Many people are hesitant to meditate, often because they are insecure about “doing it right” and/or haven’t felt they were successful when trying it in the past. But, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. The experience is what it is, and it is perfect however it turns out!
Meditation is about quieting the mind, relaxing the body, and just being with yourself. It is about letting go of the “to do” list and other thoughts that bombard our mind every second. However, it doesn’t mean that we can easily shut off these thoughts from coming. Meditating is about acknowledging that the thoughts are there, but they don’t need to be addressed or define us in those moments in which we are meditating.
Meditation is a practice; it is meant to be done regularly, every day if possible. It does get easier and the benefits from it grow over time. It helps keep you balanced and connected with yourself and gives you a break (physically and emotionally) from the hectic schedules we all seem to have. If practiced regularly, it can become a habit just like anything else you do regularly. The key is to know that whatever your experience or however hard it feels, you are meditating because you are trying to!
While there are numerous resources online to find out how to meditate, there is no specific method that works for everyone. Some need a temple or spiritual place, some need the same space in their home (possibly set up specifically for meditation), some need to be outside, some can do it anywhere. Some need it to be guided, some need complete silence. Some can do it for hours, and some for only a few minutes. What works for someone else doesn’t matter – you need to find what works for you. Again, any option is perfect – any moments you spend with yourself just breathing and relaxing are worth it!
Meditation is often included in many of the programs we offer – join us for one or call us to find out more information!