Finding balance can sometimes be a struggle. Between our jobs, social commitments and of course our family time we struggle to balance all of the moving parts. Sometimes I look at my calendar and realize that it’s way overbooked and I have to wonder “Do I really need to say yes to everything that I’m invited to?” Immediately I’m stressed out and my mind is going in a thousand different directions about all the things that I need to do, buy, make etc. before each event.
At times like this I need to find some balance. So I meditate. Which is also something that I struggle with but I am making the effort to add this very important ritual to my life. So you may be asking why is meditation so important? Well meditation can ease stress and it’s also beneficial in calming the mind, easing anger and improving self-confidence. In the times that we live in now we could all use a little more of that!
I’m sure that there are people who want to try meditation and they don’t know how. So I wanted to share a very simple way to meditate that you can try at home.
I like to pick a quiet dimly lit room in my home and light some candles or incense. Sometimes I play music in the background. Sometimes I meditate on my terrace. Try whatever makes you the most comfortable and if it doesn’t work then try something else.
Step 1. Sit comfortably in a half-lotus position (see below), if that’s not comfortable sit in a position where you back is straight and you body feels relaxed. The spine must be straight in order to have unencumbered breathing. Rest your hands comfortably on your knees or in your lap.
Step 2. Close your eyes and relax every part of your body starting from your head to your feet. I like to visualize water falling over me very slowly, washing away all of the tension and anxiety.
Step 3. Inhale through your nose slowly and gently hold. Exhale slowly out through your mouth (pulling from your diaphragm) and count it as one and continue. Focus on your breath, the rise and fall of your belly and how it feels, the soft sounds it makes. Your mind may wander but try to focus. Practice this for a few minutes.
Your mind may wander from time to time and that’s ok. Gently focus your energy back to your breath. It can be harder than it seems to focus on just one thing!
Step 4. When you’re ready to end your session open your eyes and slowly stand up. At this point I like to stretch lightly or just sit still for a few moments. Namaste.
I hope that you give meditation a try and if you do please let me know, I’d love to hear your feedback. If you meditate on a regular basis please share how often and why you meditate?