Meditation | The Workout for Your Mind

“I need to reply to these emails. Oh, and I need a dress to wear to Kathryn’s party tonight. But first I have to pick up some groceries for the weekend, or else I’ll starve. I’ll have to do that after a shower though, so I can let my hair dry. Ahhhhh! I don’t have any shampoo at home!!! I guess I’ll have to get that first. Hopefully, this client will call soon, so I can leave a little early. I have so much to do! Oh, and I should….”

Do you have days like this when you feel like you’re thinking about a million things a second? We are incessantly thinking about duties, memories, worries, plans, events… even thinking about thinking!

Honestly, thinking this way can become so exhausting that you feel like giving up and doing absolutely nothing. It’s just easier sometimes to grab a few snacks, turn Netflix on, have a glass (or three) of wine, and pretend that all these worries and to-dos don’t exist. 

Trust us…. we have been there.

People even turn to things like caffeine, alcohol, and sugar to help push them through rough times. While these choices can be fine when done in moderation, they are often just that “quick fix” to get us through whatever difficult situation we are dealing with. Unfortunately, these are also the habits that will hinder us from reaching our goals when the consumption of these items goes beyond moderation. This leads to you asking yourself questions like “Why did I drink so much last night”, “Why do I spend so much money on these caramel cappuccinos”, “Why did I just eat a whole bag of Oreos”.

Wouldn’t it be great to avoid these questions by not having to supplement your daily life with bad habits? Instead, you would be fully prepared to take on whatever the world throws at you! Well, you can do exactly that with a little bit of meditation each day.

Here are just a few examples of different meditation styles

Mindfulness Meditation

This type of meditation focuses on remaining present in the moment by observing your thoughts, emotions, and the surrounding.

Breathing Awareness Meditation

In this meditation, you follow each stage of breath while breathing deeply and slowly.

Transcendental Meditation

The aim of transcendental meditation is to change your thoughts or your current state of being by repeating a word or a phrase such as “I am confident”.

Mantra Meditation

In this Vedic tradition, a sound or phrase called a mantra is repeated to calm your mind.

Visualization Meditation

Aiming for relaxation or positive changes, this type of meditation focuses on visualizing a relaxing scene and healing through your body, your goals, or other mental images, such as your breathing stages.

Here are a few tips to start

  • Find a quiet spot where nobody will disturb you.
  • Sit on a comfortable chair, pillow, cushion, yoga block or directly on the floor. Sitting meditation is the most common and also a great position to start in.
  • The classical position is to sit with your legs crossed and back in an upright position to remain focused. Form circles with your finger and thumb or rest your hands on your legs.
  • Close your eyes.
  • You can start off in silence to guide your own thoughts, or follow a guided meditation from a podcast, an app, or YouTube.
  • Start off by meditating for 2-5 minutes.
  • Most importantly–don’t worry about doing something wrong. There’s no right way to meditate. It is important that you find your own style that helps you feel calm and happy.
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