Meditation can sound a bit intimidating, right? Or too whoo-hoo. Really though, it’s just about breathing. Quieting the mind (or at least trying anyways) enough to just focus on your breath. Tuning in and giving your body some much needed attention.
I like to use the Head Space app to guide me through the meditation. If you’ve never checked it out, I highly recommend it. You can choose to meditate for 1 minute up through 10 minutes. And there are specific sessions for anxiety, stress, fear of flying, or even if you’re in a creative rut.
However, all that’s really required to meditate is you, a comfortable chair, and a quiet space.
Find a comfortable place to sit. I actually prefer laying down, but I do almost always fall asleep, so cross legged on a cushion or chair is probably best. Unless of course you are doing it before bed to help you fall asleep.
Set a timer for however long you’d like to meditate for. I’d recommend starting with 2-3 minutes at first.
Close your eyes and breath. Don’t force it or change it, just notice it. After a few breaths, try breathing a bit deeper. In through the nose, really filling up your belly, pausing, then exhaling through the mouth.
The mind will start to wander. You’ll be distracted by the outside noise think or thinking about all the things on your to-do list. It’s okay! Let the mind go where it needs to, acknowledge the thoughts and then take it back to your breath.
The next step isn’t necessary, but it’s a nice addition to your practice. Start at your toes and work your way up your body, scanning the body for tension. Taking a breath and releasing it with each tight area you find.