Do you find that you can never seem to find time to sit and meditate? Our daily lives can get so busy that it can seem impossible to find any time for ourselves - even though we know how essential it is to our wellbeing.
I've put together some of my favourite ways to meditate throughout the day, you may find you do some them already without even realising!
The first thing to do is let go of any expectations or pressure you may put on yourself. Telling yourself that 'I must meditate' creates the kind of stress that you are looking to let go of.
Did you know that daydreaming is a very effective way of meditating?
We all have moments in our day when we lose focus on what we're doing and go off into daydreams, letting our minds wander.
These moments give our minds a rest from the pressing issues of the day, allowing us a pleasurable escape - and we often find inspiration in these wandering thoughts. Notice how often you daydream today and watch for inspiration in these moments!
Sit in Quiet Contemplation
Taking time out of your day to enjoy a moment of quiet contemplation is another simple form of meditation.
Make a cup of your favourite brew, put your phone on silent and take yourself off to your favourite space in your house or garden to sit in quiet contemplation.
Listen to the sounds around you, notice the colours and textures, the scents and feelings they all invoke. You may be surprised at the insights and thoughts that find their way through the silence.
This one of my favourite go-to meditations when I feel the need to recentre.
It's a great way to release any stress or tension, and come back to the present moment, and only takes a couple of minutes.
Simply hold your thumb to your index finger and take 3-5 deep breaths.
When you feel ready move on to the next finger, breathing deeply 3-5 times once again. Move onto each finger in turn.
The beauty of this exercise is that you can do it almost anywhere - walking, watching TV, traveling, etc. and it will always help you feel calm and centred.
Instead of getting lost in your thoughts while you're out walking, be it on the way to work or out in nature, focus on your breathing and pay attention to everything around you.
Take a few moments to notice the colours of the leaves on the trees, the flowers, the sounds of the birds singing and smiling at everyone who crosses your path.
Take a few moments throughout your day to focus on your breathing.
Close your eyes and bring your focus to the tip of your nose.
Breathe in deeply through your nose, feeling your abdomen expand fully and hold for a few seconds.
Sigh as you exhale through your mouth and feel or visualise all the stress and tension falling away as you do.
Do this as many times as you need to, as many times as you feel to throughout your day. This mini meditation will leave you feeling refreshed and focused on the present moment.
One of the simplest ways to meditate is to light a candle, soften your gaze and focus on the flame for as long as you feel to.
This helps us empty our mind of stressful thoughts and worries, allowing us to fully relax whilst allowing the colours and shapes of the flame to carry us to a place of peace.
Ask the question "What do I need to know right now?" and listen to the silence for your answer.
I hope you find these useful, make meditation a regular part of your daily self-care practise and you'll see improvements in your general well-being and in every area of your life!
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