Hello beautiful souls♡
Let’s talk all about one of my favourite topics today- meditation and bringing yourself to the present 🙂
When you are new to this practice, or haven’t really consciously tried doing it before, it may bring about some initial judgements in your mind that put you off from even giving yourself the wholehearted chance to give it a go and have this full experience.
It’s one of those things that may be labelled as ‘woo-woo’, or a complete waste of time, especially in today’s fast-paced society (I admit, I used to think that).
It’s one of those things that may paint the picture of a zen photograph, with a person sitting cross-legged in the middle, hands resting on the knees and palms facing up, surrounded by luscious greenery or on top of a mountain.
For sure meditation can look like this, which is absolutely beautiful and wonderful, but in reality you certainly don’t have to go to a forest to meditate. In fact, I now aim to live my life in a state of meditation.
Meditation is one of the simplest and most effective practices that you can do on a daily basis to improve your wellbeing and mental health, especially for those of us who live in a hustle and feel constantly under pressure. By prioritising just a few minutes towards meditation every day, it can allow you develop a healthier relationship towards time, life, and more importantly, with yourself.
When I was younger, the only time that I ever came across this practice was in school. I remember a few times throughout primary and high school, we would have a meditation session every now and then, where the teacher would make us all lie down around the classroom, and she/he would read a us guided meditation. Most of my peers fell asleep, and admittedly there were times when I almost did too, but for the most part I actually really enjoyed it. I loved creating and visualising the imagery being described in my mind, and it most definitely gave me a sense of relaxation and calmness. Other than that, I didn’t really think much of meditation until early this year, when I experienced a spiritual awakening and realised the importance and need for conscious silence in our lives.
What is Meditation?
Meditation is a spiritual practice with ancient history dating back thousands of years. It is the art of being still, using mental techniques to clear and transform the mind, and reach a calm emotional state.
There are many different types of meditation, and it’s just about trying and finding the one/s which work best for you. According to Visual Meditation, there are 7 main types-Transcendental Meditation, Heart Rhythm Meditation, Kundalini, Guided Visualisation, Qi Gong, Zazen, and Mindfulness. Ultimately, regardless of type, meditation is simply about setting aside quiet time to Be, relax the mind, deep breathe, become an observer, and cultivate inner peace and awareness. It is about being present in the moment. As Eckhart Tolle says, the only thing that we will ever have, is the present moment.
Personally, I really enjoy Guided Visualisation and Mindfulness meditation. The beauty of life is that every single individual is unique, so have some fun and experiment to see what kind is your favourite.
Why is it so important?
A.k.a, what are the benefits of meditation?
The benefits of meditation are truly immeasurable and purely incredible for the mind, body and soul. Daily meditation can change your life for the better, transform your mental health, and allow you to connect to your highest self to live to your soul’s fullest potential. This is because meditation works with your brain, where it can change structurally and functionally, allowing you to better control your thoughts.
Here are some more benefits and why meditation is so important to incorporate into your daily life:
- Shifts your mindset to develop inner peace
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Enhances mindfulness and focus
- Raises your vibration and frequency
- Boosts your positive energy and confidence
- Releases physical and mental tension
- Enhances your intuition
- Enhances clarity of vision
- Enhances compassion
- Improves memory and decision-making
- Promotes inspired action
- Improves self-awareness
- Unleashes creativity
- Decreases blood pressure
- Slows the process of ageing
All of these benefits are not only great for your own higher good, but when you begin to live in alignment with your highest self and intuition, this will also reflect into your outer reality, allowing you to cultivate a life of love and joy, and radiate your positive energy onto those around you. You can develop more meaningful relationships, see challenges as divine assignments to learn lessons from, make more conscious choices, and attract the life that you desire. You tap into your inner peace and find fulfilment within, the innate state that your soul is.
Another important reason why meditation is now an essential part of my daily routine is that it allows me to be in a receiving state. Our minds are constantly thinking thoughts all day long, which turn into physical outcomes as we take action upon them, and while the doing part of our lives is also key in the process of manifesting our desires, the being part of our lives is equally as needed. When we quieten the mind and tune in, we let go of the ego, and become an observer of our thoughts instead of being consumed by them. In this state, we are being the pure consciousness that we are, the white space between thought and awareness, here in the Now. We are not being controlled by anything. And when our minds have this quiet time, we give space for the universe to communicate with us, which is why during meditation many people experience receiving downloads or great ideas that make them feel inspired and excited. This is all guidance from Source, leading you on the path to your calling. When you receive an idea that lights up your soul, take action upon it straight away, because at this moment the idea was given to you for you to carry out and manifest into the physical world. It’s because the universe knows that you absolutely have the capacity and ability to do this, otherwise the idea wouldn’t be yours. So when you meditate, you allow for creativity to flow through you, and generate new ideas that move you forward in life to reach your desires.
