As a lover of mindfulness, a yoga teacher, a certified massage therapist and reiki practitioner- I’ve had amazing opportunities to dive deep into meditation and the mind body connection.
I would say my meditation practice as a student has been in and out over the years, but I always find my way back. The most important thing I’ve learned is that meditation is different for everyone. I’ve found that somedays, my deepest meditations are on runs or when I hike- eyes wide open, listening to music, fully invested and immersed into my surroundings. Other days, I set up a full meditation station and I lay down and put all my pillows around me and close my eyes. Meditation can be journaling, deep breathing, sharing your truth, or just being in your happiest place- silent or full of life.
Beginning or re-beginning a meditation practice does NOT mean that you have to sit around for 30 minutes- an hour trying to “not think.” A meditation practice can begin with 2-5 minutes of deep breathing, finding awareness, and letting your mind flow.
If I have learned anything, it’s that there is no wrong way to meditate. If you are tuning in, you are doing it right. It takes some practice, a little bit of letting go, and trying on something new- but I guarantee meditation is something that you can find blissful and joyful!
Here are my favorite apps/tips on how to begin meditation!
Light a candle, make some tea, get cozy!
Create or be in a space that makes you feel warm and fuzzy. :)
Set a timer! I use an awesome app for this (See below)
Decide if you want guided meditation, music, or stillness!
I love this very gentle Tibetan-singing bowl artist on Spotify- I use this to teach yin/meditation!
I have a TON of yoga playlists on my Spotify as well… check it out!
Schedule the time in. Even if it’s right before you go to bed, in the middle of the day- you deserve to know yourself in this way!
Use affirmation cards! Below is a great deck to start with:
Insight Timer - I LOVE this app- it has meditations, you can set timers, get music, everything.
Sanity & Self - This app has been so amazing and is made for boss babe women!
Headspace - Relaxation and stress management, this is such a good go-to app for everyone.
Calm App - one I just started using, I really love it! Accessible and you can select what you want to work on!
Breathing Meditation 101
Find a peaceful space! This can be in your room, living room, outside, on a hiking trail, a park bench, a sandy spot on the beach, etc.
If you are sitting or laying down, take a moment to close your eyes.
Take 3 deep nourishing breaths. Deep inhales, deeper exhales. This will set your slate clean for your meditation practice and get your nervous system to a place where it can relax a little deeper. The more deep breathing you do, the more your body will receive!
Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Observe your body softening as you relax and soften your shoulders, chest, rib cage, and jaw. Allow your breath to flow naturally, and feel everything relax with ease. If your mind wanders, just come back to your breath.
If you need to, set a timer for 5 minutes! Try 5 minutes and set reasonable expectations! You don’t have to meditate every day for even 10 minutes to feel centered. It could be 2 days a week for 5 minutes, or more! I truly believe this shouldn’t be a chore- it should be a celebration of connection!
Questions? Ask in the comments below! I meditate in the mornings and journal, most of the time it’s 5-10 minutes but somedays it’s longer! Do what makes you feel joyful.