Hello and welcome to my Tuesday Tip number five.
Today I want to talk about a simple way to add a bit of meditation into your probably already busy day.
When it comes to meditation I always tell my clients not to approach it with an “all or nothing” attitude. If you start off meaning to meditate for an hour each morning and another hour each evening, it’s very likely that you’ll give up on day 2.
So today’s tip is that you start meditating in intervals.
You can do this by giving yourself three minutes here, and two minutes there, to do a little bit of meditation at a time.
If you still feel like you really don’t have the time, try spending an extra 30 seconds in the bathroom (no joke!) while closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing.
These shorter periods throughout the day will add up and help you become more mindful and might even help you reach nirvana in the end (no guarantees, but at least you’ll be feeling more grounded and in touch with yourself).
There are also numerous videos on YouTube if you would like a guided meditation to help you get started.
I also suggest trying the following meditation, which concentrates on your breathing, calms your mind and helps you find focus for the day:
Start by finding a nice and comfortable position to sit in. This can be sitting cross-legged or with legs straight out on the floor or on a cushion, sitting on a chair with your knees bent and the soles of your feet on the floor, or whatever suits your needs. The main thing here is to have a straight back.
Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Inhale and exhale through your nose. Pay attention to your breath. See if it goes deeper with each inhale and slows down with each exhale.
Do 8 rounds of breathing like this, i.e. inhale and exhale 8 times.
Slowly open your eyes and resume normal breathing.
How did this make you feel? Try doing a quick scan of your body and mind. Do your shoulders feel more relaxed? Is your breathing slower? What about your mind? Is it going a million miles an hour thinking about the day ahead or do you feel a bit more balanced than before the exercise?
So why not try this little meditation tip today and see how you like it?
Let me know how you get on!