Just Sit: My Experience with Stepping into Meditation + Some Easy Steps to Get Started

I became interested in meditation about a year ago during a time in my life where I needed clarity and calmness of the mind. I meditated everyday for a month and a half straight, then stopped. At first, I thought I was doing it wrong or like I was just incapable of meditating because I always had so many thoughts. I picked the practice back up a few months later, but didn’t commit to my practice daily until about two months ago. My meditation practice for these past two months has drastically reduced my anxiety, has enhanced my sense of self-awareness, has given me clarity, has gotten me into a space of gratitude and love, and so much more. The rewards are limitless, you just have to show up for yourself.

My advice? Just sit. Take 5-10 minutes out of your day to sit down with yourself and tune in. Here are some of my suggestions for mindfulness meditation ❤︎

❤︎ Find a quiet place (you can sit on a firm chair or on the floor with a pillow or blanket under your bottom for support)

❤︎ Put some relaxing music on in the background if you’d like!

❤︎ Close your eyes, soften your gaze, or if you have trouble with either, I like to gaze at a candle flame.

❤︎ Place your hands in your lap, or look into mudras (symbolic hand gestures) to see which one calls to you. *there’s a link below!*

❤︎ Notice your breath (try to breath from the diaphragm instead of the chest, it’ll help you relax). Keep observing your breath without trying to control it. As you continue to do this, your breath will even out.

❤︎ The goal isn’t to try to think about nothing. Instead, simply note your thoughts as they arise, acknowledge them, let them pass, then focus your attention back on your breath. Remain reactionless to your thoughts. Get a grasp on this, then you can take your practice a bit further and go beyond the mind to experience our true nature: bliss.

❤︎ Go through the motions. Breath. If/when thoughts arise, let them pass and then focus back on your breath.

❤︎ Don’t be afraid to move. Listen to your body. If you feel pain, adjust your body until you find comfort and the least amount of tension in your body.

❤︎ Sit, lie down, close your eyes, maintain a soft gaze, use mudras, place your hands in your lap. This is your practice, make it your own. Find what feels best, find what works for you.

❤︎ When you feel ready, gently flutter your eyes open and take all the time you need to thoughtfully transition back into your day.

❤︎ Be patient with yourself. Meditation has the power to give us something that we may not be able to recognize very easily. But the best things in life take time, so allow yourself that time. Trust the process, tune in with yourself, and be open to listen.

 

A few helpful links!

❤︎ Mudras https://chopra.com/articles/10-powerful-mudras-and-how-to-use-them

❤︎ You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life by Rebekah Borucki was a huge help for me when I first started. This book provided me with short, but very effective, guided meditations with each meditation geared towards something different. It is a great tool if you are looking for a little help stepping into meditation. https://www.amazon.com/Have-Minutes-Change-Your-Life/dp/140194972X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1539654963&sr=8-1&keywords=you+have+4+minutes+to+change+your+life+simple+4-minute+meditations&dpID=51lcEYywKSL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

❤︎ Headspace is a meditation app that you can download on your phone and has been an invaluable tool for me and my meditation journey. Definitely recommend this app! https://www.headspace.com

 

❤︎❤︎❤︎ P l e a s e feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions about this topic or any other topic, I’d love to talk to you!

 

 

Xoxo & n a m a s t e

Setting the Intention… ❤︎

Welcome! So, since not many people know much about me, I thought it’d be best if I started off by writing a little bit about what led me to create a blog in the first place. I am here because I have spent way too much time trapped inside my own head, doubting myself, and worrying about what other people are going to think of me if I do something I actually want to do. I am here because I have found the courage to follow my heart and speak my truth. In doing this, I have discovered so much about myself and am understanding what I would consider one of the most important things in life: how to love myself. Loving and accepting yourself is a lot easier said than done, however, learning to do this has been one of the most rewarding parts of my personal growth journey.

Furthermore, I wanted to shed some light on the path I have chosen. I’ve always felt a need to help others, and at first I thought I could satisfy this need through becoming a nurse, but I was wrong as my heart was not in that profession. After a little soul searching and self discovery, I came across a field of work that I fell absolutely in love with and that allows me to offer my help/guidance/service to others: holistic nutrition (mind, body, soul). And as a form of expression, I receive the most satisfaction from writing so I figured, why not take it a step further and share it? This led me to blogging.

Now, I know how hectic life can get so I plan on making my posts relatively short, but packed with lots of good information. I will be writing about a lot of different topics, for example: yoga, nutrition, personal struggles, fitness, spirituality, experiences, discoveries, my journey, my passions, natural healing, and so much more. My vision with this blog is to share my journey and act as a mirror for the many who have yet to dive deep within themselves. For so long, I ignored my truest self and let my ego consume me, my inner demons guide me, and my unhealthy habits define me, but my time for change has come. I am so excited to begin this new chapter in my life and I cannot wait to start sharing with you all. Thank you for showing up ❤︎

 

Xoxo & n a m a s t e