Two years ago my coach introduced meditation into my life. I’ll admit, I was hesitant. Well let’s be real, I thought she was crazy and there was no way I would be doing THAT! When I heard “meditation” I immediately pictured long-haired, pot smoking, flower bearing hippies sitting cross legged in a grassy meadow! Thank goodness I ignored this visual and instead listened and began in the process. I'm certainly not perfect but I've been rather consistent in my practice so I'd like to share three ways in which I enjoy meditating.
1. Guided Meditation
Guided meditation can be a great way for a newbie to begin practicing. Find a recorded meditation, there are plenty of great ones on YouTube, in which someone is guiding you through the session. I find these are extremely helpful when I have a specific goal in mind, such as falling asleep easily, achieving weight loss or for healing.
2. Discovery Meditation
When I first started working with my coach I was determined to uncover what really made me happy. I began each morning sitting quietly in a comfortable chair with my feet on the floor and my fingertips touching. I set my phone timer for 10 minutes and began with my eyes closed, taking deep breaths in and out, really focusing on each breath. Once I felt relaxed and calm I would begin thinking about what really made me happy. I would not force the thought but rather let ideas and visuals appear naturally. It was amazing what came to me that I never really thought of. You can use discovery meditation to help uncover answers to your deepest questions.
3. Calming Meditation
Some may call this “mindfulness”, but I like to separate mindfulness from calming meditation because of their purposes rather than the naming convention. This is when I need to take a few minutes to simply relax and regroup. During a stressful morning in the office I may close my office door, put on soft music, close my eyes and re-center myself. I find this allows me to see things differently and respond to situations rather than react to them. It also serves as a point of rejuvenation so that I can conquer the remainder of my day.
I encourage you to choose one type of meditation and practice it consistently each day for a minimum of 21 days. Remember, there isn’t a right or wrong way to meditate nor is there a single right time. You could do it in the morning or before going to bed. You could do it for three minutes or ten minutes. The point is to just GET STARTED and do it CONSISTENTLY.