How do I Meditate?
People are always asking my advice about meditation – how to do it correctly, what to do with thoughts, how to sit, when is the best time, and other questions like these. Let me take a moment to help demystify the experience of meditation, and assure you that every person can meditate.
Simply put, meditation is both a tool and a pathway. It’s a tool for us to receive physical and emotional benefits, such as stress relief, heightened creativity, better sleep, and improved mood and memory, to name a few. Meditation is also the pathway to discovering who we are as we connect with our spiritual essence.
Please keep in mind that there are many different types of meditations and no single “right” way to meditate. Any time the mind can enter deeper levels of awareness and silence beyond the mind’s noisy chatter, and the body begins to respond positively by becoming increasingly relaxed, you are receiving the benefits of meditation.
Meditation is a time you can look forward to. The process of meditation itself will provide the perfect experience for your growth every time you sit down to meditate. As you become more peaceful, open, and loving, the whole world benefits!
A few tips
When to Meditate
Morning and evening coincide with our body’s quieter rhythms. Our body knows how to be still; we just have to give it opportunity. Studies show that routines begun in the morning last the longest, but any time you look forward to meditating is the right time.
Being comfortable is most important. It is preferable to sit up straight on the floor or on a chair to help cultivate alertness, but if you are ill or need to lie down, that is fine. The mind has been conditioned to sleep when the body is lying down so you may feel sleepier. Your hands can relax on your lap, palms up or any way that you feel most open.
Thoughts will inevitably drift in and dance around your mind, but that’s normal. Don’t try to do anything with them – let them be. If you find yourself thinking about what’s passing through your mind, just return to focusing your awareness on the mantra or your breath – you will soon slip into the space between thoughts.
When we pay attention to our breath, we are in the present moment. In an unforced, natural rhythm, allow your breath to flow in and out, easily and effortlessly.
The effects of meditation are cumulative, and setting aside as little as 15 minutes a day to retreat and rejuvenate is beneficial. Many schools of meditation prescribe 30 minutes of meditation twice a day, and as your meditation practice evolves, you can extend your time. It’s better to spend just a few minutes meditating every day rather than meditating for an hour a week.
By: Daniella Warner
Daniella Warner of OMmazing Chocolates, makes bespoke artisan chocolates, truffles & raw healthy energy balls in her farmhouse kitchen in Gloucestershire and teaches Meditation & Laughter Yoga to balance her healthy lifestyle!