5 Minutes of Om: Meditation
What is it about learning to meditate that automatically forces you to hear everything single thing going on around you, when the goal is to block everything out and clear your mind?!
Meditation is how to quiet your mind, relax and embrace silence.
I don’t know about you, but when I first started practicing and learning the art of meditation, I could swear I heard the dogs barking around the corner, my daughter breathing in the next room and the birds chirping on the next block over! I couldn’t focus at all. I kept opening my eyes thinking, has it been 5 minutes yet, when in fact it had only been about 30 seconds. *giggles*
I mean, I’ve always seen known about meditation. All the kids’ movies I watched growing up had it in there like The Karate Kid and 3 Ninjas.
All the scenes made it look so EASY!
Anyway, I wanted to share with you how I meditate. Now you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about this or is it even necessary? Well, I can’t say its necessary for everyone, but I will say it’s beneficial and definitely something I hope to get my daughter into. Once you learn to clear your mind and breathe you really do gain focus. This is an amazing way to start your day and even end the day. I don’t know about you, but most of us have pretty hectic lives with children, spouses, appointments, activities and it can all become so overwhelming! A while back my sister wrote this blog post about the Tyranny of the Urgent. It talked about how we need to take time to refocus and reflect on our priorities. Personally, I tend to get excited and can sometimes become entranced in the fantasy of what things could become, but meditating definitely helps me assess my priorities.
Let’s Get into it…
Every morning when I wake up, I say my Thanks for being given another day to live. Then I take 5 minutes to meditate. You can sit “crisscross applesauce”( with your legs folded) or even use a still yoga pose that will allow you to breathe while you center yourself. Here are some suggested yoga poses: Vajrasana, Padmasana (Lotus Pose), and Swastikasana (Ankle lock Pose).
“Focused Breathing is like sending a fax to your nervous system with the message to relax.”
Start out by setting a timer for 5 minutes. Sit still, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Its going to be difficult at first to block out any noises you hear, but if you concentrate on your breathing, soon it will become easier.
Once you get better at breathing and blocking out the sounds around you, you can incorporate visualization. This tactic works well when you have certain things that you are hoping to accomplish. Like a vision board in your mind that you make a point to focus on intentionally.
Visualization allows you to enhance consciousness and self-awareness and to focus the mind.