What is all the hype about with Meditation?
I have been meditation for approximately 5 years. At the time I didn’t know really anything about it. I knew buddha’s and monks did it but I didn’t know why. All I knew is that they seemed like happy calm people, so I wanted to try it out for myself.
When I first started out I would sit crisscross on the floor in the absolute silence and I would close my eyes and try to focus on absolutely nothing. Sometimes when I closed my eyes I would see this river of tiny dots so I tried to focus on that. After, what felt like an hour I would open my eyes and only 1 minute had passed.
Wow, This was hard.
How on earth could people sit for so long and think about nothing? I often found myself getting mad at myself. I was thinking about other things such as things I would have to do around the house. I would also let my mind wander in the past and the future, I would end up giving up rather than trying to keep going.
It felt like I was defeating the purpose of meditation because I would get more frustrated than I would calm. So I would walk away from meditation completely. Eventually, I would be so overwhelmed with life again that I would venture back into meditation. It was then that I started to actually look into meditation. To my surprise, it was rather fascinating, and it didn’t need to be so hard.
What do I do with my Wandering Thoughts?
This is one of the most common questions that I get asked when it comes to meditation. It is completely ok to let your mind wander. The key is to acknowledge the thought, do not judge yourself, or the thought, and allow it to pass, bringing yourself back to the present moment.
What if I constantly feel different body sensations, such as an itchy nose.
This is also quite common. Notice them, and without judgment allow them to pass. Notice your entire body from head to toe and hold no Judgment.
What if I feel strong emotions?
Sometimes we can feel strong emotions. Again, allow the emotions to be present without judgment. You can always practice naming the emotions: “joy,” “anger,” “frustration.” It is okay to let them go.
I’m not Religious.
Mediation is not a religion. It is simply a state of awareness. Allowing your body to reconnect back to the present moment. It helps your body to fully relax, and let your worries, fears, and negative thoughts to float away until you are able to focus on them properly.
What are some different Styles of Meditations that I can try?
I often encourage people to just be mindful throughout the day. As your driving to work, name your surroundings, tree, road, field. Also notice their colors, how they would feel to touch, their shape, etc. This is a form of meditation and allows you to reconnect back to the present moment. We have programmed our brains to constantly be worrying about the past of the future. This allows us to retrain our brain by taking the focus on negativity, stress, and worry.
Another Form of Mediation would be a Mantra Meditation. You can choose a mantra that resonates with you. I like to choose I AM statements. Such as I am Strong, I am Beautiful, I am Determined, I am Willing, I am Enough. You can sit and repeat your mantra over and over again in your head. This allows you to keep your focus on the words. Again this helps to reconnect out bodies with positivity.
Guided Meditation is my favorite form of mediation. There a ton of apps that you can use my favorite is “Insight Timer” it allows you to choose your duration such as 1 minute to hours. It also allows you to choose what you want to focus on such as stress relief, self-love, sleeping etc.
“In mindfulness, one is not only restful and happy but alert and awake. Meditation is not evasion; it is a serene encounter with reality.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
I would love for you to Join me for a guided meditation held at Circle Studio in Petrolia. Do you struggle with large groups? Book a Private mediation. Remember It doesn’t need to hard, it doesn’t need to be long, it just needs to be.