I was originally taught and used to think a meditation practice had to be sitting tall with the legs crossed focusing on a mantra with no other thoughts for 30 minutes.
I have since learned that is all BS.
A meditation practice is ANY amount of time you set aside for yourself to listen:
- to your thoughts because they will never stop;
- to your feelings or emotions because they want to be acknowledged and validated;
- to your breath because it lets you know how your body is feeling;
- to your heart beat because it’s always there;
- to someone guide you because you don’t have to do it alone.
Lately, I’ve needed to do the later.
I share with you guided meditations! I am not endorsed in any way for this but I have been using Insight Timer. I’ve been listening to the meditation featured in the screenshot image, “Healing Through Letting Go,” at least twice a week. I listen to Yoga Nidra to fall asleep. I sometimes listen to a 5 minute meditation to get my day started. The experience of meditating when I start to feel overwhelmed, tired, or upset helps to alleviate those feelings. I usually, not always, but usually come away from meditation with a clearer head and calmer body.
I’m not perfect at meditating every day. No one is. But I’m perfect at practicing to do it every day for whatever amount of time. I hope you can too.