As a heart-centered coach, I can definitely see how meditation can and does have a huge impact on being able to stop the chatter in your head, to focus inward and to just be.
There are a ton of different types of meditations, reasons to mediate and ways to do it. Essentially, there is no right or wrong way to meditate and it’s different for everyone.
Just know that I’m not a meditation expert, nor a medical practitioner. What I can say though is that in my own experience I have found it to be a huge, game-changing tool in how I feel, my health, my happiness, my ability to focus, and ability to connect with my heart.
Even if you haven’t tried it, I’m sure you are somewhat familiar with some of the traditional ways of meditating, which include sitting quietly, fostering stillness and focusing on your breath, repeating a mantra, etc.
These traditional ways of meditating are awesome, especially if they work well for you, but just know that simply sitting in silence isn’t the only way to mediate.
The truth is that there are so many different ways to mediate. Just like there are different meditations for different things, such as quieting your mind, seeking guidance, connection, relaxation, manifesting, and gratitude.
Likewise, there are so many different ways that you can do it.
For instance, you may find it meditative to walk, hike, run, or dance, you may find it in swimming, taking a bath, praying, reading, or singing.
Essentially, any activity that you find to be relaxing, that helps you quiet your mind, can have the same rejuvenating and beneficial effects as traditional stillness practices.
Regardless of how you do it, at the end of the day, they all have the same goal, which is to move your attention from the outside and physical world into your inner self and internal world. It’s about quieting your mind because it is from this space that you create your best work and your best life.
How do you feel about mediating or stillness? Is this something you enjoy doing?
I started meditating long before I even knew I was doing it. For me, I found sports to be very grounding and a great way to get out of my head and to just be. I also did this through walking, hiking, and yoga.
When I made a conscious decision to incorporate more traditional meditation in my life, I started with guided meditations that I found online. I literally just Googled ‘guided meditations’ and would pick one that resonated with how I wanted to feel that day.
At first, I found this super challenging, uncomfortable, and frustrating.
With practice and patience though I have definitely come to appreciate it a lot more and now actually look forward to it.
It started with a few minutes here and there.
Over the years that has progressed and now I try and give myself a loving amount of quiet time at least once (and when I’m really in the flow, twice) a day. I strive for 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes in the evening but it often ranges.
Some mornings I accidentally fall back asleep or get sidetracked. One thing that I have noticed though is that the days I don’t want to sit and be still (or feel like I don’t have the time to be) are the days that I need it the most.
By allowing my busy mind some quiet time, I have noticed a huge difference in how I feel. I have more focus, I am less reactive, have more compassion, and it boosts my creativity, productivity, and inspiration.
Another bonus is that by entering into a state in which you are present and in the moment, it helps rewire your subconscious to be more at peace, which helps you connect with your heart, rejuvenate and recharge your soul.
In Oprah’s book, What I Know For Sure, she too talks about the power of stillness and meditation.
After sharing how ‘the constancy of stillness’ and meditation fuels her, she invites you too to try it.
She says, ‘I think you’ll agree that Glinda the Good Witch was right. ‘You’ve always had the power.’ You just have to be still to find it. And when you do, you’re on the way to finding the fullest expression of you.”
With that being said, here are eight meditation exercises that may seem simple but can have a huge impact on your life, health, and soul.
- Guided meditation (Check out YouTube, Spotify, etc. Head Space is also a great app for guided meditations. I think they offer a free trial so it’s worth checking that out too.)
- Being near water or taking a bath
- Listening to music
- Repeating mantras
- Being surrounded by nature
- Sitting quietly while focusing on your breath
These are just a few ideas. Take what resonates and leave the rest.
Love & Light,