Spiritual well-being is as important as mental and physical health. That feeling in your gut, that guides you one way or another in decision-making times needs to be nourished. Like all energy, it is finite and you must grow it and protect it in order for it to continue to properly guide you.
One of the most effective ways of nourishing one's spirit is through meditation. Meditation is ideal for centering for anyone, but it is especially helpful for people who have hectic schedules. A few of the benefits of meditation are improved focus and memory, reduced negative emotions and impulsive behavior.
Here are a few tips to add meditation to your daily routine:
There are several different types of meditation including breath, Kundalini, Zen, Transcendental, Metta, and Progressive. Each of these is meant to improve different areas. The internet and bookstores are good places to research which type of meditation is best for your life.
Start small. Sit still in a comfortable place for a couple minutes to begin your meditation journey. Build on the time monthly until you get to a good place. Before you know it, you’ll be meditating for 10-20 minutes per session.
It is easy to overthink breathing technique when meditating. Do not try to control your breath, just breathe normally and allow yourself to get into a rhythm. Counting your breath also helps.
Pick a time that works for you. Most experts suggest that morning meditation works best. The logic being that it’s easier to meditate as soon as you wake up before your day gets in the way.
Just like everything else, there is an app for meditation as well. Actually, there are several apps. The Mindfulness App, Headspace, Calm, Mindbody, and Insight Timer are a few of the top apps of the genre. Most of the apps are free or are free with a trial. Users are guided through sessions ranging in different times and concentration levels.
Have an accountability partner who also meditates. That way, you can keep each other on task and share your experiences when you’re done with your daily meditation.
If you’re considering to start meditation, let us know how these tips work out for you. And if you’re a pro at it, share your tips with us at @mountainvalleywater.