Journey to Meditation
My journey to meditation has in no way been linear. In fact, it is just the opposite. Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, It’s about training your mind in awareness of the present moment and getting a healthy change of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to witness them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand yourself as well.
Meditation is a skill. Let me repeat that: Meditation is a skill. Learning to meditate is like learning any other skill. Think of it like excercising a muscle that you've never really worked out before. It takes consistent practice to get comfortable. And it's usually "easier" if you have a teacher. I would love to help you on your journey to meditation.
When you meditate, you introduce widespread and long-lasting benefits into your life. You lower your stress levels, get to know your pain, you heal, you connect better, you improve your focus, and are kinder to yourself. Let me walk you through the basics!
Am I doing this right?
Doubt naturally shows up in our meditation practice. "Am i meditating correctly?" is a common concern, but the real difficulty only occurs when we buy into that doubt. Don’t forget, no matter what the thoughts are, they’re still just thoughts. And all you need to do is gently return your focus to the breath.
How to Meditate:
1) Take a seat
Find a place to sit that feels calm and quiet to you.
2) Set a time limit
If you’re just beginning, it can help to choose a short time, such as 5 or 10 minutes.
3) Notice your body
You can sit in a chair with your feet on the floor, you can sit loosely cross-legged, kneel or lay on your back. Just make sure you are stable and in a position you can stay in for a while.
4) Feel your breath
Follow the sensation of your breath as it goes in and as it goes out.
5) Notice when your mind, not if, but when your mind has wandered. Your attention will leave the breath and wander to other places. When you get around to noticing that your mind has wandered—in a few seconds, a minute, five minutes—simply return your attention to the breath.
6) Be kind to your wandering mind
Don’t judge yourself or obsess over the content of the thoughts you find yourself lost in. Just come back.
7) Close with kindness
When you’re ready, gently open your eyes. Take a moment and notice any sounds in the environment. Notice how your body feels right now. Notice your thoughts and emotions.
That’s it! That’s the practice!