Meditation is the place to find your essential nature, your truth, peace, happiness and achieve harmony within. It helps you to be focused, aware and connect to yourself in a way that other self-care practices do not. When you allow your mind to rest in meditation, you begin to see, feel and understand the bigger vision for your life and the world around you. In the silent moments of meditation you can access answers, guidance and direction. Prayer differs in the sense where you are asking and seeking. Meditation is listening and receiving. Both are components to your well-being and spiritual growth and should become an everyday practice.
In addition to helping heal all seven chakras, it is a crucial key to opening your 3rd eye and crown chakras; your chakras connected to your spiritual self, the Divine and God. Those seeking balance in their life, a restoration and rejuvenation from daily stressors, and will bring more calm into their being will find that meditation is essential and therapeutic.
Integrating meditation into your daily life can be as simple as starting with five minutes a day. As you progress in your journey, you will find that you gravitate to meditation organically, more often and for longer lengths of time, because your mind, body and soul crave the benefits of it. Meditation is by far one of the most effective self-healing tools at your disposal. You will have more clarity, creativity and feel more love and compassion. Situations that used to bother, agitate or veer you off your peaceful plane are less often, less impacting and you are able to stay grounded in difficult times. It is because meditation helps to heal and balance all of you - your mind, your chakras, your body and your emotions that you are able to live feeling more inner peace, have greater joy and achieve a better overall sense of well-being.
5 minute meditation
Find a quiet space. Get comfortable in a space where you will be undisturbed for the duration of your meditation. Turn off devices. Lighting a candle or burning an incense can help create a peaceful vibe. Sit in a chair or on the floor on a cushion. As you grow in meditation you will find that you can tune in anywhere, the car, a park, etc. – but for beginning, being in your own space is most ideal. Keep your back upright, but not too tight and hands resting where they are comfortable.
Relax your body. Mindfully relax areas of your body that is holding tension; beginning at your head to your feet is good practice. Relax the jawline, shoulders, back, torso and legs. Become aware of your body and the space you are in.
Rediscover your breath. Just breathe. Allow yourself to feel and experience your natural flow of breath, in and out. You are not intentionally manipulating your inhale or exhale; just allowing for your natural breathing to take place. Tune into the natural flow of your breath and how it flows within you. Settle into your breathing – you should be feeling more relaxed.
Be aware of, but do not follow your thoughts. Your mind may start to wander. Thoughts may begin to surface. It is very natural for this to happen, even for those who have practiced meditation for years. When this occurs, simply notice the thought and let it pass. Practice not following it. You see it, recognize it, let it go. Return your focus to your breathing each time this occurs.
Stay in this space for 5 minutes. Working up to 15 but starting at five minutes of being in this space – your breath and silence. Noticing your breath, letting go of any thought, returning to breath.
Close your time of meditation. Quietly begin to bring your awareness back to your body, your surroundings and allow yourself a brief moment to reflect on your time of meditation. Write or take mental notes of your experience.