“A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part”

Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

If you’re here, you’ve probably been hearing a lot about the benefits of meditation, and you’ve probably even done some research on the subject. Regulate anxiety? Reduce stress? Sharpen focus and concentration? Increase compassion and self-awareness? It all sounds terrific, and all you must do is find time to sit in silence and focus on your breath! If only it were that simple!

The act of meditation itself is relatively easy. The challenge for most people is consistency; sticking to your daily practise long enough to reap the benefits of meditation.

Here are five tried and true suggestions for cultivating a regular meditation practice. 

 

Find your intention

Journaling is a powerful way to gain clarity around your ‘why.’ Why do you want to meditate in the first place? Write down how you think a meditation practice will add value to your life. Do you want to improve your focus? Reduce stress? Cultivate more patience? This list can be a powerful motivating force that you can refer back to whenever you need a little inspiration. I also recommend Journaling after your practice if you had any significant or profound experiences.

 

Create space

Creating a meditation space is quite essential. Over time, your mind will begin associating this spot with your meditation practice. Then, whenever you sit in this space to meditate, your mind will automatically start to calm down and tune in. When creating your meditation space, think 'minimalistic' to reduce distractions. Check out my Pinterest board for some meditation space inspiration.

 

Use mala beads to count 108 breaths

Using Mala beads is a fantastic way to tune in, keep the mind focused, and stay in the present moment. I like to begin each meditation by counting 108 deep, slow breaths using my mala beads and then setting them aside to sit still and observe for 5-10 minutes more. Meditating with mala beads is a very effective way to pull in the reins of an overactive mind.

 

1-minute meditation rule

The key to a deep and fulfilling meditation practise is consistency. It is a profound misconception that you must sit for a long time to reap the benefits of a meditation practise.  

Sometimes life gets in the way, but committing to your practise, even if for one minute, will help maintain the momentum and rhythm of your daily practice, which will build on itself over time, increasing focus, presence, and equanimity.

 

Maintain an equanimous mind.

I love the word ‘equanimity,’ defined as calmness and composure, especially in difficult situations.

One of the most important aspects of a meditation practise is being present with what is. Being ok with things as they are instead of wishing they were different.

Meditation is not about having NO thoughts but rather observing them without judgment and returning to your breath as an anchor.  

 

I truly hope this inspires you.

With Love,

Candace.

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