Making meditation accessible to everyone
Meditation can bring to mind some funny images for people. Maybe you think of Buddhist monks chanting on a hill, hippies sitting in a circle or maybe you even think that people who meditate are just downright bonkers.
Here at Love Life Love You, we want to help you redefine that image. We would be lying if we say that we “meditate” in the true sense (like those Buddhist monks we see sitting in silence). But we do practice moments of relaxation in the day where we focus on our breath and turn our attention inwards, to ourselves.
Personally, we have noticed ourselves the benefits we have gained from meditating as regularly as we can. We are calmer, panic less, make more informed decisions and sleep well. We have reaped so many benefits from what is a very simple exercise!
Firstly, if you really don’t get on with the word “meditation”, or it just doesn’t resonate with you, pick another word. What about “relaxation” or “a time out”? Pick something that makes you feel more comfortable. This will make the whole process easier.
Secondly, do you know that scientific research has proved many benefits related to meditation? This scientific research has shown that:
- Meditation can rewire our brains – we can actually change the way we think!
- Meditation can turn on and off certain genes in your DNA!
- Meditation can help you live longer!
- Meditation can improve your ability to cope with difficult situations!
This sounds pretty good to us! Ready to give it a go? Here are some tips from us.
- Have fun with your meditation practice and don’t take it too seriously. Just decide that you’re going to have a go at it and get cracking!
- People often tell us that they’re not very good at meditating, which is impossible. There is no such thing as a bad meditation. In fact, the more you find thoughts popping up in your mind, the more stress you’re releasing.
- Focus on your breath. Follow the ebb and flow of the breath in your chest, your tummy, or wherever you can feel it in the body. Every time you feel your mind slipping away, bring it back to the breath.
- If you can’t stop thinking, take a moment and say to yourself “Where is my next thought coming from?”. Then notice the space and the emptiness that follows that question. Repeat that as often as you like.
- Start slowly – try meditating for a few minutes a day and gradually build up your practice.
So let’s get going!
If you would like more advice in relation to meditation, or you think that it could be a useful tool to use in your workplace, get in touch with us on our contact page.