Have you thought about starting a meditation practice? I really started to explore meditation when I got my first serious injury. Isolated from activities I loved and unable to use my body as an stress relieving outlet, meditation offered a way to find peace during an uncomfortable time in my life. I started with simple deep breathing exercises. Then I explored the work of Jon Kabbat Zinn and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. From there I sampled different meditation apps like Calm, Headspace, and Insight Timer. The pain of my injury went away, but meditation stayed with me. Now finding time for my mental health is a priority. I use meditation daily to access a deeper connection to myself and strengthen my inner wellbeing.
Maybe you meditate with easy deep breathing exercises. Or you use a mantra like an Indian Sanskrit word like om or hu or a soothing word such as love or peace. You may choose to use a phrase such as I Am Love or All Is Well. Or your meditation can be as simple and powerful as using positive affirmations to improve your self esteem and well-being.
If you want to learn more about meditation or positive affirmations, check out the Mental and Spiritual sections in my book Balanced Body Breakthrough. There you’ll find dozens of realistic resources and actions you can use to improve your inner health. These little healthy habits are incredibly transformative because self-care is one of the most healing gifts you can give yourself.
The Start of Something New and Healing
Before I learned how to meditate daily, I was so uptight and anxious all the time. And every time I tried to meditate I would get frustrated. I was so focused on following all of the steps and doing meditation “right”. But there isnt a “right” way to meditate.
Meditation isnt something you do. Meditation is something that does YOU.
As soon as I figured that out, meditation began to work. My body and mind began to relax, perhaps for the first time in my life.
I have been meditating ever since, and I have attended many classes over the years. They each offer a slightly different method of meditation. All methods have benefits, although they may not be right for you.
Many people try to start a daily meditation practice, but they never get started because they think that there are rules to follow or they worry they are not doing it right. Yup, I know exactly how you feel. If you can let go of what you think it should be, meditation can be everything you want it to be. It can help you in health and healing.
I want to share with you an easy guided meditation that can offer you calm. Give this a try and let go of making meditation look a certain way. Let your meditation be whatever you need it to be. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat daily.
6 Minute Guided Deep Breathing Meditation. Calm Your Mind In Minutes and Get Positivity, Peace, & Stress Relief.
Meditation is one of the best gifts you can give to your body. It loves and supports you every day, and it feels good to give yourself some headspace.
Like anything else in life, find the method of meditation that works best for you. You can start with my “Take A Moment Meditation” (which I believe has the power to change your life) or explore any of the dozens of mindfulness resources in my book Balanced Body Breakthrough.
And if you are interested in quieting your mind to open up to greater health (and better fitness results), I encourage you to try my Strong Body lifestyle program, which includes self care coaching and inner strength workouts to help you live your very best life.
Whatever method you adopt, you may choose to change methods over the years. And I am sure you will.
Remember, meditation is merely a way of you getting in touch with your own inner guidance. While we are always connected with this guidance as we go about our day, it is easier for us to consciously connect when we sit quietly and listen.
Let’s affirm: I am divinely guided at all times.
Do you have a meditation practice? What is your favorite way to meditate? Would love to hear how you quiet your mind below in the comments.
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