Meditation Monday

blankStaying balanced is something we all know is important but is hard to actually do. If you are willing to take even just ten minutes out of your day, you can work toward achieving a balanced state of mind by meditating. I have been meditating for about a year now, but when I first embarked on it I found it very intimidating and thought there were rules and regulations for it, but there aren’t. Meditation is actually quite simple – it’s just taking time to step away and center yourself, and that can be done in a number of ways. 

 

Guided Meditation

This sector of meditation is pretty self explanatory – someone who is experienced in mediation will usually lead a group of people in a series of breaths, physical movements and sometimes chants. This is particularly helpful if you’re experiencing anxiety because it allows you to get out of your head and face your thoughts head on. Experiencing meditation for the first time this way can help you figure out what you like and what works for you. Guided meditations don’t have to be done only in a class setting, though. There are guided meditation scripts (mindful.org has one on fear) and podcasts, as well as the Calm app. Some people host live meditations on Instagram for people to follow, like actress Logan Browning.

Find a Dedicated Meditation Spot

An important part of meditating is getting into a certain mindset. Going to a certain area every time you meditate can help you more easily establish a sense of calm and get into the groove of it, like muscle memory. Some people like to meditate out in nature because they can focus on the beauty they see outdoors. Your bedroom is also a good place to meditate because it is likely you feel comfortable and most like yourself there. Whatever you choose to practice, make sure that it’s a quiet place where you can concentrate.

Create a Mantra

According to Chopra.org, a mantra is “a powerful sound or vibration you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.” Based on how you’re feeling, pick a phrase or word that you want to focus on while you meditate. It should be something you want to achieve or improve on. For example, if you’re feeling stressed, silently repeating something like “Everything will work out” while doing steady breaths can help set that intention in your mind and further encourage you. 

Move Your Body

Just as there are different ways to meditate, there are different positions to meditate in. You don’t have to be confined to sitting cross-legged on the ground. Lying down flat on the ground or on your bed with your hands on your chest is another great position. Some people also like to stand and place their hands over their stomachs, or walk around their space slowly while taking deep breaths.

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