Meditation is an integral part of achieving and maintaining wellness – especially as our lives become more and more hectic. Modern science is continually proving benefits of meditation that ancient wisdom has always known. So how can you incorporate meditation in your own life?
Before you start trying to meditate, it is important to realize is that there really is no right or wrong way to meditate. And – this is the big one – you are NOT trying to get rid of all thought. We have over 60,000 thoughts a day. You would be fighting a difficult battle to try and eliminate them!
So there are no rules and you aren’t trying not to think…..so now what?
The most basic way to begin a meditation practice is to simply sit comfortably, close your eyes and focus on your breath. Notice how full your lungs become as you breathe deeply. Try to expel your breath fully to make room for fresh oxygen as you take your next inhale. As you focus on the breath you can even repeat silently “I am breathing in, I am breathing out”.
If you start thinking of something else, just gently reconnect to your breath. Be kind to yourself. Remember there is no right or wrong way to do this and you are not going to stop thinking as you meditate so there is no need to get frustrated with this practice. Just breath.
It’s that simple. You don’t need fancy cushions or incenses or chanting. You don’t need to wear orange robes or move to an ashram or monastery. You can be in the middle of Times Square and close your eyes and take a few deep breaths and there you have it – you’ve meditated and as a result have changed your physiology and your mindset.
In Ayurveda pranayama – breathwork – is one of the four pillars of health. Many of us focus on the first two pillars -nutrition and movement – but often overlook or minimize the importance of breath and rest. So give meditation a try and see how it feels.