Meditation - as we all know - has huge benefits to our well being - both physical and mental but our busy lives mean many of us feel we don't have the time or the patience to meditate. However taking just 15 minutes out of your day to breathe and be still can improve the way you deal with the challenges life throws at you.
So how do you start?
Choose your timing
It's not selfish to take time out for yourself. Choose a time of the day when you know the kids don't need feeding, the dog doesn't need walking or the washing cycle is about to end and disturb your you time with the annoying "I've finished!!!!" bleep. Let the rest of the household know you're taking some time out and find a quiet, calm place with no outside distractions.
Loose clothing, room temperature and a comfortable sitting position will help you drift into your meditation practice more easily. It's important that you find what suits you. For some, that will be sitting in the full lotus position, for others it may be sitting in a chair, on the floor on a cushion or even laying down. However you decide to sit, be conscious of your posture and position and ensure you don't slouch your body.
In through the nose, out through the mouth. Your breaths may be shallow to start with but as you become more aware of your breathing and your body in general, your lungs will fill more and your breaths will deepen. Keep your eyes gently closed and your gaze behind your eyelids soft. If you find yourself distracted by your thoughts, refocus on your breath. Continue for as long as you feel comfortable and able to focus.
And to end it all
When you are ready to finish your practice, slowly open your eyes and let them adjust to your surroundings. Whilst still sitting, gently move your head from side to side releasing the neck. Slowly stretch the arms before coming to standing.
When you first start to mediate, you may find you can only focus for a few minutes at a time. There's nothing wrong with that - a few minutes of deep breathing and awareness will still be beneficial. As you practice more, you will be able to extend the time you spend in meditation and the benefits will grow.
There are several different types of meditation you may like to try. Some people like to meditate to gentle music, natural sounds or a beat whilst others may prefer a guided relaxation practice. Whichever you choose, enjoy your meditation and the calm and peace it will bring to you - you deserve it.
Here at The Circle, we have developed a unique meditation class called Tempo Kido which helps to slow down our active mind through a unique method of breathing and meditation to a gentle beat. The results are proving to be quite incredible. Visit The Circle Brighton today for more information.