How to meditate (and why it’s good for you)

I found myself recommending and explaining meditation a few times this week. To be honest, I’d kinda forgotten that only a few years ago, I didn’t know how to meditate.
Everyone talked about meditating like it was this big magical thing and how amazing it was, but I just couldn’t do it.

I have an active mind. It goes non-stop and when I was in the depths of anxiety and burnout, I could not get my head to shut up and be still. So learning to meditate was difficult. Every time I tried, I thought I had to get my mind to shut down and be completely silent. Of course that’s not possible and each time, I was frustrated and gave myself a headache from trying to concentrate so hard and get it right.

I’m not sure how it happened but it did eventually click for me and I learnt how to meditate.
Well! I finally understood what everyone was talking about. It helped me to calm my mind, sleep better, settle myself before I went into a crowd, lower my stress levels, think clearer and to feel connected to my higher self.

Meditation is like going to the chiropractor and having your spine aligned or having a massage, except it’s for your mind and soul. It’s especially good if you’re an Empath or Highly Sensitive Person like me.

Let’s get into HOW to meditate if you’re new to this.

According to Google, there are between 7 and 23 types of meditation! In my experience, there are 3 types of meditation that are good for beginners to start with and I’ve outlined them for you below.

Mindfulness Breathing
This type of meditation is simply putting on some calming music, then focusing on your breath. Focus on your inhale, then focus on your exhale and repeat. This is my personal favourite because I don’t have to concentrate on too much or listen & follow instructions. It can take a bit longer to master and keep your mind from wondering off.

Guided Body Scan
In this meditation, you’re guided to concentrate and relax each part of your body, one part at a time. I found this great for when I couldn’t get to sleep at night, and by the end of the meditation I had dropped off.

Guided Visualisation
In a guided visualisation, you’re taken on a visual journey. You simply follow the directions and let the guidance direct your imagination.

For a beginner, I’d recommend starting with guided meditations to build your meditation muscle.
There are many guided meditations on YouTube or Apps like Insight. Lately I’ve been using the Calm App and it’s so worth the $70 yearly subscription.

Lastly, here are a couple of tips:
-Keep going! It will feel hard at first but I promise you, it will click
-Don’t try to shut down your mind. If any thoughts pop up, imagine them floating away like a cloud.
-Try different types of meditating. What works for me, may not work for you.

Good luck! Let me know how you go xo

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