Meditation makes me impermeable and open.
Meditation makes me observant.
Meditation makes me nicer, more pleasant, more patient.
Meditation makes my mind and my heart strong, open, & resilient.
Meditation reminds me of my truths.
Meditation settles the dust like a light, warm, welcome rain.
This week I am strengthening my (currently very weak) relationship to meditation through daily 5 minute sits everyday for 5 days.
If you have a long and strong meditation practice, 5 minutes may sound insignificant, for me it’s a very digestible amount that does have an impact.
I am setting myself up for success of happily completing my goal rather then reluctantly carving out time for it.
If you have an already strong meditation practice, I’d love to hear about it; do you use a timer? Do always sit at the same time of day? Do you use certain breathing techniques?
If you do not have a strong practice, or one at all, here’s how to join me in this #545healthiestme “game”
- find a quiet spot to sit comfortably enough that you can stay in one position for a bit.
- set a timer for 5 minutes with something nice at the end, like chimes, nothing to rowdy or “alarming”.
- close your eyes, observe your breath, allow thoughts to pass through, attempting to clear them as often as necessary.
Seriously, that’s it.
There are a million different techniques and methods but it boils down to that; observe your internal self with as little control, judgement, analyzing, scrutinizing, hypothesizing, planning, scheming, and thinking as humanly possible in that moment. And that moment. And that moment…
And because community is a sweet & support & encouraging thing, let me know, here or instagram #545healthiestme, how it’s going for you.
I have a long long standing intention to meditate every day and a pretty good track record of making it happen. At first I would simply “force” myself to sit down and take 10 (transformation #) focused breaths. Doesn’t sound like much but the caveat was I had to stay focused on the breath. If on breath 8 I started planning dinner I “had” to start over etc..Sometimes I could be sitting for some time without nearly getting to ten before it was time to make dinner.
These days with plenty of time to myself I find it far easier to turn it all off for a quiet time of simply sitting and simply breathing. That’s how I see meditation as in “keep it simple, Smartie” these days. In Yoga classes I’ve taught for years I “stress” simple and acknowledge every body’s mind wanders.
Yes sometimes I set a timer. Yes sometimes I listen to a guided meditation. Yes sometimes I use visualization. Always it’s about THE BREATHNamaste’
Meditation for me has evolved from a disciplined sit that is a means to an end, to finding meditative moments throughout the day. I can wash the dishes, brush my teeth, eat, walk, even have conversations in meditative ways. ❤️❤️❤️ Great post my friend!