1. Anyone can meditate. You’ve just gotta want it.
Like any practice, you have to want to do it. Like, not just because someone told you it was good; but really want it. Maybe it’s not meditation that you want but it’s the results. Like no one wants to diet but we all want to be thin…. That counts too. I hear many people say, “I can’t meditate, I’ve tried but it just doesn’t work for me”.
I have good news: Meditating is much simpler than we make it out to be. If your breathing air, you can meditate. Beginning a meditation practice requires only your slight willingness. Your desire to experience something new is all you need to get on a new path.
You must set the intention to begin your practice now. Say out loud to yourself: I am OPEN to meditation and I welcome a new practice into my life. This simple statement will begin to come integrated into your cellular belief system. 17 seconds is all it takes for a thought to become a belief!!! Eek!! 17 seconds!!! Be careful what you think! Truly anyone can meditate. If there’s a will, there is a way.
2. Set the mojo.
It’s great to create a space in your home that is quiet, uncluttered and serene. I strive to have a place without any electronics . This is just my personal preference, a calm environment can help a busy mind but it is absolutely not necessary to have a dedicated space in order to meditate. You can meditate on a park bench, at your desk, in the bathtub, on the bus or even in a bathroom stall. A bathroom stall doesn’t really set the mood but you can still do it! Meditation can become a part of your daily routine and you can do it anytime, anywhere.
Many meditation teachers suggest that you create a sacred space to meditate in. Even if you have a small apartment, you can set up a meditation pillow and light a candle. Make your space feel all zen like.
3. You DO have time to meditate.
You have a minute to spare, for sure. Even the busiest of busy people spend time on social media, heck even reading this post right now.. if you give yourself a couple minutes a day to meditate, your day will move more fluidly, your mind more calm and time is literally created through the calm and organized nature you were able to instill in your body. Plus, your coworkers, partner and children will thank you. One minute a day spent in stillness can change your life. Commit to one minute a day and use this practice to silence your mind and calm your energy.
The One-Minute Breath
For one minute follow this breathing technique:
Breathe in for 5 seconds
Hold your breath for 5 seconds
Release for 5 seconds
Hold for 5 seconds
Practice this breath pattern for one minute a day.
This is just one simple breath tactic, there are many.
4. Quiet does exist or so I’ve heard. Here is what I do:
Meditation can be as simple as finding your pulse or placing energy anywhere on your physical body. For example focusing on your pulse or simply focusing on your left knee or whatever body part you fancy. This simple focal point improves your concentration and brings calm to even the most scattered mind.
Sit comfortably cross-legged on the floor.
Lightly close your eyes and focus on the space between your eyebrows (the third-eye point).
The mantra (repeated phrase) is Sat Nam (which means “truth identified”).
The hand position (mudra) is simple. Place the four fingers of your right hand on your left wrist and feel your pulse. The fingers are in a straight line, lightly pressed on the wrist so you can feel your pulse in each fingertip.
On each beat of your pulse, mentally hear the sound of Sat Nam.
This meditation can be done any time, anywhere and you can experience great benefits in just one minute. Practice it daily to develop your intuition and calm your mind.
Start with this simple mantra and this simple one minute practice. We will build together from here. Best of luck. I hope you find your happy quiet place.
If all else fails…