I actually just recently started getting more into the whole yoga and meditation scene. Let me tell you, it has seriously changed my life. If anyone is looking at it and not sure whether they want to start it or not, I would highly recommend it.
When I say meditation though, I don’t mean trying to call some spirits or mumbling something creepy… No. Literally all meditation is is just taking a little bit of time out of your day (typically 5-10 minutes) to just sit in silence where you know you won’t have any distractions.
It’s a great way to let your mind wander and not get worried about anything happening around you. Usually I do it in the mornings right when I wake up after a quick session of some yoga stretches.
For me, I just snag one of my million pillows off my bed, place it on the floor for comfort when I sit on it, and maybe light up a few candles.
You truly can do this anywhere you feel comfortable and quiet. For me, my room is typically the best option but if you can’t get anything done with people in the house (if you have roommates, family, etc.), you might even find a quiet room in your local library or even a yoga studio nearby that would let you have some peace.
Once you’ve found a place of serenity, place your pillow, mat, or whatever you have to sit on to make it as comfortable as possible, on the floor. Then, cross your legs in a sitting position and place your hands comfortably on your knees with your palms facing towards the sky. I usually just relax my hands but if you want, many people touch their thumbs to their middle fingers or pointer fingers and hold them that way.
Close your eyes and just sit there for however long you would like. Most people start out only going for a few minutes but once you make it a habit, you’ll bump it up to about 15 minutes or longer if you choose. Make sure you are focusing on your breathing. Breathe in through your nose and feel the air fill up in your lungs, hold for a three count, then release the air out of your mouth. I truly find this the best way to relax.
- Relieves stress and anxiety by helping you relax
- It has been known to have mental health benefits such as better focus, memory, happiness, self control, and more.
- It’s also a great way to understand yourself better and have a better self-awareness.
The modern day of life has people constantly stressed and constantly worried about work and life. Little does everyone know how beneficial it is to just take 15 minutes tops out of their day dedicated to getting a little self-awareness.
Yoga has the same benefits as all of these, it just takes a little bit more effort than just sitting in silence and letting the mind wander.
However, yoga has way more physical benefits and mental benefits to it. For example, a few include giving you peace of mind, better posture and balance, helps you focus, lowers blood sugar, and many many others.
I know reading this it may seem a tad weird to change your lifestyle just a tiny bit to include one of these two things in your daily life but starting is always the hard part. It might also seem weird to even meditate in the first place like “I don’t need to do this, I’m totally healthy and fine with the way I am.” That’s great but anything can always be improved.
I’m not forcing anyone to partake in such an act but you will never know how amazing the feeling is of meditation or yoga until you try it out yourself. I can sit here and write out all these great things about it, but you’ll never know the full experience unless you take my advice and just try it at least once.
Once you have started to see and feel the benefits yourself, you won’t be able to imagine not doing it everyday.
“Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better, it’s about befriending who we are.” – Ani Pema Chodron
I hope you guys enjoyed the article! I’m going to try and keep it consistent from now on, I’ll make time to write these posts and maybe a few more to make up for my lack of consistency! I’ll be posting every Sunday or Monday and Thursday or Friday. Whenever I have time each of those days! Thanks for reading everyone and I hope you all have a great rest of your day, don’t forget to make some time to meditate in there!
Peace & Blessings