Have you ever tried to meditate? If you’ve never done it, I’m sure you have a lot of questions about it. People may feel intimated by the fact that they just have to “sit there and do nothing.” Is that really a fact? Or is it a myth? I am going to declare that a myth.
One thing to know about meditation is that it comes in many forms and ANYONE can do it. Another thing to know is that you’re not just sitting there for hours doing and thinking about “nothing!” Meditation can be quite approachable and useful. I teach a beginners meditation class once a month and I introduce different methods of meditation. Here’s one of them.
Meditation doesn’t really have to be complicated and hard. You can make it very simple. It only needs a few minutes of your time to start a meditative practice. One thing you can do to meditate is to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Yep! That’s it.
If possible, find a quiet comfortable space. Take a seat, close your eyes, and begin to take deep breaths. When you take deep breaths, it focuses your mind on the action of breathing. When you’re focused on your breath, you tend not to think about anything else. In a sense, you’re clearing your mind - or at least, removing distracting thoughts in order to pay close attention to each deep breath. You can do this for as long as you like. Or, better yet, set a timer for 2-3 minutes and begin your breathing meditation.
And that’s it! Yes! This is considered meditation. Try this a few days a week. Do it when you feel stressed. Also, practice it when you’re NOT stressed so that your mind gets accustomed to the idea of calming your mind in this fashion. Try it and let us know how it goes for you.