This post is geared towards self-care ranging in topic, always published on Fridays so that you can practice self-care on Saturday or Sunday.
Meditation is not what you think it is.
Meditation is not:
- a practice intended for highly “spiritual” beings, only (monks, nuns, etc.)
- a practice of getting rid of your thoughts
- seated, only
- the same everytime
- a practice that will eventually lead to enlightenment
- a practice that helps you become a better version of yourself
Meditation is what you make of it.
- a practice
- a relentless evaluation/exploration of the present movement of life
- something that can be “done” at any time, any where, in any position (sitting, standing, lying horizontal)
- a way of understanding what/who you are
- a way of watching What Is
- a practice that leads you to this moment
- a practice that helps you see the innate goodness you already possess
How does one practice meditation? Despite meditation being an open-ended practice, there are a few things to keep in mind if you’re just starting out, or picking up where you left off.
- There are a LOT of resources out there and many types of meditation to choose from. I suggest finding a mode you resonate with and trying it out.
- Find a place you feel comfortable sitting in your home; a chair, a couch, a floor cushion. Find a place that is relatively quiet and disturbance-free.
- Use a timer. Start with 1-5 minutes. Build upon your time each week.
- Do not judge the quality of your meditation based on how much time was spent in your thoughts, or thought-free.
- Each time you notice you’re in your thoughts, internally note, “thinking” and return your attention to the sounds you hear and/or your breath.
- Practice daily, for minimum 1 month before deciding if you’ll continue or not.
- If you miss a day, who cares! Start again, today, right now.
- Get clear on why you’re starting a meditation practice to evaluate where the motivation is coming from.
- Join a meditation group or use a Social App (one of the only social Apps I use!) like Insight Timer.
Benefits of a daily meditation practice:
- lessens worry, anxiety and impulsivity
- lessens stress, fear, loneliness, and depression
- enhances self-esteem and self-acceptance
- better decision making and creative thinking
- improves immune system + energy level
- lessens heart and brain problems
- reduces blood pressure
- helps prevent arthritis, fibromyalgia, and HIV
If you still have questions or hesitations about meditation, in my next self-care Saturday (always posted on Friday) post, I will discuss, how to be at ease with what IS.