Good day beautiful souls!
I try to meditate at least once a week. I love to do it on the floor in my room. Burn some vanilla candles and play rainy sounds at background, this help me to focus on the present. My favourite pose to do it is in half lotus pose (aka Ardha Padmasana) I just sit over my mat, close my eyes and take some deep breath in to calm my messy head.
Sometimes I focus on a problem I need to solve so I can see it into perspective. Other times I use it to be grateful for something happened to me or my beloved ones. And the majority of the times I just sit and connect my body and soul.
Lot of people think meditation is to clear your mind, but actually is just the opposite. The key of meditation is not being isolated from the world around you but to see, ear and feel everything around and being capable to be relaxed and focus on the present.
They said meditation is hard and I’m totally with them. I can practice over and over one asana I want to master and I know if I do it for enough time I’ll achieve it. But meditation is completly different. When I started meditation I usually found myself reviewing what I had done during the day or thinking about stuff I need to do… If you’re like me I have 3 tips that helped me to improve my meditation practice. At least as beginner one.
START WITH GUIDED MEDITATIONS
If you had never tried meditation before I recomend you to start with guides ones. It’s more easy to relax yourself and focus on a subject when someone is leading you. There’s a lot of wonderful guides meditations through youtube but I encouraged you to search for the one you feeling more in tune with you. I love the ones from Cristina Herrero (but there’s on spanish, my mother language) because I love the sound of her voice. I also love the ones my balance’s teacher doing at the end of the classes (even if I can’t do it anymore due to my work schedule)
This one is my favourite one. It just consist on breath in and out. So simple, isn’t it? Well, in fact it’s a little more complicated. I started this kind of meditation thanks to Jack Kornfiel’s book Meditation for beginners. I love this book. I came across it when I need it the most. And it provides you with some simple exercises to starting meditation. I sincerily recommended you to get a copy for yourself.
The key is to feel the breath in and out. Notice the air through your nose, how fresh it is when it comes in and how it changes and become more hot and humid when comes out. Try to inhale on four (count it mentally) keep the air for two, exhale on six or eight and keep two more before repeat the cycle. If you start to hiperventilate or feeling bad, please, stop. You body is wise and is telling you that you’ve going to far.
When you have mastered this with of conscious breathing I encorauged you to going one step further and start to experiment with real pranayama. You’ll find loooot of tutorial through the web, just google it.
I totally love this. Is so easy and peaceful. It provides you a mental massage that you can feel physically. It’s so magical. Start on savasana (or corpe pose). Close your eyes, take three deep breaths in and relax. Now we’re going to focus our attention on our body. A part at time. Start with your feet. Feel the feet. The toes. The heel. Feel the right foot. Now the left one. Feel the whole feet. Up to the ankles. Visualize them on the space… Well, I think you have cought it. Just feel your body. Notice everything happen to it. But try to control nothing. Just obseve. Just feel.
I know it’s hard at the beginning. I’ve been there too. But give it a try, found out what’s your favorite meditation practice and keep doing it at least once a week. I promisse yoy will see results.