Meditation is part of my self-care routine and I try to do it every day. I find that it’s very calming and centering and it also helps me to be present at other times during the day. Over time I’ve been able to put some space between my thoughts and reactions, so I’m much less impulsive and more clear-headed.
There are definitely days when I fall short of my daily meditation goal, but a change in environment doesn’t deter me, since meditation can be done anywhere. I have a favorite spot at home, but I’ve also meditated in a parked car and on vacation! All that’s needed is about 10-15 minutes and a comfortable, quiet space. I use the timer on my phone to signal when I’m done so I don’t have to worry about watching a clock or wondering how long it’s been.
When I first started about a year ago, I really had no idea what I was doing or if it would make me less anxious and more focused. I listened to a recording someone shared with me of her voice talking me through the 5 minute process. It was quite difficult for me to sit still and focus on my breath for any length of time, at first. I started with about 5 minutes and, with practice, I’m up to 10 minutes now of pretty peaceful meditation.
If you’d like to give it a try, I’ve recorded a short audio piece to guide you through a simple meditation. I hope you find it helpful!
Find a quiet comfortable spot in a chair or on the floor where you can sit with your hands at your sides. I’ve seen people sit with their palms facing up, but I don’t think it really matters. When you’re seated and comfortable, listen to this recording: