Keep calm and meditate

Meditation seems to be a big word, especially for beginners. It conjures images of sitting for hours and not thinking about anything. It was the same for me.

My first introduction to meditation was, of course, sitting down – thankfully not for hours – but just for a few minutes, counting silently in my head the numbers 1 to 108. Seems easy, yes, but this monkey brain of ours is noisy and restless, and it took me a while before I can actually get to finish the count without forgetting. It takes a lot of focus to set aside the noise in and out of my head. This is different from not thinking about anything. That is impossible. It is about accepting the thoughts, setting them aside – with your breath as your medium.

To this day, that is still how I meditate, and I usually do it in the morning, right after I wake up, before I get out of my bed. There are many ways to meditate, but one thing is for sure – it does WONDERS.

Just like yoga, it clears my head and sets the tone for my day. It improves my concentration and energy, and makes me more self-aware.

You can meditate anywhere, anytime. You can meditate sitting down, standing up, lying down,  or as short and long a time as you are able. In this busy, fast-paced world that we live in, it is good to take some time to slow down, close your eyes, and tune in to your body and your breath. This is a gift for yourself that you don’t have to pay for. A gift that keeps on giving – as you give time for yourself, you give time for the more important things and people in your life.

For more tips on how to meditate, you can check out this article.