My tip for this week is to carve out some time to meditate. The best way to start is to do it immediately after getting up. There is something about being half asleep that makes your meditation practice go a whole lot easier.
For those of you who do not have a meditation practice, here is what you do. Find a comfortable place to sit, close your eyes, and first do a body scan. Start with your toes, and go up to your head looking for sources of tension. Once you’ve found that tension, imagine that someone is gently massage that spot to make it go away. Once you done that, breathe in and out slowly nine times. Then, set your intention for the day. What do you want to accomplish? You will find that your ten minutes has passed, and now you can begin your day feeling refreshed and focused.
Meditation is extremely important for a couple of reasons:
1. It allows you a way of getting to know yourself. What bothers you when you’re sitting still. What do you think about? How do you feel? It is really important that you know the answers to these questions.
2. It is a wonderful way of relaxing, learning how to focus, and mastering emotions. When a strong emotion appears, such as fear or anger, you do NOT get caught up in that emotion, instead you label it, murmuring to yourself “anger, anger” or “anxiety, anxiety”. You will learn that emotions pass over like the weather, and that if you wait, you will feel better.
Today is Veteran’s Day, when we honor those who fought for our country by a moment of silence. A perfect day to start your meditation practice.
Have a fabulous week!