As the yoga class begins, I hit play on the Native American flute music and it wraps around my soul like a healing balm. I literally shiver and feel myself becoming more still. More “clicked” in to this present moment. I breathe deeply and scan the energies. What do we need today?
There are so many threads to smooth down at the beginning of a yoga class. So we always begin with a centering exercise that calms the panic and soothes the soul. But what if you have never meditated a day in your life? What if the thought of being still, quiet and centered just seems out of reach?
The truth is, misconceptions to meditation lead to you not wanting to try it. Most people envision a monk in robes at the top of a mountain sitting in stillness for days. In reality, we can calm ourselves and really click in to our bodies in as little as 5 minutes.
How can we add this practice to our day?
- Clear a space on your calendar for “you” time. Literally write it in if you have to. I suggest the first thing in the morning, but if you feel stressed at any point in the day, you repeat your morning practice.
- You do not have to sit on the floor, but you do need to straighten your spine, relax your shoulders. Put your feet flat on the floor if you are in a chair and sit up nice and tall. The eyes drift closed and focus on the point between your eyebrows.
- Start by taking 3 deep cleansing breaths. You can even repeat this mantra: I am breathing in (inhale). I am breathing out (exhale).
- As you breathe, focus on how your body feels. Lift your toes and place them flat on the floor. Put your hand on your belly and feel it expand like a balloon. Just breathe. If thoughts come into your mind, use my leaf imagery. Place these unwanted thoughts on the leaf and watch it float away from you. Peacefully down the stream.
- Allow your body to sit like this until you feel the tension release and a natural rhythm starts to take over.
- If thoughts have come in that you feel are really disturbing your peace, jot them down on a piece of paper after, and if you would like, you can use toilet paper to literally “flush” them away from you. Ahh. Release the you-know-what.
This practice can be done at any time, any place. If you are having a particularly stressful time right now, use the shower meditation as well. Each time you get in the shower, imagine the water washing off all thoughts of pain, anger, anxiety and only positive thoughts filling you up. Continue to filter any and all thoughts that do serve you including panic, worry, thoughts of the past or thoughts of the future. Keep focusing on the word contentment as you wash away worries.
Affirmations to use:
- All I need to do right now is breathe.
- I am safe and protected.
- A warm peaceful energy surrounds me and those I love.
- All is well.
- With every breath, I become more peaceful.
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