You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it -Albert Einstein
One of the greatest benefits of meditation is that it is a way for us to become more self-aware. It is an opportunity to get out of autopilot, reconnect with the present moment and clear the busy mental chatter that
keeps us stuck in a place of stress and overwhelm.
Meditation is a way we can quiet the mind and tap into our subconscious thoughts. From this place, we can tune into our “inner-wisdom” and identify what mental blocks may be preventing us from moving forward.
When we are unaware of our thoughts and urges, which arise in the back of our mind mostly unnoticed, they have a power over us. We are unable to change if these unbidden thoughts control us. But when we learn to observe them, we can then release their power over us.
Just as we train our body to be fit and strong, meditation is a way we can train our minds to become more resilient and able to cope with daily stress and the challenges we face in life. However, in order to reap the long-term benefits, a meditation a regular practice is key. Establishing meditation as a habit can be challenging at the start. The trick is to anchor the new habit with an existing habit.
The following 5-step process is a helpful guide to get started:
How to Form a Meditation Habit
- Commit to just 5 minutes a day to start. Start with a short achievable period of time if you want the habit to stick.
- Pick a time and trigger. Not an exact time of day, but a general time, like morning when you wake up. A trigger is a habit you already have in place. For example: brushing your teeth or making your bed.
- Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed.
- Sit comfortably with your spine upright so you can breathe with ease. Set a timer or alarm for 5 minutes.
- Focus on your breath. As you breathe in, follow your breath in through your nostrils, then into your throat, then into your lungs and belly. Try not to judge your thoughts as they arise. Simply observe them and let them float by like clouds in the sky.
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Blog Post Written By Amber Jane.