Who doesn’t want a little more joy in their life? Or more brain capacity? Or perhaps a fresher look on your face? Regular mediation can do all of that for you. Now – I am not the expert – nor will I spend time talking about all of the clinical benefits (here are a few links if you are interested). What I do want to tell you about is my experience.
What I know for sure about meditation is that it is called practicing mediation for a reason. It takes practice – LOTS of practice! I think that I have been in and out of practice for longer than a decade. What I also know is that when I am in a regular practice of meditation I am honestly much calmer and happier. The perfect (well – nothing about meditation is perfect) time for me is right away when I get up in the morning. I do happen to be a morning person – but despite that – I also find that it helps me set the right mood and intention for the day.
Now – I don’t follow all of the “rules” of meditation. I don’t sit on the floor unassisted. I don’t have a special room or set out special candles or anything else that would look like I am meditation. I probably just look like I am sitting on the couch sleeping … but right now it works for me. Here is my morning routine:
- Get up (sometimes even before my alarm)
- Use the bathroom
- Have a drink of water (sometimes with lemon or grapefruit essential oil)
- Sit upright on the couch with my legs crisscross
- I have a blanket on my legs and a pillow in my lap
- Start the 15 minute Headspace app
- 15 minutes later I am done.
Sometimes I journal afterward – but more often I head out to the gym or turn on the tv for a quick bit of news before heading out to work. Easy peasy lemon squeazy. That’s all. And it is working for me. Now – go and enjoy every day!