We are firmly in the busiest time of the year for those who celebrate the holidays and I figured it would be a good time to talk about one of my favourite practices: Meditation!
The number one thing I hear from clients is they struggle. They don’t know how to do it. They get frustrated. “I don’t know how to clear my mind so I can sit still.” is probably the most common response I get when I ask if they are into the practice. The other one is time. No time to get still, I’d rather have the extra five minutes to sleep, eat, or whatever. I feel like the biggest barrier we have as humans is we get stuck in trying to do something right, or having an idea that it has to be a certain way and if we don’t follow that exact way, we may as well not even bother.
Here’s the thing. Contrary to popular belief, you can meditate however you want. Lay down. Go for a walk. Listen to someone speak. Be in silence. Sit in Lotus position on a pillow. Hang out in your easy chair. It’s all good. You don’t have to practice a certain way to get results.
Second thing, don’t try to clear your mind. There’s actually no need for it. That myth of clearing your mind to “meditate” properly, well. Pure BS. The point in fact is that you should meditate so you can clear your mind. So if you can be in stillness and just let the thoughts be whatever they are, you’re meditating. You may actually have some pretty powerful realizations about yourself if you can sit with your thoughts rather than try to push them away. The purpose of thought is that it’s leading you somewhere! So don’t worry about shutting that off.
Third thing, set yourself up for success. If you know you’ll be tempted to look at the time, set a timer. If you have a hard time sitting up, lay down. If stillness is really hard for you, go for a walk. Listen. Be silent if you can. Put meditation in your schedule! Download an app. There are some great ones out there. Track your practice! Join a meditation challenge. Anything that will remind you to tap into your practice.
Science has shown us that the benefits of meditation helps with cognitive function, stress management, improved memory and better sleep. It’s also a powerful way to tap into the universe, get answers you’ve been looking for, help you manifest what you want more powerfully. Yes it’s that good. So if you need something to calm you down during this crazy time, try out meditation. Even if it’s 5 minutes every couple days, that’s perfect! Commit to it, come back to it, don’t be afraid of it. It’s so good for you!!