Meditation is for anyone! That may sound like a bit of a rather overconfident statement, especially if you are new to meditation, but hear me out.
The tradition of meditation stems back several thousands of years ago in India, as recorded in the Vedas. Since then, MANY other forms of meditation have been established including those in Taoist China and Buddhist India. No matter what type of meditation you partake in, it is meant, in part, to bring attention to the physical sensations in the body. This allows your body to rest, the muscles to relax, breathing to slow/normalize, and positive emotions to bubble up to the surface. (Read more)
Furthermore, popular meditation platform, Headspace, shares:
Meditation isn’t about becoming a different person, a new person, or even a better person. It’s about training in awareness and getting a healthy sense of perspective. You’re not trying to turn off your thoughts or feelings. You’re learning to observe them without judgment. And eventually, you may start to better understand them as well.
So whether you seek out the practice of meditation to combat burnout at work, grow your own self-awareness spiritually, or collaborate your physical activity or movement goals, meditation is exactly what you need it to be, when you need it to be.
Here are a few tips to remember when you embark on your meditation practice.
1. Meditation is a practice
You do not come to anything new to you as the expert. Meditation is the same. As a practice, meditation should be approached as if you are the student (never the master).
2. Regular meditation is key
Consistency with all things is key to make it a habit that comes up as positive change in your life. So committing to some sort of regularity for this daily practice — whether it is 5 minutes in the morning, or an hour right before bed — is necessary so that change is not just made in the time in which you sit in meditation, but is also for the time outside of it.
3. Meditation is all about the tools
Meditation teaches so many skill sets that you can utilize in your daily life. From mindfulness and visualization to breath work and movement to affirmations and stillness, meditation allows us to explore tools that support our lives outside of meditation too.
4. Meditation looks how you need it to look
When you think of meditation you may have a vision of a Buddhist monk who sits in practice for hours a day in total stillness and “silence.” This is merely one approach to mediation. Meditation can occur when you are walking on a busy street, sitting in your bathtub after a long day’s work, or in a classroom with an instruction guiding you and others. It looks exactly how you need it to!
5. Remove the pressures of meditation
Mediation has excellent mind and body benefits, but going into any practice with expectations can actually diminish all those positive things that you seek. I always say a prayer of surrender, sometimes even aloud, before beginning my mediation practice. This helps me release any expectations and be in the present moment in order to reap the true benefits of my time in meditation.
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