Following on from last weeks blog about sleep and the importance of it in life and I include it as an important part of the Warrior Method, Meditation is next up there.
Shift workers, parents with kids that have them up through the night, people on medication or any other reason that sleep is disrupted through the night NEED to meditate. For the rest of us we still need to do it too to allow our busy social media, TV and computer busy minds time to quiet and allow the creativity and connection to happen.
Meditation has been shown to be the next best thing to sleep, which is why it is so important for those who have disrupted sleep. Some things are out of our control.
Best times to meditate are first thing in the morning and last thing at night and any other time that you feel yourself getting overwhelmed.
For people that don’t meditate or who are not highly skilled and highly qualified in meditation – we are looking to create some calm in our minds, not create complete silence – that is near on impossible.
The easiest way to meditate is find one thing to focus on. For some it might be your breath, others, music or another sound, my friend Nick sits at the beach and watches the ocean waves I sometimes like to sit in the park and just look at the trees and plants. For some painting, drawing, playing a musical instrument might be your thing – if you are just learning these skills it won’t be meditation, it is when you are just in the ‘flow’ and immersed in your action.
I have a couple of guided meditations that you are more than welcome to download on the website or just hit reply to this email and I can forward them over to your inbox directly.
Some of he most common known benefits of meditation:
Inner sense of calm, clarity, creativity, peace, increased happiness, resilience, better relationship with others, better relationship with self, better sleep, reduced inflammation, improved memory, improved learning ability, improved pain management, being more reasonable – among many other things.
I hear all the time that people don’t allow themselves the time to do it.
All you need to start is 5 minutes (or 1 minute if you are really struggling).
I can highly recommend the Insight Timer app which times meditations, gives you the option to have sound or silence, interval bells and you can see how many other people are meditating using the app as well as how many consecutive days you log on.
Give yourself permission (or take my instruction), first thing get up, brush your teeth, go to a particular place, sit down and meditate.
I made my space really nice, I have a meditation cushion, incense sticks, candles, sometimes I bring my crystals and tarot cards.
Make it a space you love and want to sit for your meditation.
Let me know if you need any help with this.