Happy Monday, beautiful and blissful beauties. Today, I am just drinking plain coffee with a little bit of oat milk. It is one of my favourite things to cozy up at my desk and drink. I want to talk about something that is so important in my life. I think everyone should adopt a form of meditation or prayer in their life. I begin my days with a positive and upbeat meditation, and I end my days with a calm and relaxing meditation, usually in bed falling asleep. I am going to talk about the beginning of my meditation development. I also sometimes incorporate a random guided meditation into my day, but it is not an everyday meditation.
Let’s start with a few tips on Meditation before we begin the meditation. Meditation can be very difficult for people just starting. I have heard from many people that they tend to always fall asleep from meditation – I wish I fell asleep from meditation, then I could fall asleep easier. However, Meditation has many essential components.
- Time: This is essential because of many reasons. The scheduled time that you set aside for meditation is your meditation. Don’t let other things interfere with that. Don’t think about the stresses of work and other things. You set this time aside for yourself and your meditation so that you can focus on that. It is also essential to start at like 1 or 2 minutes because it can be challenging to maintain your mindfulness for longer when just beginning. Over time, you will work on increasing that. I usually meditate twice a day for around a half-hour.
- Space: It is crucial to have a clean and happy space to meditate in, also, somewhere with the least amount of distraction. This is important because if it is noisy, you may not maintain your concentration, or others may interfere with your practice. It is also important to meditate in a clean and happy space because you do not want to be doing this in a room that has caused you past trauma unless you are intentionally trying to cleanse the area.
- Thoughts: Mindfulness is a beautiful thing when you can accept thoughts as they come and release them instead of letting them absorb into your mind. Mindfulness is about awareness of everything. You are aware of your thoughts, your body, your energy, but you are not letting any of them control you. You are just merely allowing them to exist and pass. It is such a beautiful practice once you can adapt it to your meditation.
These are all essential things to take into consideration when beginning to adapt meditation into your daily routine. It is also necessary to not get frustrated with yourself if you are struggling. Meditation, like most things, takes practice before it can become a natural feeling. When I first started meditation, I could not stay focus long enough. I started always following a guided meditation because I needed constant reminders. It gets easier over time, and you will overcome your challenges and just sit and be mindful.
Let’s begin with our breath. Breath is vital in meditation. It allows you to flow through your thoughts. There are many breathing types, but we are starting with one of my favourites. I enjoy doing a mixture of Ujjayi breath (A.K.A Fog breath or Ocean breath) and Box breath. I will teach you both of them separately in case you choose only to do one. Remember, there is nothing wrong with only doing one. You are just beginning; however, even if you aren’t just starting, everyone’s body is different. You need to do what works best for your body.
Ujjayi Breath: (Ocean or Fog Breath) Take a deep breath in and close the back of your throat as if you were fogging up a mirror. You can use your hand if you like and breathe out as if you were fogging up the mirror. Once you can do it steady on your hand, close your mouth and do the same thing, but you breathe out through your nose.
Box Breath: This can be a lot harder than it sounds for some people. When I first started with this breath, I struggled with the holding. So, you will breathe in for 4 counts, then hold for 4 counts, then breathe out for 4 counts, and hold for 4 counts, then repeat. It can be a very calming way of breathing. I really like to use this while I am doing yoga because it really allows me to focus on my breath.
If you are just beginning with meditation, I would start with one of these two breaths and focus on letting your thoughts flow with your breath for 1 to 2 minutes every day. By just breathing like this every day, it will slowly adapt meditation into your schedule. It also helps your warm-up to becoming mindful and focusing on your thoughts coming and leaving. It is a way of adapting it into your life. If you feel that you are ready to add in more after a couple of days, you begin to do it for 3, 4, or 5 minutes. You can also start to play with and mix the breaths. You can find videos on YouTube for free on meditation.
I hope you have a wonderful and blissful week. Message us if you have any of your personal favourite mindful and meditation routines.
- Caitlin ❤