It’s May. Springtime or Autumn, depending on your GPS.
Either way, it’s May.
This May let’s Meditate.
I just moved from a big city to a small town. From cement and smog to fresh air, trees, lakes and a volcano. I just moved to Pucón, Chile.
That lake is literally a 5 minute walk from where I’m currently living.
I did it to change everything. I did it to get back to myself. I feel like the longer I spent in a city without much contact with nature, the farther away I got from my true self… from my “inner me”.
“If it’s not working, change everything.” – Zak Reid
So I decided to make a big life change. Simplify my life and work to better myself. I thought – what better way than start with daily meditations?
Then I thought about you…
Have you ever meditated before?
Have you practiced consistently?
Have you done it enough to see the benefits?
Meditation is powerful.
I first learned about mindfulness and meditation when I was about 18 yrs. old. At that point in time I was having problems with an over-active brain that I could never turn off!
I would walk staring at the ground, lost in my thoughts. I had a hard time sleeping at night and would lay in bed staring at the ceiling and thinking. Basically, my thoughts were controlling me, not the other way around.
So I decided to change that. I stumbled upon a book named Mindfulness In Plain English that changed everything. It really spoke to me (as well as 250k+ people around the world). It taught me to learn how to work to be present in this moment.
“The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.” – Caroline Myss
I made some great advances with regular meditation, but then I just kind of…. stopped. Sure, I’d mediate occasionally during the following years, but nothing consistent. That is, until now.
I encourage you to celebrate your own Meditation May. It doesn’t need to be some gigantic time commitment that stresses you out, it’s just about meditating more than you currently do. If you currently meditate 0 minutes per month, try a few 10 or 15 minute meditation sessions.
I’ll be meditation 31 times for a minimum of 15 minutes per session, or 465 total minutes or almost 8 hrs.
What is meditation?
Essentially, it’s the practice of calmly guiding your mind. When we meditate we’re working to improve our control over our thoughts and mind.
“The thing about meditation is that you become more and more YOU.” – David Lynch
This is all very abstract, let’s talk about the concrete act of meditation.
I find the easiest meditation is to focus on the breath. Find a quiet place to sit comfortably (but hopefully not sooo comfortable that you fall asleep). Relax, close your eyes and breath normally.
Focus on the sensation of the breath entering your body, this can be focused on the feeling of air entering your nostrils, or of your chest inflating. Then focus on the feeling of the breath leaving your body as you exhale. Do that for 10 minutes.
Your brain will think of everything in the world and take you out of the moment. You’ll suddenly remember that you need to call a coworker, that you can’t find your keys, or about a forgotten doctor’s appointment.
Each time this happens, and you realize it, gently bring your mind back to the breath. Don’t get mad at yourself, don’t get upset or frustrated, don’t get judgementmal and talk down to yourself, just gently redirect your focus. Feel the breath enter, then leave your body.
“One conscious breathe in and out is a meditation.” – Eckhart Tolle
Mindfulness is about being present in the now. When you eat your lunch mindfully, it’s about enjoying the flavors, being thankful for the nourishment and being present as you chew. When we meditate regularly we train our mind to be present. We train our mind so that we can decide what it focuses on. We train ourselves to be mindful.
Will you join me? Do you meditate?
Would you like more practical meditation tips?
Let us know below in the comments.