How do I meditate?
It’s really, super simple. My best tip: don’t overcomplicate it.
All you truly need is for yourself to show up, and your breath. The various methods of meditation can all help with your transition into this elevated state of consciousness. Always keep in mind that there are no ‘rules’ you must stick to; as I mentioned, meditation is just about bringing the mind into a calm emotional state.
Here is a very basic meditation method that I like to use:
- Find yourself a quiet, peaceful and relaxing space to be in where you energetically feel good.
- Set an intention before you begin your practice. How do you intend to feel during and after the meditation? You can write it down, and even keep a ‘meditation journal’, tracking down how you feel before and after, and any insights you recieved.
- During the meditation, you can sit or lie down, although I have learned that sitting is more effective. You can also sit on a comfortable pillow if you would like, and the key word is really just to get comfortable.
- Relax your muscles, drop your tongue, take a deep, nourishing breath in, and exhale out any tension.
- Place your hands in a position that you would like (I usually place mine face up on my knees), gently close your eyes, and simply bring your attention to your breath. Let go of all of your other thoughts, and be present.
- What follows is up to how you want to meditate. You may want to listen to a guided meditation with earphones in, only focus on your breath, or bring your focus to another element in your body or surroundings, for example.
- If you are a beginner, I recommend using guided meditations for a start. You can find my ‘Guided Meditations- A Journey To Connecting With Your Highest Self’ here.
- You can also repeat mantras in your mind as you meditate. I like to use ‘om’ or ‘a-ham’, and you can find more powerful ones here. To understand more about mantras and why you can use them, watch this video.
- During my silent meditations, I also like to ask questions, proceeded by doing some visualisation. Two questions I always ask for guidance with from Source are:
- “How will you use me to serve today?”
- “What is it that I need to know?”
You don’t have to meditate for hours. In fact, even 2 minutes of silence every day will make a difference and bring you incredible benefits. As it is said, if you are “too busy” to meditate at all, you probably need to be meditating even more. Whether it is 10 minutes, half-an hour, 40 minutes…personalise this practice to suit your own lifestyle.
As a beginner, I started off by meditating for 2 minutes in the morning. Slowly, I transitioned into 3 minutes, then 4, 5, then 10 minutes, as I trained my mind to become better at focusing on one thing and my body to better slow down and tune in. Now, meditating for 10 minutes really feels like 1 minute, and it has become a habit like brushing my teeth- I just do it because my body needs it.
In the beginning, I also found it challenging to calm my mind. I thought that meditation was about having absolutely no thoughts floating around at all. My mind often wondered to the list of things I had to do for the day, or how delicious my breakfast was, or the emails I needed to reply to, and because of this I thought that I wasn’t doing something right. My meditation often looked like this:
………………*thoughts* *awareness* *back to breath*…………………………………………*thoughts* *awareness* *back to breath*………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..*thoughts* *awareness* *back to breath*…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
But along my journey, I learned that this is all perfectly normal. Rather, like with anything in life, meditation is not about perfection. Floating thoughts are a sign that you are human, so it’s okay, sister (or brother). I noticed that over time, with practice, my mind has developed to become better at focusing, and whenever thoughts do pop up, I simply say “Hi, thank you for being here, I appreciate it, but let’s go back to the breath for now”. No getting impatient, stressed or frustrated. Simply allowing myself to be, to have these thoughts, and turn myself into the observer instead.
I also mentioned earlier that I try to live my life in meditation. For me, this means living in a state of mindfulness and presence whenever I become aware, and accepting everything that is in the moment. It also means doing things that allow me to meditate at the same time. For example, going for a walk in nature, practising yoga, writing, doing calligraphy and cooking, are all like meditation for me, because it allows me to deeply focus on doing one thing, bringing me to the present. Remember, there are no rules, and every soul is different. Some people love to sit and meditate for an hour, whereas others it only works for 10 minutes (a.k.a me). This is related to our doshas and mind-body constitution, as we are all made up of different amounts of water, air, fire, earth and ether (space), so naturally some of us are more ‘airy’, for example, than others who are naturally more ‘grounded’. I recommend learning more about ayurveda- it is something that has truly changed my perspective on life.
I truly hope that this post has given you new insight into meditation, and perhaps inspired you to consciously incorporate this into your life starting now. It is one of the most powerful tools for de-stressing and living with inner peace, something that is much needed in today’s world. Meditation is an act of self-care, and with self-care, comes great love within ourselves and the world.♡
Sending my love,