If you meditate, you know that the practice can transform your mood and improve your overall mental health and wellbeing. Many scientists are now quantifying the benefits of meditation on your physical health too. These benefits range from reducing blood sugar levels in diabetics to lowering blood pressure, chronic pain, anxiety and depression. For me, meditation is all about maintaining my sanity. It enables me to quiet my mind after a long day of work, refocus my energy and get in a better headspace.
But for many (myself included), meditation can seem like an overwhelming process. I have heard many people say they can’t possibly sit still, or that they don’t have the time to meditate. I’d say these are two reasons to start meditating. There is beauty in stillness, in quieting the mind. And, here’s a secret: there’s no one “right” way to meditate. There are days I meditate that I can’t stop my mind from racing, but that’s ok. As a beginner, I find that guided meditations are easiest for me - I need someone telling me exactly what I should be doing, thinking, experiencing...then it all falls into place and I can take it from there.
So if you’re curious about meditation, but don’t know where to start, here are a few guided meditations that have worked for me:
Crystals, like the tumbled stones found in our Crystal Kits, can be great aids in meditation. Use them to set and connect with a goal or intention. They can also help you slip into a deep meditative state.
Overall, meditation doesn’t have to be intimidating or even perfect. If you are just getting started, check out some guided meditations online or in the App Store. There are plenty of resources to help you get started on a path to mindful living with meditation!Have a favorite meditation app or practice? Tell us in the comments below.