If You Struggle With Meditation, This Is For You


by Jessie Gardner March 06, 2018

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Hey, Sunshine!

In a noisy world, silence is the greatest (and perhaps most needed) positive disruption we can bring into our day.

Today's messageis for anyone who struggles with meditation.

I’ve been finding myself sitting around various tables with people I love and meditation keeps bubbling to the top of conversation.

What’s interesting is there seems to be more stress and pressure around the topic than the peace and calm it is supposed to bring.

So, I wanted to share the best resources and habits I’ve discovered that have helped me make a ritual out of meditation without feeling the pressure to be a monk or “do it right”.

See if any of the below thoughts resonate with you.. 

You feel like you don’t have enough time…

Keep it short and sweet. You don’t need to meditate for 30 minutes or even 15 minutes. Try 2 minutes. In fact, research says there is more positive impact in your body and brain when you meditate consistently rather than periodically for long periods of time. Start short and grow from there.

You don’t know where to do it…

Sometimes we feel we need to be in a yoga studio or a zen garden sitting on a lily pad to meditate, but the truth is, you can do it anywhere. Even in a house that seems like a tornado hit it (aka my toddler) on a daily basis, I have a few items that allow me to create space to meditate no matter where I am. For me this is my coziest blanket, pillow to sit on, a crystal and my favorite mug full of hot tea. Knowing these magical and comforting elements are there for me inspire me to wake up, set up and create my mini wonderland where I can close my eyes and just be.

You don’t know how or what to do…

There are many ways to meditate and the right one is the one you feel most comfortable with. Here’s the basics:

  • Pick a time, any time: Pick a time - even as short as two minutes. Think about when you find yourself feeling the most worry, stress or anxiety in the day. Do you often wake up with a whirlwind of thought and stress on your plate before you get out of bed? Or when you come home does stress settle into a tumbleweed of worry in your mind? Start there. Two minutes after you wake up, before bedtime, or maybe during your lunch hour.
  • Create your wonderland: Pick one or a few things that allow you to look forward to this experience; a comfortable pillow to rest those buns, your favorite headphones, a spot outside where you can sit under the stars. Create your wonderland.
  • Music, Guided, or Silent: Some people sit in silence. I love having music in the background (my current favorite song to meditate to is this one). I also am a huge fan of the free 21-Day themed meditations Deepak Chopra and Oprah do every few months. The next one starts March 19th and you can sign up here.
  • Breathe. Just breathe. Really. That’s all you need to do. Breathe deeply, in and out, long and slow. Keep your eyes closed. Yes, your wild thoughts will come to play when you try to silence the world, but just come back to your breath. Listen to it. Feel your lungs fill up and release. The process is straightforward, yet we overcomplicate what is needed to absorb the benefit of this practice..

Out of all the benefits of meditation, I think the greatest one, and why it’s worth finding two minutes in your day to do, is because it is a ticket to come straight back to who we are.

It’s easy to veer off the path of our intuition, passion, and the desires that are seeded deep within us…

  • We make decisions based on reactions to external ideas, instead of our heart
  • We lose the ability to communicate clearly and with empathy, and snap like turtles at those we love
  • We choose to do things for the wrong reasons and wonder why we feel so “off” all the time

Meditation course corrects us back to our vision, purpose, and inner wisdom.

I believe it is the greatest acts of self-care any of us can give ourselves (and those we love, work with, and cherish) today and every day.

And if you feel like you need a meditation buddy and want to meditate with me, I made a recording just for you where I walk you through a two-minute meditation. You can access it HERE. It’s about 6 minutes total with an intro and closing.

To breathing deep and settling down for two minutes,

Jessie

 

Founder, HeySoul

P.S. I'd love to hear about your experience with meditation and if this was helpful! 

 


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Jessie Gardner
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