Between everything happening in the world recently and the standard everyday struggles, it’s easy to end the day feeling overwhelmed and to let the stress pile up. We put ourselves last in our routines, and that can’t be good for our body and mind. You’ve probably heard about meditation before, a practice that is gaining incredible popularity. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking - meditation sounds boring.
I get why people think that, after all, you’re just taking time off to do nothing. That doesn’t sound appealing at first, but when was the last time you took a moment to just relax and stop worrying about your daily tasks? My bet is that it’s been a very long time. Whether you’ve tried meditation before but gave up because you didn’t see the results straight away or never thought it would be ‘something you’d enjoy’, I’m here to challenge that by introducing my alternative approach to meditation: ‘Sustainable Meditation’.
How to meditate sustainably
We know that with most things, including meditation, consistency is key, so how can you really integrate it as part of your daily routine? First of all, just forget everything you think you know about meditation.
Remove the obligation of having to spend a set amount of time on it, on having to sit cross-legged like a Yoga master, or having to build your own meditation room filled with candles and relaxing music. If you like any of those things, you can always include them, but they are not necessary to meditate.
My ‘Sustainable meditation’ approach is all about making it super easy for anyone to meditate and see its benefits without the need for any extra rituals. First of all, try this either before you fall asleep or as you have just woken up. Instead of going straight to sleep or getting ready for your day, take some extra time in bed. Lay down and follow these steps:
Step 1: Close your eyes.
Step 2: Think about the way your body feels in your bed. The sensation of your skin touching the bedding, your feet under the sheets, and so on.
Step 3: Then focus on your mind and the thoughts that show up.
Step 4: Don’t worry about the distractions that might invade your mind, you can always bring your focus back to the present. This becomes easier the more you meditate.
Step 5: If you’re doing this before bed and you’re starting to fall asleep, that’s totally fine. Mediation is also intended to help you sleep better so this consequence is completely normal.
Your mind, like your body, deserves a break from time to time, even if it’s only a few minutes every 24 hours. Don’t underestimate the benefits that can come from such a small change! By introducing these 5 minutes of meditation into your routine, you’ll gradually start to feel more fulfilled in life, more relaxed throughout your day, and begin to sleep much better than usual.
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