Tuesday, March 28th, 2023 | Article by: Mathilde Hardy
We’ve known for a long time that meditation is a great practice for our mental and physical health. Studies show its impact on blood pressure, anxiety, depression, etc. It evokes a better version of ourselves, but getting to that better version takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work.
If you’re struggling with how to get started, here are some ways that we’ve come up with to help:
- Just start. The first step is making the commitment to start meditating. Otherwise you’ll never get to it. The beauty of meditation is that there is no correct way to do it: everyone will have a different experience. You decide to sit for as long as your body and mind need to, especially when starting out.
- Finding the right kind of meditation. There are thousands of meditations out there, but finding the right kind for you is important. It ranges from guided meditations to long, peaceful soundtracks. Luckily, these can be accessed on many music streaming platforms.
- Breathe. In then out. Really slowly. This part is crucial to getting your body to relax. Even if the first few breaths are shaky, after a few you’ll find a natural rhythm. To help find an even breath and relax my body, I like to diffuse a relaxing essential oil or blend, like lavender or Down Time.
- Designating a “meditation spot.” Where you meditate as well as consistently meditating there are two very important parts. If it’s your bed, your body will want to sleep instead of focusing on the meditation. I have a designated chair in my room: sitting in a chair helps with keeping your back straight and feeling grounded. I also never meditate without a thick blanket to keep me warm.
- Remember that when you meditate, it’s a stress-free AND pressure-free zone. It’s easy to feel discouraged after the first few times, but it’s important to remember that even the greatest names in the meditation “world” needed years to master the practice of meditation. Even now they’re still growing and learning. Listen to your body and what it needs.
- My favorite part of meditation is visualizing my goals. Meditation wouldn’t be as fun if it didn’t include visualization. Every morning, I pick 1 to 2 goals that I want to visualize. I imagine myself achieving those goals and how that would feel like. It makes me feel inspired even if I’ve had a crappy week or night of sleep. Visualization is a great motivator to get you to meditate.
I wish you all the luck in your meditation journey and a practice full of joy and abundance!