Are you ready to meditate?
Many of us–I’d venture to say most of us–are scurrying through life wishing we had more time for this or that. Once we get “this or that” accomplished, there’s another something else that needs our attention. It’s exhausting.
You’ve heard it before, but I’m going to say it again: Meditation really is key to slowing down and enjoying life. It’s the only life you’ve got–learn how to enjoy it! Not a lot of time is required to begin meditation, but you do have to begin.
A great way to begin a meditation practice, even if you have kids, is to get up a little early in the morning (or stay up a little later at night) when you can have time to yourself. Set a timer if you need to so you can get back into your normal routine. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to begin with. Get into a comfortable position on a chair or the couch–no need to sit cross-legged on the floor unless that’s comfortable to you–then close your eyes. Keep your hands relaxed on your lap.
After you’ve closed your eyes, take a few slow, deep breaths. Focus your attention on the breaths. After 2 or 3 deep breaths, just breathe normally, but continue to focus on the breath. Your mind will wander–it will! When it does, just bring your focus back to the breath. What you’re trying to do is train the mind to be quiet when you want it to. It gets easier and easier with time and practice.
After your time is up, open your eyes, reflect on what just happened, then go about your day. During the day, every time you can, bring your focus back to your breath. This will keep you rooted in the present moment and will make your next meditation session easier.
There’s more information on meditation on our website: www.nirvana.foundation. Check it out!