One of the biggest parts of self care is being able to have quality alone time with yourself. Meditation is a big part of self care for me and has done wonders in my personal growth and development.
For people who are new to this, it may seem hard to sit in one spot for a long time, but once you get the hang of it, you won’t be able to go a day without doing your meditation session!
For the last part of this New Years Resolution series, here are easy meditation tips that anyone can use!
1. Try Sitting For 2 Minutes
When first meditating, it can be hard to just sit and do nothing for a long period of time. So start by meditating 2 minutes a day for a week. If that seems to work well, then increase mediation time an extra 2 minutes per day. If that goes well, keep adding 2 minutes a day to your meditation time until you are comfortable.
2. Do It First Thing In The Morning
Set a reminder every morning when you wake up to meditate. By setting a daily alarm, this will ensure that you will make it a habit to meditate everyday.
3. Don’t Worry About How, Just Do
Don’t worry about the correct place to sit or how to sit, just start very simple. You can start by sitting on a chair, couch, or bed. If it’s more comfortable for you sitting on the ground, feel free to do that and try sitting cross-legged. You goal is to sit somewhere quiet and comfortable.
4. What You’re Doing In Those 2 Minutes
How you’re feeling: As you begin your meditation session, simply check to see how you’re feeling.
How does your body feel?
What is the quality of your mind? Busy? Tired? Anxious?
Understand that whatever you’re bringing to this meditation session is completely okay, whether good, bad, or indifferent.
Count your breaths: The next step is to turn your attention to your breath. Just place the attention on your breath as it comes in, and follow it through your nose all the way down to your lungs. Try counting “one” as you take in the first breath, then “two” as you breathe out. Repeat this to the count of 10, then start again at one.
Come back when you wander: Your mind will wander. This is an almost absolute certainty. There’s no problem with that. When you notice your mind wandering, smile, and simply gently return to your breath. Count “one” again, and start over. You might feel a little frustration, but it’s perfectly okay to not stay focused, we all do it. This is the practice, and you won’t be good at it for a little while so just take it one day at a time.
Develop a loving attitude: When you notice thoughts and feelings arising during meditation, as they will, look at them with a friendly attitude. See them as friends, not intruders or enemies. They are a part of you, though not all of you. Be friendly and not harsh.
As you begin to include meditation as a daily self care method, remember that the goals for meditation are to:
-find inner peace and calmness
-be in the present moment
-activate your subconscious to find inspiration
-reach a level of fulfillment
So give these tips a try and if this is done consistently, you will notice an improvement in your mood for sure! If you have any useful tips on meditation, feel free to comment below!