Meditation on the Mind

Published May 24 2012

Lately I’ve been talking a lot about meditation and deep breathing. Probably because they’ve both become such an integral part of my everyday life and helped me become a better, kinder and more patient person that I can’t help but want to share those practices with you. Honestly, even my simple daily 3 minute practice, has significantly improved my life.

Meditation allows me to be comfortable with myself, find peace with my surroundings, draw strength and clarity from within and above all connect with the world around me.

It may sound like an infomercial: Sitting and breathing deeply while clearing your mind can help you scale mountains, jump over buildings and even fly! But this isn’t Red Bull or any other gimmick and honestly it’s a pretty simple practice and truly effective. There’s no secret to meditation or club that you have to join and you don’t have to pay anything to start.

You just have to breathe. That’s all.

You don’t even have to clear your mind. That’s not the point. The point is to be comfortable with yourself and your surroundings and slowly you’ll be able to clear away the clutter and find peace (even if it’s only for a moment).

The Huffington Post explains it best, “Some people think it is about controlling our mind or stopping our thinking, while others see it as both weird and wacky or boring and meaningless. Yet meditation really just means being totally present, totally aware with whatever is happening. It is being with ourselves completely as we are.”

Interested in trying by not really sure where to begin?

Try this: Sit on the floor in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Feel your inhale fill your lungs and pay attention to how your chest puffs out. As you exhale feel your chest relax and slightly pull your abdomen in letting all of the oxygen out. As you continue to repeat this see if you can take a longer breath each time. If it helps, count each inhale and exhale. Inhale, one, two, three, four, five, exhale, one, two, three, four, five. This will help you breathe deeper and clear your mind.

And don’t worry, you can’t do it wrong.

Whenever thoughts, concerns, worries or situations come to mind just simply acknowledge them and let them go. Don’t get mad at yourself for thinking. Meditation isn’t meant to be a punishment or forced upon you; rather it’s a practice that allows you to feel more comfortable with yourself. So don’t give up, each and everyday you’ll have to continuously clear your mind and sweep away your thoughts, but that’s the whole point – each time you’ll create more awareness and connection.

So give it a try! I bet after a week of meditating even for just 2 minutes a day you’ll notice a difference. Then tell me about it :)