What is meditation? It’s the practise of connecting to yourself physically, mentally and emotionally, bringing alignment into your internal world.
Choosing a style of meditation that suits you can be overwhelming and confusing but it’s not as challenging as you think! You just need to choose a style that you connect with.
You can explore mindfulness, zazen, transcendental, kundalini, qi gong, guided visualisation, trance-based practises and/or body/breath meditations to see what you like. Personally, I love doing a variety of meditation styles as each technique allows you to connect differently with your physical, mental and emotional world.
So why is meditation so awesome? Let’s start at the very beginning with you and only you. Meditation is about de-cluttering all around you. This means de-cluttering mentally, physically and emotionally.
Life is so fast pace that we tend to forget about our internal world but you can definitely see, feel and smell when our external home needs a big clean. What would happen if we didn’t clean our house for a few months? You’d need a peg on your noise and dust goggles.
So what happens internally if we don’t clean out our internal world? If one or all of them can be under pressure, we could have:
Mental = overthinking
Emotional = overwhelmed
Physical = tension
Meditation helps you create space within your 3 internal worlds (4 if we include spirituality but that’s another topic). We don’t have to spend hours meditating, however, it’s important to create regular space and harmony in your internal world. You can meditate daily for as little as 3-5minutes a day and enjoy many benefits.
The more you become familiar with regular meditation, the longer you’ll be able to focus, go deeper and connect with yourself.
10 Simple Meditation Steps that ANYONE Can Do
1. Find a comfortable position for you to sit down.
2. Take a couple of deep breaths to get you settled into your spot.
3. Close your eyes.
4. Give your mind permission to think about whatever it wants: The trick is where you place your focus. Your focus and mind can be separate; this is what we’re aiming for and practising.
5. Bring your focus to your breath and starting breathing slowly all the way down to your belly.
6. Hold for 3 seconds and then focus on your out breathe (through the mouth).
7. Repeat 3 more times with the focus on your breath as it moves through your body.
8. Find your own rhythmic breath that flows for you.
9. With each exhalation start to relax different parts of your body, especially where you feel tension. Bring your focus to that area, breathe into it and as you exhale feel it become more spacious (you only focus on one area at first and this may be enough to start off with).
10. When you feel ready, using your breath to come back into the position that you are in, wiggle your toes and fingers, then gently open your eyes.
Simonne Lee is an internationally recognised Animal Communicator, Energy Healer, Life Strategist and Psychometric Reader expert who has built up a reputation amongst her clients – both furry and human – as the Pet Whisper and Ms Doolittle. For more information on Simonne Lee visit simonnelee.com or follow her on Facebook and Instagram @SimonneLeeOfficial or Twitter @SimonneLeeOffic.