Oh My Darlings! I’m so excited to talk to you today about one of the most powerful and ancient forms of spiritual practice: Meditation. So wherever you are, get yourself comfortable, take a deep relaxing breath with me—in and out…because we are going to learn about one very important and simple meditation practice together. Be sure to watch the full episode to learn about 3 more awesome ways to meditate that can help you determine which kind is right for your own personal growth.
Before we begin, there are a few things to remember whenever you practice almost any type of meditation:
● You’ll need to set aside some time and space where you can be comfortable without being disturbed. It doesn’t need to be for long! Even 5 minutes can be enough to get results.
● While you are practicing, observe the present moment just as it is. Meditation is not about attempting to remove the mind of all thought, or achieving a state of perfect calm. The aim is to pay attention to the present moment, without judgment.
● When you notice judgments arise, just observe them and allow them to pass. Think of them as clouds, and let them just roll on by.
● And, whenever you notice your mind has wandered away, simply guide it back gently to your breath without judgment. Part of meditation is the practice of returning to the present moment again and again.
Mindfulness is another term for being fully present. The goal of mindfulness meditation is to suspend all judgment of ourselves, silence that inner critic, and instead explore our sensations, thoughts, and emotions from a purely observational standpoint. Okay so here’s, how to do it:
● First, sit comfortably in a spot that gives you stability. If you’re on the floor, cross your legs in front of you. If you’re on a chair, rest the bottoms of both feet on the floor.
● Sit up straight, but don’t stiffen. Allow your spine to be in soft neutral alignment.
● Rest your hands on your legs wherever it feels most natural, and you can have your palms facing either up or down.
● Drop your chin a little and allow your gaze to soften gently downward. You can close your eyes, or leave them open. It’s up to you.
● Now, bring your attention to the rise and fall of your breath. Notice the air moving through your mouth or nose. Listen closely to the sound of the air entering and leaving your chest.
● And from here, you just sit in non-judgmental observance of every thought and sensation that arises, and anytime your mind wanders away from the breath, simply notice and gently guide your attention back.
● When you are ready, take your time. When you do this on your own, give yourself the gift of 5 or 10 minutes before you lift your gaze and take a moment to notice how your mind and body feel.
Mindfulness meditation is one of the most accessible, and widely-practiced forms of meditation because the breath acts as a guide. The purpose is to gain self-understanding, so if what you need is to feel more grounded in your body, and to gain insight into your own thought process, Mindfulness Meditation is a great option for you!
Thank you so much for joining me today, and be sure to watch the full episode to explore 3 more creative and expressive ways to meditate! One more loving reminder I’d like to leave you with is that there is no wrong way to meditate, okay? And when you are beginning, it’s okay to start with even just 3-5 minutes at a time. It’s a gentle practice, so be gentle with yourself. If you give yourself some grace and give yourself some love, you will feel the presence of Spirit, because love is Spirit, and Spirit is love. Namaste.