Being an adult is stressful. Having to work, pay bills, maintain relationships, have a hobby, take care of your health, your family, your pets… the list goes on and on and on.
What I see time and time again – with clients, friends, family members, and so on – is that we get so busy doing all these adult things, we not only forget to take care of ourselves properly, but we don’t even realize that we are doing it.
It’s time to stop this destructive cycle with the power of meditation.
You don’t need to be some guru sitting on a mountain for hours on end trying to figure out the meaning of life. You can be YOU right now, as you are.
Whether that’s driving, sitting at work, relaxing on your couch, hanging out in your office. Where ever you are right now, Whatever you are doing, you can start a meditation practice right now.
1. Have a Plan
This is arguably the most important tip of all.
Perhaps you’ve tried meditation before. You put on some music, dimmed the lights, closed your eyes and 30 seconds in, you’ve found yourself fidgeting, thinking about all of things you need to do later, and just like that – you quit.
Meditation is a very simple practice that people tend to overcomplicate.
The goal isn’t to think nothing at all. It’s to gain control over your thoughts and focus on one thing. And the best part is that you get to decide what that focus is.
Pick something to tune your focus to (it can be your breath, your physical body, a candle, an object, these are all styles of meditation I love. Start by coming into a slow rhythm of breath and *BOOM* you are meditating.
At work. Stuck in traffic. In your bedroom. It doesn’t have to be formal & it doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s your practice, make it what you will.
2. Start Small
I get it… when you are first starting out with meditation 1 minute can seem like an eternity, but if you try to meditate for 30 minutes right from the start, I can almost guarantee that you will get frustrated, discouraged, and want to quit.
I advise all of my clients who are new to meditation to start with just TWO minutes. Even if you sit for two minutes, and you find that your mind wanders the whole time, you will still receive incredible benefits from meditation.
Use your phone, set the timer. Close your eyes and count your breath for two minutes.
Calm, clarity, relaxation, improved focus – these are just a handful of the benefits. All by just simply slowing down and coming into your breath for just two minutes.
3. Find Tools to Make it Easier
There is NO shame in using tools to help you develop your practice.
These are all great resources to help you learn how to meditate.
I also offer a free 10 minute meditation to get you started in your meditation practice. CLICK HERE TO ACCESS IT.
It’s important to remember that much like a yoga practice, meditation is a place of non judgment. If you think you “suck” at meditation, you are wrong. There really is no right or wrong way to meditate.
Most importantly, when it comes to starting a meditation practice, PLEASE be easy on yourself.
You literally can’t be bad at it.
Any time you are investing time into improving your life deserves a pat on the back in my opinion.
So virtual high five to you as you embark on this new journey.