09 Jan Is meditation for me?
Meditation isn’t just for the spiritually “woke”; it’s for you too. Anyone can do it, and there are no prerequisites or things to buy – you already have everything you need.
Meditation will make you healthier, happier, and more successful. So why wouldn’t you want to do it?
Although you’re ready to start meditating right now, that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. A meditation practice takes time and consistency. It takes a commitment to sitting in stillness and concentrating – which is harder than it sounds for most of us.
In a world where multitasking is admired, and busyness is worshipped, taking the time out of your day to sit and “do nothing” can bring on feelings of guilt. That or we believe we just don’t have the time for it. Sound familiar?
“You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day – unless you’re too busy; then you should sit for an hour.” – Zen Proverb
So while it may seem like you’re taking time out of the day to “do nothing”, it takes a lot of effort to carve out that space for yourself. And to sit, breathe and focus on something that isn’t a phone, computer or television screen.
In yoga, meditation aims to go beyond the mind and experience our essential nature, to unveil the true Self, the enlightened mind. But the practice, on an everyday level, has lots of tangible benefits you’ll uncover rapidly:
- Promote positive emotional health
- Enhance self-awareness
- Support for anxiety
- Reduce stress
- Better memory retention
- Lengthen attention span
“Meditation can help us embrace our worries, our fear, our anger; and that is very healing. We let our own natural capacity of healing do the work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
The basics of meditation
There isn’t one single way to meditate; there are many. However, let’s start simply with a concentration meditation focussed on the breath.
- Sit comfortably (don’t lie down, you might fall asleep!)
- Set a timer, so you’re not checking the clock.
- Close your eyes.
- Begin to observe the breath, not controlling it any way.
- Notice the breath: Where do you feel the physical sensation of the inhale and exhale?
- When (not if!) the mind begins to wander, take a moment to let your thought go and then gently guide your attention back to the breath.
- Rinse and repeat!
Has this post piqued your interest in meditation?
If you’d like to learn more about the yogic philosophy around meditation as well as delve deeper into the actual practice, join Michelle for a one-day meditation retreat on February 2, 2019.
Set in the lush green hills of the Currumbin Valley, this all-day retreat includes meditation, yoga asana and philosophy. It is suitable for all ages and abilities, no experience required in either yoga or meditation.