5 Simple Tips To Begin (and LOVE) Meditating
Meditation has changed my life in so many ways and every day I feel the peace that comes from sitting in silence, grounding and setting intentions for the day.
Meditation is also so personal, it’s a journey to tune in with yourself and so, what works for you to get to that place of calm might not work for someone else … and vice versa.
Here are 5 tips and tricks to help you make this life changing practice a daily ritual. As with everything, take what resonates with you and leave the rest.
1. Sacred Space
Find a quiet space, it doesn’t need to be fancy but merely somewhere you can have the peace and focus to hear yourself think.
If you can, try making this a daily part of your routine by setting a specific time and sticking to it. If it’s getting up ten minutes early or perhaps taking part of your lunch hour.
Make sure you are sitting comfortably, this means you do not have to sit in lotus to meditate, sit in a comfy chair, use a pillow behind your back, feet grounded on the floor.
2. Helpful Tools
Audiobooks, guided meditations, and even apps can help deepen your meditation practice. One of our favorites is Insight Timer.
Malas have been used for centuries as a guide during meditation, not to mention they are beautiful to wear. The 108 beads on the mala serve as a physical reminder of the number of times an intention, prayer or mantra is repeated.
Our Modmala is a modern version of a traditional mala necklace. It’s a simple DIY kit to create your own mala. As you string your beads, think about your goals and aspirations. Consider what these goals look like and feel like. As you tie knots between beads, you will be connecting your intentions and self-love to the mala. By being present during the process, you may open spaces in yourself to examine challenges that are holding you back from your full potential. During meditation, start with the guru bead, work your way around the mala stopping at each bead and repeating your mantra, wish, word, phrase, whatever feels right.
3. Find Grounding
I love burning sage right before I set down to meditate. Burning sage is an ancient art, the smoke from dried sage can have a direct effect on reducing our stress response, simply by changing the air element. So lighting a little sage is like taking an energetic shower or having a spirutal cleasnsing.
Hold a stone, or crystal.
4. Set an Intention
Love, balance, Expression, Purpose, Serenity, Strength ...
Keep a journal with you to jot down any insights or notes of gratitude that come up during your meditation.
A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles.