Reminder- Easy Tips on How to Meditate

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Daily aspirations are a great way to help us focus and allow us to make the most of each day. I have started to share my daily aspirations, that I focus on for a week at a time, in hopes they can be useful to others reading my blog. Aspirations are truly a form of meditation. Taking a few minutes out of each day to hone in on what is important to us is a key step in taking care of ourselves and ensuring our success. Sometimes it is good to refresh our memory on how best to meditate. Here is a good reminder I found in The Week-

Get comfortable. Set aside time-- 20 minutes is ideal, but 5 minutes will do. Turn off phones, etc., and set an alarm that will bring you out of meditation gently. Sit in a comfortable spot with your back straight, not stiff. Close your eyes or leave them slightly open with your gaze low.

Breathe. Focus attention on your breathing, whether in your chest, throat, or nostrils. Don't get frustrated if your attention drifts, just refocus. Once you're locked in, you can choose to shift your thoughts to a soothing image, like a beach. Consider chanting a mantra, such as "om" or "joy". You could also repeat your daily aspiration.

Go deeper. If intense feelings arise, "open yourself to that experience." Seeing how these emotions manifest may help you overcome them.

Carry on. Once the alarm sounds, strive to keep your new serenity, firm in your aspiration.

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