Updated: Mar 17, 2022
If you think you need to have a meditation session deep in the woods or sitting in the corner of your room with long flowing robes and candles, think again. You can meditate just about anywhere.
If you’re waiting in a long line, you can practice deep breathing. You can go into your own world where you visualize something much better than standing in line waiting for stamps at the post office.
You can alleviate stress as you wait in line at the motor vehicles center. Visualize, center, ground, take deep breaths and use that shielding technique and you can meditate anywhere at any time.
Checking in with self
Another important component of meditation is to check in with yourself. If you feel you are going into a negative spiral, it’s important to meditate your way back to center. You have control of your mind and if you let it, your mind will control you.
Here are a few ways to check in with yourself when you feel life is getting too heavy and your mind won’t slow down:
Focusing on gratitude to increase happiness which will increase positive thoughts and then productivity
Allowing thoughts/not making them wrong/just being mindful of them is a great way to check in with yourself. When you allow the thoughts to come, you can then take on the practice of letting them go just as easily. For many, medication is the answer, but for those seeking alternative benefits without medication, meditation is the better choice.
Sticking with it when your mind wants to fight against meditation is also a great way to check in with yourself. When those times set in and you don’t want to pursue meditation, you can make a new commitment to it. You can also get yourself a trusted friend or meditation buddy who will hold you accountable and take on the practice of meditation along with you.
Sticking with it when it gets too heavy – sometimes meditation can seem to be too much. It’s in those times you find yourself succeeding. Don’t quit and don’t give up. Keep going.
Monitoring your thoughts – when you find you don’t have as much time as you’d like to meditate, you can monitor your thoughts. You can ask yourself if you have the ability to recreate those thoughts. Is the thing you are worried about happening exactly at this moment? If not, take on present moment practices along with meditative breathing.
Recreating your thoughts – Can you turn that negative emotion into something else? For example, can you be grateful for something good rather than focusing too much on something not working for you while you meditate on this practice?
Meditation and visualization working together hand in hand – remember you can meditate with deep breathing while you visualize your way to happiness and peace and calm.
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Hey, Kenya here your new yoga bestie! Allow me to introduce myself. I am a Certified Yoga Coach who loves helping busy moms to create more balance in their lives while reducing stress by practicing yoga on and off the mat. In addition to raising two kids, I am also a Course Creator, Author and Podcast host of "From My Mat to Yours" (available anywhere you listen to your podcast) Want to work with me? Click here to check out how.