Three Simple Tips for the Meditation Newbie
If you've been following my IG stories, you may have noticed recent posts around my current meditation practice. I teach meditation and mindfulness to my clients. Initially they are hesitant to engage and wonder if I am trying to trick them. Lol. I admit, I had my doubts about meditation, too, but I tried it anyway. While I am new to meditation, I am not new to mindfulness training as I have used this to help clients with an array of psychiatric diagnoses and issues. I am determined to practice what I preach and have committed to a regular meditation regimen. If you’re a rookie at meditating and want to start a regimen, here are some simple tools.
Schedule a time of day for meditation and be consistent. I’ve found I’m more likely to be committed to meditate in the beginning of the day when the world is quiet and I’m not yet as distracted. Sometimes I skip it in the morning and on those days, I take some time in the evening.
You don’t have to do it for a long time. I heard a quote on a podcast (Super Soul Sunday with Don Miguel Ruiz) a few weeks ago that said, “To meditate is simply to create space between each thought and to widen that space as time goes on.” I immediately had an aha moment. Meditation is an awareness of your thoughts without placing judgement or allowing one thought to spark another and another. This is simply to take some time to allow your mind some time not to think as much. Any time I get thrown off, I return to focusing on my breathing. What worked for me was starting with 3-10 minute time blocks.
Use an app or Youtube. There are so many free meditation tools available online and on your phone. These tools help me get into a meditative mindset much more quickly than just sitting in the quiet. I find I need a little noise or quiet background sounds to help me get quiet. You can do a simple youtube search or try one of these apps:
Remember, there is no perfect way to meditate. You can’t do it wrong. To meditate is to simply allow yourself some time to be. It is intentionally taking time for self-care.