Don’t think you have time to meditate? Guest Post by Amanda Ewin
If only there was another word for meditation. It scares people, yet it is something that we could be taught in school, from the early days. What a wonderful tool it would be, to take with us into adulthood; to improve our lives and help us cope better with the stresses we face daily. Anyone can learn to meditate. The hardest thing is facing the fear and asking ourselves what we are afraid of. Meditation isn't all about having a still mind, void of thought.
What it is about, is taking time out, making it happen and focusing on being present. There are so many variations; it's not hard to find a method that works for you. It does, however, take a bit of effort. I know, nothing in life that is worthwhile comes without effort. I promise you, it's worth it!
For me it started after a friend recommended a meditation course she had done. I went along and loved it, but it wasn't until 6 months later when I had surgery (to repair some trauma after childbirth) that I really put it into practice. Then it became invaluable and helped with my recovery beyond words.
Daily meditation keeps me grounded and is extremely calming.
My preference is guided meditation and there are some great resources available. Yogaglo.com is one resource that works wonders, with many variations of guided meditation (including beginners tutorials) from 5 minutes to 60 minutes, on varying topics. Naomi also has some great, free guided meditations on her YouTube Channel.
The importance is finding a style that resonates with you. What works for others may not work for you, so keep the search happening until you find a style that is calm and relaxing. It’ll be worth the time.
No, you don't have to sit on the floor cross-legged with your palms face up, incense burning. You can just sit in a chair in a quiet space and set your timer. There are no rules.
Start with 2 minutes. Put the timer on, sit with closed eyes and focus on your breath.
Thoughts are fine. Keep returning to the breath. Timer goes off and 'hey presto', you just meditated! Throw out all the rules meditation has for you and start from scratch, with an open mind.
Celebrate your achievements.
Meditation really is an incredible tool that helps reduce stress and improve our daily lives. Starting is the hardest part. You don't have to do a course, you can teach yourself.
Be kind and stick to 2 minutes in the beginning or give the guided style a go. You will thank yourself and it's truly worth celebrating!
How often do you meditate?
Amanda is really passionate about health and wellbeing and practices what she preaches daily. She brings you a wealth of knowledge gained from many years of cooking, eating, creating, exploring, reading, listening and practicing a holistic lifestyle. Check out her website here.