Yoga and meditation have brought a new level of mindfulness into my life. In fact, they were the nicest gifts I’ve ever received – and that’s why I love sharing them.
Meditation is important to me because it gives me the time and focus to center my thoughts and allow my mind to guide. In conjunction with my yoga practice, meditation enables an optimal level of mindfulness in my life – one that I believe I would not otherwise have.
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Meditation became a part of my life early on during my yoga training. First, I’ll admit: I felt very uncomfortable. Sitting in the lotus position was extremely uncomfortable for me. I spent most of the time peeking my eyes and blinking to see if others in my class were in pain as much as I was. I’ve always wondered if I’m doing it right and what I’m supposed to be feeling. My mind raced from one thing to the next – first going through my day and then visualizing random things.
And you know what? That’s perfectly fine. In fact, it’s very common for beginners to struggle to stay in the moment. For those of you who are starting or considering a meditative practice, my advice is to be patient with yourself. Meditation is called “a practice” for a reason.
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With each meditation, I eventually felt less pain and became calmer. That feeling of calm would stay with me all day. I’ve learned that by ending my day with meditation, I will be able to relax and sleep better.
A beginner’s guide to meditation
If you have tried meditation in the past but have been unable to hold onto it, now is the perfect time to approach it with an open heart. And if you haven’t meditated before, I encourage you to try and be patient with yourself. Here are some of my favorite tips for anyone looking to start a meditation practice:
- Set the mood. I like to silence all of my devices. Sometimes I light candles or burn sage – all to set the tone for a calming session. I also try to relieve my meditation room as much as possible to eliminate distractions.
- Start with short sessions. To start with, I recommend practicing for five to 10 minutes every day. Don’t be frustrated if you have difficulty sitting in a quiet position for so long. It is perfectly normal to fidget and feel uncomfortable. It will take you some time to get used to being in complete stillness and not letting thoughts dominate your brain. Be patient and stick with it.
- Timing is everything. Try to meditate first thing in the morning when your mind is calm and fresh after a good night’s sleep.
Meditate like a wellness warrior
The meditations I share in my Wellness Warrior Workout course will help you go inside to clarify things and become more aware of who you are. In meditation we focus on the breath because your breath is always present. Paying attention to your breath can anchor you in the present moment and silence the thoughts, emotions and noises that can overwhelm you and prevent you from hearing your inner guide.
Meditation is when I listen to my heart and soul and connect with my mind. My spirit guides my way and will guide yours, if you allow it. It is so difficult to find out what your authentic truth is. There is so much external noise that is crowding out your inner voice – from social media and loved ones to your boss and your neighbors. Through meditation and deep breathing, I silence this sound, calm my mind and tap into my inner guide. The connection with this inner guidance is so important. If you don’t know who you are, then how do you know where to go?
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