhelmed and it’s easier to put it off again.
However, meditating is easy once you get into a habit
Amazingly, it’s one of the simplest things you can do. And at the same one of the hardest.
All you need to do is create the habit which only takes 21 days, according to research. Yet it feels like climbing Mt Everest.
You’ll do anything else other than start. You’ll put it off and even do those chores you normally wouldn’t love doing because they now seem so important and easy to do.
It’s so easy to make excuses for not starting something you really want to do.
What you don’t realise is that it can only take a minute or two out of your day when you simplify it right down to fully enjoying and finishing that hot cup of tea or coffee.
Or when you are sitting waiting for an appointment. And in the shower. All things you do already. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about doing it the best way for you.
Is that it? Yes, it is. That is how simple it can be. If you do that every day, you’ll feel and see amazing results.
Here are the 8 Tips to get you on your way
- Find a quiet spot
Where possible find a place that is quiet. As that isn’t always possible, simply sit quietly wherever you are and focus on your breath to help withdraw into your being.
- Commit to a few minutes a day
All you need to do is commit to 2 minutes a day to start with. And do it every day. Start small as this is about creating a long-lasting habit, not about how well you can meditate.
- Use a timer
Even though I recommend turning your mobile off, initially, you may like to use a timer. This way you aren’t constantly thinking is the time up and checking your watch or mobile. You can then fully let go for those few moments without distractions.
- Pick a time
Find a time in your day that you can commit to where possible. Early morning and before you go to sleep are great times.
- Make an appointment in your diary
You make dates for all other appointments. Why not one for yourself? And it’s non-negotiable. This way it’s been factored into to your day. And you don’t find you are at the end of the day and you haven’t had your precious quiet time.
And remember to
- Switch off your mobile and laptop
This is a challenge as we are so used to being accessible 24/7. There is always this need to be on call and available. Remember those days where this wasn’t part of our lives? Close your laptop and put your mobile on silent. It’s only for a few minutes in your day giving you great benefits.
- Focus on your breath
To keep you present focus on your breath. This takes you out of your busy mind into the stillness of your being. When your mind is too active, simply count to three as you breathe in and as you breathe out. If you lose track of counting, start from the beginning again.
Ideally, your back should be straight whether you are sitting or lying down. Place your hands sitting gently in your lap or by your side palms up. Legs and ankles are uncrossed. Either close eyes gently or have them ¾ open focusing on a spot in front of you.
And you are on your way to meditating daily.
In no time you will begin to:
- calmer and more at ease with your life.
- More easily deal with stress.
- feel less anxious and out of control.
- Feel more present and grounded.
- feel focused and productive.
- feel so much happier and content.
- take the time to savour precious moments.
- deal with difficult situations with more ease.
- Feel at peace with yourself.
- know how to care and love yourself.
Don’t hang back any longer. No more excuses. Start now to bring these benefits into your daily life. Meditating is life-changing.
From my mindful soul to your mindful soul.
If you would love to enjoy a 7-minute guided relaxation meditation, click on this link. You’ll surprise yourself as to how easy it is to sit quietly without feeling the need to do be anywhere else other than here in the present moment.