Most of us live crazy busy lives. Many of my clients tell me that they are looking for some peace in the busyness. I know that I am. I often feel like I hit the ground running as soon as I wake up and don’t stop until I go to bed. More importantly, I’d love some peace from inner chatter that happens constantly in my mind!
Mindfulness is one amazing way to intentionally bring moments of peace into your life.
Click play below to watch this week’s episode to learn a simple meditation practice that you can start immediately.
Some of you may already have a mindfulness practice, some of you may be curious about how to start one and some of you may think that there’s no way in hell that you have the ability to sit still and clear your mind.
Am I right?
Well, that last one was totally me! My mind is always so busy that I thought I would just completely fail at meditation. However, I learned that I needed to re-frame that viewpoint. Meditation is NOT about clearing your mind. It’s about focusing your mind for seconds at a time.
During your meditation you will be pulled away hundreds of times by your thoughts…”What should I have for dinner?” “How long does it take to drive to Canada?” “Why do some squirrels fly?” And on and on and on…..
That is normal!
Each time you notice a thought and come back to your breath, you’ve succeeded.
You are noticing that crazy voice in your head in action and then distancing yourself from it. The more aware you become of getting pulled away, the faster you can come back to your breath and the less you can get yanked around by the voice….your ego.
Even just a couple of minutes are beneficial, and you can practice while sitting, standing or walking. It doesn’t have to look one way and it doesn’t have to be a time suck. Start in a comfortable position and start small.
So, how do you do it?
Close your eyes or just soften them, whichever you feel the most comfortable with. Settle your attention on your breath. Notice the inhale and the exhale. When you notice a thought come in – and the thought will surely come – just notice it, gently let it pass and come back to your breath and the present moment.
Rinse and Repeat.
One tip is to use my favorite App – Insight Timer – to time your sessions. It has beautiful bells that mark the beginning and end of your session.
It’s ideal to make this a part of your daily routine. The more you do it, the easier and more enjoyable it becomes. Start with a couple minutes and you can slowly increase the time.
You may be asking…”Why would I add one more thing to my already crazy, busy life?”
I’ll tell you!
There is now heaps of research that shows tons of benefits from meditation.
- It helps alleviate depression, anxiety, stress and pain
- It can shrink the amygdala, which is the part of our brain responsible for fight or flight
- It helps your brain release happy chemicals
- It helps to lower blood pressure
- It helps swelling subside
- It allows you to quiet the voice in your head
So, even though you may be busy, adding a couple of minutes of meditation per day is well worth your time.
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Question of the week:
How do you feel meditation can help you the most, and if you already meditate, how has it helped you the most?
When you answer, use #mindfulness.