I know that it may feel like everyone is talking about meditation, but there could well be a good reason for that; it can change the way that your brain works, how you function, your emotions and how you value yourself.
With this in mind, I have put together 10 top tips that I hope will help inspire you to try some meditation:
1. Rid yourself of expectations
The best frame of mind for meditation is an open one. Allow yourself to experience every element of the practice without putting pressure on yourself to perform or think in a certain way. Every day you meditate is totally different which is why having a daily practice is the best way to feel its effects.
2. Give yourself time
To get into a daily routine, set aside 5 minutes of your day, every day, to meditate. No matter how busy or rushed you may feel, you can always find an extra 5 minutes or so that you can dedicate to ‘you’ time.
3. Do what feels good for you
If sitting with your legs crossed is really uncomfortable, then there’s nothing saying you have to! This is all about finding time for yourself to find a position that works for you.
4. Don’t force it
A lot of people assume that when you meditate, you have to have a completely empty mind. Meditation is not about trying not to think, it is about being able to control your thoughts in the moment and bringing yourself back to the here and now when your mind wanders.
5. Just breathe
Don’t worry about breathing deeply or softly, all of this will come with time and with the practice. All you need to make sure is that you don’t force your breath.
6. Use your imagination
Visualise your breath rising as you inhale and falling as you exhale. You will be surprised how much this will help you with your meditation and inner peace.
7. Body Scan
If you are finding it difficult to get into the meditation, try to concentrate on relaxing one body part at a time. Start at your head, and move slowly down through your forehead, eyebrows and so on until you reach your toes. This also really helps if you are in bed and struggling to sleep.
8. Ground yourself
Focus your senses on how it feels to be standing or sitting on the ground, feeling the connection between you and the ground as you inhale. In reverse, when you inhale, imagine yourself floating away, light as a feather.
9. Calming white light
A quick and effective way of instantly relaxing your body when it feels tense or anxious is to picture or imagine a stream of white light filling the body as you inhale and surrounding you as you exhale. You will feel the lightness fill your body and it will help give you a sensation of clarity and calm.
10. Try to make this a habit
As soon as you get into the daily practice of meditation you will see just how much of a difference it can really make to you. If you continue to do this day in, day out, it will no longer feel like a conscious effort but will feel like a natural part of your routine.
I would love to know how you get on if you start meditating and use these tips. The benefits of daily meditation are endless and I really believe you will start to love it just as much as me.
About our Community Expert
#TeachFit programme lead
Kirsty is a yoga teacher on a journey of empowerment, building confidence and pushing the boundaries of what traditional yoga is and can be.
She leads the TeachFit Yoga workshops in our partner schools.