Then it occurred to me that, like journaling, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. It's completely personal. So personalise it to your heart's content; don't want to sit crossed-legged in the lotus position? Then don't! Sit on a chair, on the edge of your bed, on your sofa, it really doesn't matter. I sometimes sit upright on my sofa or crossed legged on my bed. If you want to sit in the lotus position but you find it uncomfortable to sustain for more than a few minutes then maybe you might like to invest in a meditation cushion. They take over the role of the rolled up blanket under your tailbone and can help you achieve and maintain the position longer and in more comfort, but they are NOT an essential part of the meditation process.
If the information above hasn't persuaded you to continue (or start?!) your meditation journey, then maybe the knowledge that it has been proven to have a beneficial effect on the brain and body, There has been a lot of research into the efficacy of the practice and the results are demonstrably different before, during and after meditation. It's not all incense, bells and chanting you know! Among its many benefits are:
Some people meditate as a means of tapping into their spirituality, but you don't have to be spiritual or indeed religious to benefit from this practice. Initially, I used meditation to get in touch with my inner being, my guardian angel, later I used it to visualise cleansing my chakras, and occasionally I still practice that. Nowadays I use my Headspace app for 20 minutes in the morning, just after I wake up. It set's me up for the day, although I can and frequently do, self-sabotage and check emails, Pinterest, Twitter etc... before I meditate, which somewhat dilutes the practice and its obvious benefits. Sometimes my practice is fulfilling and I come out of it full of inspiration and joie de vivre, other times I find myself thinking or even singing in my head, which apparently is totally normal, but nevertheless irritating! The whole point, from what I can gather, is to achieve a sense of clarity of mind. Occasionally it's something I achieve, but equally something I fail to achieve on an annoyingly regular basis.
So here some tips I recommend to start/continue with your meditation journey.
Check out and follow my Pinterest Meditation Board for some links to pages that I have found helpful in my meditation journey.
Life is a journey, not a destination.
Are you new to meditation? Do you struggle with thinking your way through a session? Share your experiences of meditation by leaving a comment below.
With love and light
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