I have practiced many forms of meditation from yoga poses to Tai Chi. I have sat quietly and tried to tame the “Monkey Mind,” darting here to there over “things to do” and daily worries. The one thing I have never been able to do is a daily meditative practice.
Research out now, from Harvard and MIT prove that meditating daily for two months will increase the grey matter in your brain and improve your memory. It will also reduce stress in the body. I’d like to share this blog with people who are ready to take the challenge of an every day practice for two months, and I’d like to help you get there.
It’s good to have a specific time and place you can meditate. It might seem hard at first, but sitting will get easier with time. Lying in bed is usually not a good idea because napping, which is a healing for the body, is not the intended purpose of meditation.
I’m on day 2 of sitting quietly for 25 minutes. If you have never meditated, we could work together.
- The first thing is to sit comfortably, either on a chair, with your feet on the floor or on the floor on a cushion with your knees gently elevated using pillows.
- As you close your eyes concentrate on your breath. Watch it enter your nose, as you expand your lower abdomen filling your lungs with air. Sometimes its easier to count the seconds you bring in a breath. Eight is number that will allow your lungs to fully open, the front, the sides and back.
- Hold your breath for 4 counts, let out the breath for 8. I would do the cleansing breath 3 or 4 times.
Then sit and observe what goes on in your body. Watch your thoughts, let them float by and when you are done, record how your feel.
Each day you do your practice, you should feel a little calmer.