In today's busy, ever-demanding world, we find ourselves constantly running around, unable to slow down and take care of
Recognize what is going on and gently bring your focus back to the breath. This small act of not judging yourself during your sitting, will expand into your life when your eyes are open and you actually judge yourself less. So bring your focus back to the breath.
If you'd like to meditate but are having trouble getting started, using guided meditations can be a great way to explore different types of meditation and to kickstart your meditation practice. You might find that certain approaches resonate with you while others don't.
Twenty minutes of focused meditation leaves me feeling much more peaceful than an hour of meditation thinking about my to-do list (no thanks, I'm better off just getting to work). Here are five ideas that you can use to leverage your meditation practice:
The key here is that there needs to be the understanding that you're using this time to practice to train in mindfulness, not to fall asleep. If the explicit intention is to fall asleep then you set up a monitor in the back of the brain to continually check on that. You need to let that expectation go, it's okay if you don't fall asleep.
In this 18-minute video, Elena Brower, a renowned yoga and meditation teacher based in New York City, will help you acknowledge the importance of releasing expectations and inviting creativity, listening, and trust into your life.
The "How I Met Your Mother" star says the practice makes him kinder, more patient and more effective.
A little secret is that we normally resist what's growth inducing. The resistance is actually a sign that we're near something that could be positively revolutionary for us! Try at least one tip below that you feel a strong aversion to. Try it out for a week and see what happens. You may be surprised!
Over time, meditation has reduced stress and anxiety in my own life. I have more compassion for myself as well as others, which is one of the reasons I was inspired to become a meditation teacher and share what I've learned.