Meditation is key to calming the body and mind, and I love it because it is an accessible practice for EVERYONE.
This is crucial for our body's healing journey. When our bodies are constantly in fight or flight mode (even if it just means we're sitting in traffic), we are not able to do any restful repair work. It is one of the most powerful tools we have to support our healing journey.
I've been meditating for years, but I have to be honest and tell you that, in the past year, I became a bit more inconsistent then I would like. I'm even more excited to tell you that I'm back on the meditation train and am dedicating time every morning to this practice - it's incredibly rewarding and energizing. The practice of creating breath as an anchor allows me be less reactive and more balanced throughout the day (aka I'm not in a constant mode of stress!). And there are some amazing benefits (brain, heart, immune, and more) from meditation as you can see from this article!
I have found myself increasingly focused, comfortable, and grounded. I enjoy being able to set a timer because I find I can more easily relax rather than anxiously checking the clock! I have two recommendations for FREE mobile apps that are perfect for beginners all the way through advanced practitioners. I’m using both applications now and highly encourage you to bring at least one into your mindfulness practice.The following features are great in both the Insight Timer and OAK apps:
Timers can be set at five minute intervals
Ambient sounds loop continuously (chimes, water, chanting, etc.)
Time spent meditating is recorded to help you see progress
Interfaces are user friendly and get you meditating right away!
Personalize presets and preferences
INSIGHT TIMER (available on iTunes and Google play)
8,000+ free guided meditations, music tracks, talks and courses
OAK (available on iTunes)
Guided meditations allow you to choose female or male instructors
Includes breathing exercises
Will you join me in this amazing practice? I'd love to hear your feedback about how meditation is working for you, what are your challenges, and what are you loving about it!