I’ve found something that really helps me, something that improves many aspects of my life which enables me to be the best I can to others. A year ago, a journey embarked and truth be told, little did I know what was waiting ahead. Fast forward to a few months ago, I started applying meditation to my morning routine. One morning I didn’t meditate, and the consequences appeared immediately. From that day I’ve been dedicating 15-30 minutes to meditation every morning and I’ve been collection the fruits of my labor everyday since.
If you’re a sleepyhead in the morning (like me), there’s a massive range of guided meditations on Youtube. Start by finding a meditation that suits you, your needs or just feels right for you. The following are a few that I’ve been using the past months.
Also called compassion meditation and involves repeating repeating certain phrases that express the intention to move from judgment to caring, from isolation to connection, from indifference or dislike to understanding. You don’t have to force a particular feeling or get rid of unpleasant or undesirable reactions; the power of the practice is in the wholehearted gathering of attention and energy, and concentrating on each phrase.
You can begin with a 20-minute session and increase the time gradually until you are meditating for half an hour at a time. If your mind wanders, don’t be concerned. Notice whatever has captured your attention, let go of the thought or feeling, and simply return to the phrases. If you have to do that over and over again, it is fine.
A great meditation to start you day with, scanning your entire body leaving it energies, focused and filled with sense of light. I enjoy this meditation and have used it for over weeks, every morning and it has helped me taking a step toward a better wellbeing.
If you’re not into having a voice guiding you through the meditation, listening to binaural beats has been a great option. In general, we are accustomed to being in the beta brain rhythm. We are in a Beta brainwave pattern when we are consciously alert. It is the default and dominant brainwave for most of us most of the time. We are in Beta when we feel agitated, tense, hurried, pressured, afraid and stressed. The frequencies range from 13 to 60 pulses per second in the Hertz scale.
When we alter our brain rhythm to alpha, we are slowing our brainwaves down. The benefit of this is that we put ourselves in the ideal brain state for optimal performance and super learning.We become better at analysing complex situations, learning new information, memorising data, and performing elaborate tasks.
This frequency can be used to cleanse trapped negative energy and dissolve fear, overthinking and worries.
Once you’ve decided what meditation you want to go for, the floor (or bed) is yours. Please know, the mind wonders, mine too, some mornings more and some less. I put my focus on the heart instead my breath, your body know how to breathe but when we put focus on a special point it has helped me go deeper rather than focusing on something my body is already a pro at doing.
Read my six simple steps on how you can start meditating here (link)! If you have a guided meditation you’d like to share, I’d be happy to try it out. Please comment below, and leave a trace on what your thoughts are on meditation. Have you tried it? How has it helped you?