I started dabbling on and off in meditation over 20 years ago…more off than on to be honest. I’m happy to report that I’ve meditated consistently, almost every day for the last 5 years, but I’ll be straight with you – it took dedication, intention, and a willingness to get out of bed a wee bit earlier than I normally would every morning. (Side note so that you don’t give up before you begin…sometimes, I only meditate for two minutes, and that’s okay!)

What Is Meditation?

My favorite way to describe meditation is shifting your attention to the present moment without judging yourself every time you stray. So many of the people I encounter say they can’t calm their mind long enough to meditate, but that’s the whole purpose – noticing when your mind wanders and gently bringing it back to the present moment without judgment. Our bodies have no choice but to be in the present moment, so we keep inviting our minds to join our bodies, no matter how many times we have to do it.

Meditation is a way to achieve a mentally clear and stable state. It’s not affiliated with any particular religion, but meditation is practiced in numerous religious traditions. Yes, you can talk to God, AND you can communicate with your own spirit. Even with a quasi-consistent meditation practice, you develop and strengthen your intuition and access to your intuitive sanctuary. (See Spiritual Intersections podcast, “ Your Center of Insight .”)

There is no one-size-fits-all meditation type, and fortunately, a variety of types exist. I personally love guided meditations and qigong as moving meditation. Other types are zen meditation, mantra meditation, Transcendental Meditation™), vipassana meditation, and sound bath meditation.

The Benefits of Meditation

If you haven’t already listened, check out the Spiritual Intersections podcast, “ Discovering the Benefits of Meditation .” The benefits are many (and there’s plenty of science to back these up), but here are my favorites:

  • Lowers stress
  • Reduces brain chatter
  • Improves focus
  • Increases patience and tolerance
  • Increases self-awareness
  • Improves sleep quality

What Are You Waiting For?

I know, I know, the excuses are easier than the commitment. I’m too busy, it’s too noisy in my head, I can’t sit for that long. Those excuses are up to you to overcome but then you don’t really need anything special to start. I do suggest finding a consistent place that’s quiet. Although you don’t need a meditation space with all the “stuff,” I’ll admit that I have one (and it has some stuff). The setup serves as a visual reminder because I walk by it many times throughout the day.

If you’ve already read my blog,  “Unattainable Perfection,”  you know I’m not perfect. That extends to meditation as well – some days I may take 200 breaths before my mind wanders, and sometimes I may take 1 breath before I realize that 1 thought has led to 20. I’m not immune to “monkey mind” but my daily practices of qigong and meditation definitely help face any chaos or negativity with calmness and neutrality. 

I recommend starting with guided meditations or simply setting a timer for a short amount of time and focusing on your breath. However you start (or restart), be easy on yourself. And remember, two minutes of meditation is better than none! 

If you want help narrowing down the field and finding what’s right for you (or overcoming the excuses),  let’s connect ! Until then, happy meditating!

Love and light,