We as women stress out over the tiniest things because it is in our genetic make-up to take care of everyone and everything. Kids, work, mates, money, exercise and the list goes on of all the things in our lives that stress us out. And let’s add one more thing… ourselves! Meditation can help us through these trying times of overreaction.
If you can sit quietly for ten minutes then you have what it takes to meditate.
There really is no big secret to meditating. Breathing and having a peaceful focal point, which often times is your breathing, are really the only two things that are essential to meditating successfully.
The first and foremost step to meditation is breathing. Once you learn how to focus on your breath you are well on your way to meditating. So you’re thinking, ‘ well I already know how to breathe’. Well, yes, but this is a more focused breathing. Try to imagine your breath as a physical entity. You inhale the fresh air through your nose while you suck in your abdomen and then you push the bad air out of your mouth as you slowly relax your muscles.
You can meditate in your home.
Meditating at home is one of the easiest places to meditate. Just knowing you are in a familiar place can be relaxing. Try to give yourself a good amount of time. For some ten minutes works; others might need up to an hour. If you can’t make a meditation room (and really – how many of us can?) then just find the most relaxing place in your home. Sit in a relaxed position. Close your eyes and inhale through your nose (good in!) and then exhale through your mouth (bad out!). If your mind starts to wander take it back to the breath. You cannot think about more than one thing simultaneously. So if you are concentrating on your breathing there is nothing going on in that already over loaded brain of yours.
You can meditate outside.
Meditating outside in a park or even on your front porch or stoop in the quiet time of the day is another great place to meditate. The noises of nature; chirping birds, the wind rustling the trees and perhaps even a close by trickling of water, are great accents to go along with your breathing. If sitting on the grass makes you uncomfortable then go for a walk. Still, be sure to focus on your breath while your senses take in the sights and sounds of the outdoors. Feeling the wind brush your skin is an added bonus.
You can meditate in your car.
This is a tricky one. However, focusing on your breathing and finding a happy space in your head while stuck in traffic is a good way to get through your commute without wanting to repeatedly bang your head on the steering wheel! Instead of turning on the talk radio or cranking the tunes (which I am guilty of often) try being in the quiet with your breathing for .. yep! Ten minutes! Then put your radio on.
You can even meditate at work.
It’s true! This is probably one of the top places we all need to learn to meditate. When deadlines are crashing in on you and your boss won’t stop hitting the intercom button it is great to know how to focus on your breathing and getting to that happy place. If you have to step away from your desk so be it. You’ll collect yourself and be more productive when you get back to that intercom.
So remember. As long as you can find yourself a happy place in the midst of the insanity of your day-to-day, and you can focus on your breathing then you have what it takes to meditate.