Inner Space is lovely little meditation centre in Covent Garden, years ago I used to work on Neal Street, I was drawn to what I thought was a spirituality book shop. I soon learned that the centre held so much more and you would pop in for meditation sessions. Meditating has helped me so much with my anxiety, and there are so many different ways to get started!
To help introduce you to meditating, Inner Space has prepared a rough guide into Mediation for our LeeLoy readers.
Life is busy and crowded. That’s why it’s essential to slow down and meditate. Meditation boosts happiness, clear thinking and resilience, and it’s good for your wellbeing.
MAKING MEDITATION A HABIT
- Best Times. Wake up a little earlier and meditate before you get wrapped up in the activities of the day, and set a positive tone for the day. Meditate before bedtime to unwind and create a restful mind for a restful sleep. A Meditation Space. You can meditate anywhere in your home. Simply, try and find a quiet spot. If you want, sit cross-legged, in a lotus position, or simply sit comfortably on a chair, whatever allows your mind to be free to meditate.
- Reminder And Timer. Stick a post-it-note that says “meditate”, somewhere where you’ll see it, or set reminders digitally to remind you to meditate. And when you sit in meditation, rather than keep checking the time, set a timer, so you know when to finish.
DEALING WITH MEDITATION PROBLEMS
- Distractions and Attention Wandering. If something or someone disrupts your focus, let it go and focus despite the distractions. And if and when your attention wanders, bring your attention back to the meditation. If you really can’t focus, just sit for a bit.
- Can’t Stop Thinking. When meditating, don’t worry about stopping your thoughts. When thoughts pop up, try telling your thoughts, “Not now. I’ll come back to you later.” Put the thoughts aside and come back to them after you finish the meditation.
- Feel Sleepy? If you’re in a stuffy room, open a window for some air. Meditate with eyes open and you’re more likely to stay awake and alert. Try meditating with eyes open, rest your gaze on the floor or the wall, and relax your eyes so that they’re partly open.
- Self Awareness. Notice your thoughts. Notice your moods. Notice the feeling within your body. Steer away from judging what you discover, just notice and accept. You can resolve what you discover about yourself at a later time.
- Creative Visualisation. Take your mind to a place of relaxation… take it for a hot air balloon ride, or to a sunset in the mountains, or imagine standing under a waterfall, and feel the cool water cascade over you, washing away all the tension.
- Positive Mindset. What you put into your mind is what you experience. For example, focus on the thought, ‘happy’, hold it in your mind and then let the thought turn into a feeling. Feel happy and then become it. Think, feel and be.
MEDITATING ON THE GO
- As You Do. During your exercise or when you’re walking, bring a feeling of calm into your movements. While taking a shower or brushing your teeth, bring positivity into your mind.
- Eat, Drink, Be Mindful. As you take a few sips of coffee or tea, or take a few bites of food, be mindful, fully present and attentive, and savour the tastes, the textures and the flavours.
- While You Wait. When the computer is slow or when you’re waiting in a queue or for a lift, take a minute to breathe. Focus on your breath and follow the breath, or breathe slowly, breathe deeply.
JUST REMEMBER: There is no right or wrong way to meditate. So, don’t worry about it, relax. Experiment with different meditation techniques and develop a style and routine that works for you.