During my yoga teacher training, we touched a little bit on meditation but I always found it very hard to sit still and just be with my thoughts. Well, letting thoughts pass and just concentrate on my breathing. That was the main sort of meditation that we practised. It was only later that I got to explore different kinds of meditations. During that exploring, I started to really enjoy them and make up my own ‘rules’.
Whereas traditionally it’s said to switch off your mind and let any thoughts go, I didn’t seem to be able to do that. So I decided to embrace that fact, rather than get frustrated about it. Letting go of that has really improved my meditations and I started to really enjoy it. One morning, I even managed to think up a whole sequence for one of my classes and I had some great ideas on other mornings.
I started meditating on a regular, daily, basis end of summer last year when I took part in a meditation ‘challenge’. 11 minutes twice a day, every day. I didn’t quite complete this challenge to be honest, partly because I went on holiday and then when I got back, life took over and 22 minutes seemed a lot of time to take out of my day.
I kept my meditation practice up, though less regular. Sitting down every day, even just for five minutes, and just listening to my thoughts, is really helping me stay centred and focused. It’s a great way to looking after your mind. At the beginning of this year, I decided to sit down every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes, and meditate. So far, I’m sticking to the challenge I set myself and it’s making a difference already. I seem a lot calmer when I meditate and less high strung.
I mix up my meditations between just sitting down in silence, with some background music, guided meditations and visualisations. To me, there are no rules anymore when it comes to meditating. As long as I sit down and take a few minutes out, that’s all that matters to me as I feel the benefits.
What does your meditation practice look like? Comment below.