For those who struggle with meditation this will help you get started. Meditation is the act of observing your own thoughts and not being critical about what you’re thinking. The best way to describe meditation is to pretend your thoughts are clouds in the sky and you are laying in a field watching the clouds go by. You aren’t there to follow the clouds you are just there to observe them as they past.
You are not there to follow one constant thought you are only there to observe. The good thing about guided meditation is that it talks your through the whole entire process. It helps you focus on the present and calm your mind with a bit more help. A guided mediation talks you through everything which helps you focus on the present more and not let your mind focus so intensely on one thought.
To find good guided meditations just check them out on youtube and see what one works best for you. I also recommend downloading an app that will help as well. Once or twice a day anywhere from 5- 20 minutes is enough for you to relax and let your mind settle down. Some of my favourite guided meditation apps are Sleep Easily, Smiling Mind, Take a Break and Headspace.
Try guided meditations and see how you go!
Carly Jensen xo
For those looking for a great read look no further than this book! Whether you have problems with staying present in your life and enjoying the moment, The Power of Now has many techniques and lessons that will help you stay in the present. Most people live their lives overthinking the past and thinking too much about the future. The only way to true happiness is to live in the now and focus on what you have to do today, not tomorrow and certainly not yesterday. Your only concern is how you are going to survive until your head hits the pillow at night. The Power of Now will relax you and bring you into the present. Hope you enjoy.
Carly Jensen xo
Why Meditate? Now I know you are already thinking this post is going to be about turning into Buddha and moving to Tibet to become a monk. Wrong. Meditation is something that can benefit everyone’s life and help de-stress you without spending any money. Does that not sound great? Becoming a calmer and more relaxed person without spending a cent! The benefits of meditation are endless and the longer you do it the better you get. You will have more energy, be at a zen state of mind and will learn to control your thoughts. Once you can control your thoughts better you will have more control over your own life. Steps to meditation:
1) Find an area, maybe in your room or somewhere quiet that you can sit on the ground, legs crossed and be comfortable. I like to sit on a pillow so it feels more comfortable.
2) Turn off the lights and connect your thumb and index finger together over top of your knees. You can also put your hands in prayer over your heart, whatever works best for you.
3) Shut your eyes and clear your mind of everything. Try your best not to think of anything or move during your meditation.
4) Start out by doing 10 minutes of meditation a day, once you get good up it to 20 minutes and then eventually to 30 minutes. I’m still at 10 minutes a day and it still seems like a long time. Enjoy your meditation since it is time all to yourself for a short period of time in a day.
Namaste – Carly Jensen
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