Daily Meditation 101
Daily Meditation 101
Do I have to sit on the floor and cross my legs? Should I hum? Am I supposed to be thinking? How do I stop thinking? For a practice that’s supposed to increase our connection to the peaceful present, meditation can sure stir up a lot of questions!
Don’t worry. The more you come to understand what meditation is, the easier it will be to enjoy the practice without overthinking it. Let’s take a deeper look at the benefits of meditation and the many ways you can use daily meditation to enhance your mindfulness.
What Is Meditation?
Meditation is a practice that involves elevating your focus on the present. By concentrating on the moment, all other mental clutter fades away. This provides an escape from anxiety and stress that can be both emotionally and physically therapeutic.
Exploring The Benefits of Meditation
The benefits of meditation last far beyond the end of the practice. Extensive research has shown that meditation can have several positive impacts on our emotional and physical well-being. These include:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- A slow-down of the effects of aging on the brain
- Better concentration
- Improved mood, self-esteem, and mindfulness
- Help managing addiction
So even if you start meditating to alleviate stress, you may notice a wide range of other positive effects stemming from the practice.
Types of Meditation
Meditation doesn’t have to be one size fits all. There are many ways to meditate, like active meditation, sound meditation, crystal meditation, and breath awareness meditation. No one form is better than the other. It’s about what’s right for you.
Let’s take a look at some ways to begin a practice of daily meditation.
If you find your mind races whenever you’re sitting still, you may be better suited to active meditation. In this practice, you engage in a seemingly mindless task that subtly draws your focus. Activities like coloring books, yoga, walking, gardening, and even knitting can be meditative.
Sound quiets the mind so you can work on deepening your relaxation. You can use a sound bowl or a bell to create your peaceful sounds, or listen to free sound meditation recordings on YouTube.
When you feel antsy, a sense of connection helps ground you to the practice. Something as simple as holding a crystal in your hand can provide that sense of connection with the nurturing essence of nature. Squeeze the crystal, feel the weight of it in your hand, and let that help you sink into a more connected, meditative state.
Breath Awareness Meditation
Breathing is automatic, but deep, conscious, intentional breathing is a powerful form of meditation. Breath awareness meditation asks that you direct your focus to slowly drawing in rich, calming breaths, and using each exhale to release tension.
Now that you know how to meditate, you may still be wondering how to make it a practice. Daily meditation is all about committing. Set aside 10 minutes to get centered whenever it will most benefit you. Some like to meditate in the mornings because it helps them better approach their day. Others like a night time meditation for more restful sleep. Here are some easy ways to add daily meditation to your routine.
The morning is the perfect time for a meditative yoga practice. Because yoga also incorporates breath work, you’ll get the benefits of a reduced stress, a physical stretch, and enhanced focus. It’s not about how strenuous the yoga is. This is about taking 10 or 15 minutes to get the blood flowing and just concentrate on the present.
Everyone experiences the midday slump. You can counteract that slump by using 10 minutes of your lunch break to meditate. Bring a coloring book to work that you can fill in for a bit of playful meditation. You can also go for a 10 minute walk outside. This invigorates the spirit and helps you come back to work feeling refreshed.
Encourage restful sleep by getting into a peaceful state of mind with nighttime meditation. Lay out a yoga mat or towel on the floor. Select a sound meditation on YouTube that instills a sense of peace. Grab a crystal to hold in each hand, and lay flat on the ground. As you let the sound meditation calm your spirit, focus on taking deep, meaningful breaths. Whenever you’re ready, end the meditation and prepare for sleep.
See? There are so many ways to meditate. You can settle on one form of meditation or practice them all. The important thing is that you find what works for you and make daily meditation a part of your routine. If you’re not already a part of our community, join up and see how others are using their Lunarly boxes to enhance their meditation practices.