For years, Iâve looked at meditation as an excuse to be lazy. I mean, you just SIT there and say that itâs productive time? All the nopes from me. Plus, I canât slow my mind down for 3 seconds, let alone 15 minutes.
However, after my âcloset momentâ I knew that I needed to be open to new things and experiences, and since the universe seemed to be telling me I needed to âbe still,â I decided to give it a shot.
Believing that prepping for any journey should include shopping, I consulted my BFF of everything needed for successful meditation (and life in general)âAmazon Prime. I set up a âmeditation spaceâ and decorated it with a fountain, an oil burner, something I stole from my Nativity set that looked like church windows, and a black votive candle left over from a Kwaanza project, along with a vanilla votive that I found in a drawer. I figured having a black and a white candle was a good balance. I dripped some essential oil I into the burner with a little water, lit the candles, turned on the fountain, grabbed a fat Euro-style pillow from off my bed and plopped down.
The first day I was able to last a whole 3 minutes. But I went 5 the next day, and 10 after that. As I got better about focusing on my breathing, I realized that I was able to use the time to destress and my focus was better throughout the day. I also could use this time to connect with God, and listen to what He might be trying to tell me through all the noise that’s usually in my head.
I would definitely recommend meditation to anyone, and Iâve even started teaching basic principles to my kids. Hereâs a few helpful tips to get you started:
- Designate a space for meditation. While you donât have to go crazy on Amazon like I did, you will be much more successful during meditations if you practice in a quiet space away from distractions. You donât need much room, even a closet floor would work.
- Engage your senses. Keeping my 5 senses occupied has been a key factor in helping me focus. I light the candles, I listen to the fountain, I smell the oil. I also hold something in my hands, either a small stone that has my word for the year written on it, or a chakra stone if I am meditating on something specific (Iâll write more on chakras another time!)
- Donât go it alone. I love the free guided meditations I find on the Insight Timer app. You can pick how long you want to meditate, and then scroll through lots of different meditations on different topics. Some days I focus on a specific worry, or health of a loved one, or maybe I just want to be calm. Itâs all there, and itâs free!
Iâd love to hear your thoughts on meditating, if youâve tried it, and what works or doesnât work for you! Leave your comments below!