“One conscious breath…in and out…is a meditation” – Eckhart Tolle
I’ve been meditating for a while now and have tried various types, from Group Meditation, Mantras, Gongs and Guided, to Apps and Breathwork.
All of these have been unique experiences, with some working well for me and others not at all!
The first time I did a Group Meditation my legs couldn’t handle sitting crossed-legged for over an hour and the pins and needles crept in. When I tried Gong Meditation, there was a moment where it felt like something landed on my legs, but then I realised it was actually me coming back into my body!
For me, meditation is the action of letting go and clearing the mind of all the clutter, paving the way for creativity to arise and/or reminders to pop up. A bit like an internal calendar.
It can also be a bit daunting to begin with! Along my meditation journey I’ve picked up a few useful tips that have aided me and that I’d like to share.
Here are 5 small ways to help meditation work for you:
- Don’t put pressure on yourself. If thoughts start popping into your head and just won’t go away, use the time as “thinking time” instead, and maybe write down the thoughts that arose afterwards. There could be some real gems in there!
- Don’t feel you have to do it for a long time every day. If the idea of a long meditation feels you with dread, simply start by sitting quietly for 2 minutes each day and build up from there.
- You’ll know when you’re ready. The idea of sitting quietly with our own thoughts can be quite scary for some of us. Especially in the age of distraction that we live in today. Try a simple breathing exercise first and then see how that feels for a while. Our minds are incredibly powerful tools, especially if we let them work their magic.
- You don’t need to chase the white light. It’s a phenomenal experience when I see the white light during meditation. It feels like I am surrounded by it and have a wonderful sense of calm and empowerment. This could be my third eye opening, or manifested from a guided meditation. Whatever your school of thought is on this, it is helpful to remember that it might not always happen, and we shouldn’t try to force it either, as this can ruin the entire practice.
- If you can’t sit still, get active with your meditation. Allow the body, mind and soul to become totally immersed in an activity such as walking, gardening, yoga or shaking. Sometimes we need more zest over rest!