For a few years now, I have have developed the habit of meditation. Whilst I am not perfect, and on some occasions fall out of routine, I still make a conscious effort to get back on track and keep meditation in my life as consistent as possible. I notice that when I start my days with meditation I feel more mindful, centred, focussed and just genuinely happy. This typically flows from the morning and throughout the rest of my day, and aids in my ability to not be impacted by the energy of others and circumstances around me. Often when I discuss meditation with people (which I love to do), I hear more often than not, that they struggle to meditate, do not feel that its working, or believe that they are not doing it correctly so I thought that I would share some tips that I have found have helped me throughout my meditation journey:
- Setting – Its important to choose the right setting when meditating. Choose somewhere that you will not be interrupted, that is quiet and place yourself in a comfortable position so that you can relax. I like to meditate in a quiet room on a bed or lounge laying down, the curtains closed and my salt lamp on.
- Guided meditation – If you are new to meditation, trying a guided mediation can be a great starting point. Often when you are first starting out it can be difficult to “switch off” your mind, so having someone walk you through the process and talk you through what to focus on can be a great help.
- Breath – Almost every time I start a mediation I begin by focussing on my breath work. Slowly inhale, hold for a few seconds and gently exhale. Focus on where your breath is going and how it feels as it travels through your body.
- Observe – Try to observe your thoughts, rather than just letting them run wild in your mind. Switching off your mind in the beginning of meditation practices can be one of the biggest challenges, however with a simple shift to observing your thoughts, you will naturally be able to “switch off” as time goes on. Use this time as a spring clean for your mind. Allow whatever wants to surface to surface, whether it be good or bad. Observe it, allow it to be there, love it, and more often than not you will find that the thoughts will dissolve and leave on their own.
- Music and sound – This tip comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer to meditate in silence (which I also do on occasions), however I find playing some calming nature sounds on low in the background helps me to relax and centre myself. I use the nature sounds as a point of focus and observe the different noises, their depth and uniqueness. If you choose to not play music, you can still adapt this to the general noise around you. Focus on the birds outside, the wind, the sound of the fan or house creaking.
- Affirmations – As you exit your meditation, try affirming over yourself and life as you do. Breathe in deep and exhale. After exhaling say one positive affirmation and do this three times. I find that by doing this I feel completely as peace and excited, as I start my day.
If you have any meditation tips that you have found work well for you that I haven’t mentioned, please feel free to message me over on my Instagram @amyblooms, I am always interested in learning new ways to approach meditation.