Four ways to Meditate, even if you’re in a hurry!
Meditation is not a way of making your mind quiet. It’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there – buried under the 50,000 thoughts the average person thinks every day. – Deepak Chopra
People who meditate report greater relaxation, reduction in stress, better sleep and generally more of a can-do attitude.
There are many different meditation types and tools. Some examples of different meditations are:
- Guided – this is my favourite, you can research to find one you like – there are a lot of apps like meditationoasis.com. Once found, you simply hit play and relax whilst listening & be taken on a journey. You can discover my free 2-minute guided meditations here.
- Silent – this can be done anywhere as no-one will hear anything or know what you are doing. You select a peaceful timer using your phone makes this easy. Decide on the amount of time you want to spend in silence and simply sit or lay back, relax and enjoy.
- Bells or gongs or music only – Start again by selecting the track with the sounds you most enjoy – you can make your own compilation or choose from pre-recorded meditations. Make this easier by choosing one which goes for the length of time you want to spend meditating. When you are ready, hit play and relax breathing deeply.
- Mindful breathing – again using a peaceful timer – focus on your breath going in your nose and out your mouth, aim at your breath going into your stomach and take notice of the effect your breathing has on your body.Focus on your breath.
Start by choosing a meditation you are interested in from above.
- You may choose to sit in nature or simply imagine you are at your favourite relaxation spot. (you can see mine here)
- Put yourself in a relaxing position; you may be sitting with a straight back or lying comfortably (my preference!).
- Remember to turn off all notifications, close the door or let people know not to disturb you. You can put up a sign… “back in 20”.
- Finally, set your pleasant sounding timer if you are using one or if you are using a guided or musical one push play and enjoy!
Try out different styles and compare them to find the right one that suits you, any meditation that you like is the perfect meditation.You may also find different meditations suit different needs.
I want to emphasise, you don’t need to be sitting in a funny position or be by the ocean – there is no right or wrong here. Any amount of time you spend meditating will enrich your life. Aim at starting with 2 minutes per day. Click here to watch my 2-minute guided meditations.
The essential outcome is to make meditation a part of every day, let me know your favourite meditation method. If you would like to know more, join my upcoming Mindset Reset online course, find out more by clicking here and read more about the self-confidence building aspects of meditation here