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What You Need To Know About Meditation

By Lyndsay @balancebrunette

When you are centered, believe you can conquer anything. Doing is believing and transforming your state of mind will transform you, your body, and your being. After all, health is wealth so why not create a sense of happiness within – in your mind – as well as outside – your body. 

The effect of mindfulness is holistic. Mindful practices evoke a feeling of intention. They raise your vibration and help you live fully in the present moment. This post will help guide you into a life that is open-minded and practical. It will teach you there is an interrelationship between the body and the mind. By practicing mindful activities, you will construct a beautiful life with positive influence and change. 

Starting small and increasing your practices will guide your body into a natural rhythm of mindfulness. Practicing yoga, adding walks to your daily routine, wearing spiritual bracelets, and mindful eating will also help us stay energized and balanced.

What You Need To Know About Meditation
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Practicing meditation and mindfulness can and should become an essential part of your day. Meditation is a mindfulness practice and just 10-15 minutes per day will nurture your body and yourself within. To achieve a sense of mindfulness, you need to dig deep within yourself and stop your emotions from getting in the way. Expand your worldview and master mental resilience to curate a sense of calm for your body, your mind, and your wellbeing. 

Mindfulness can also be heightened through external bodily practices. Being outdoors and in nature is grounding and enhances that mind-body connection. Nature has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Mindful practices, like gardening, give a sense of community and offer physical activity. All whilst getting some vitamin D, which can improve cognitive function. Gardening is an incredibly therapeutic activity and can reduce depression and anxiety symptoms by easing stress and improving your mood.

There are many other ways to be outside and practice meditation all at the same time. Daily walks in nature, watching sunrise and sunset, picking flowers, sunbathing, swimming, cycling, and watching the world go by are all therapeutic mindful practices. Being in nature has a cathartic effect. Whatever activity is uplifting and soothing for your mind and body should be what you continue to practice every day. Finding what works for you is the key to personal happiness. 

While most people feel they need to go to a class to meditate, that is not true at all. The beautiful thing about meditation is that you can practice it almost anywhere. Anywhere that is calm, comfortable, and collective is a place where you can meditate. Find yourself space where you can effectively clear your thoughts and use that as a place to practice daily. 

Also do not believe that meditation has to be done in silence. If taking a walk or listening to music helps you be mindful and calm, then do that. As long as it can clear your mind and let you reap the benefits of the practice, so be it. 

You may be wondering how exactly to meditate. It’s a very simple practice and all you need is yourself and a quiet place to be able to do so. Meditation will allow you to get a fresh unexpected perspective whether you’re a beginner or experienced. The best mind-body techniques to insert into living your beautiful life blueprint include:

  1. Set achievable goals – Start small. 1 to 2 minutes a day is enough to practice and get a feel for meditation. The best advice for meditation is to set achievable goals. Whether you are a meditation newbie or truly someone who’s tried meditation and given up (like me), start small and realistic. Do it for 1 minute. Starting small is the answer to success. It reinforces the idea that you can do it. Just showing up for yourself is already a success! As you feel more comfortable and mindful, your practice will naturally get longer. Around 15 minutes per day is a good goal to aim for once you’ve mastered your meditation technique. Create a vibe. Whether it be music, scent, or space. Then, make it something you look forward to.
  1. Meditate first thing each morning – Allow yourself a fresh unexpected perspective. A daily practice of quiet allows us to become more present, more creative, and more open. Setting this intention will allow you to go about your day with a sense of gratitude, happiness, and mindfulness. 
  1. Check-in with how you are feeling – listen to your body and your mind to see what perspective you want to focus on and work on. Each new practice will bring new emotions and working on the day by day is a great way to grow.
  1. Count your breaths – when you can, count your breaths and see how your stomach rises and falls throughout each breath. You may not be able to keep this up throughout the entire practice as you may have things you want to think about, focus on, and channel and that’s okay. But, when you get the chance, focus on your breathwork. 
  1. Come back when you wander – try and stay with whatever arises in your mind and stay on track throughout your practice so you feel satisfied after. When and if you find your mind trailing off onto other thoughts, come back to your original focus so that you can wrap up on a positive path. The mind is our most precious resource through which we experience every single moment of life. Don’t beat yourself up if your mind wanders. Taking the time to sit and be still is looking after your mind and there is no downside to that.
  1. Develop a loving attitude – practicing meditation every day will soon become a part of your life you will not want to live without. Learn to love it, to learn yourself, and most importantly, smile when you’re done. It will make you feel incredibly composed and grateful.

To achieve your highest sense of mindfulness, you must be present. Focusing on your present self and your surroundings instead of the past and the future will allow you to be aware of your thoughts and actions in a non-judgmental manner. Being present and mindful is the core benefit of meditation and will allow you to communicate how you are thinking and feeling to both yourself and others.

How do you meditate?

Thank you for reading!

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