Meditation is a practice known to reduce stress, enhance inner peace, and help with better sleep (among other great benefits). We spend so much time with our thoughts that it becomes easy to forget, “You are not your thoughts, you are the person listening to them,” 1. Mediation is one way we can help bring ourselves out of our head and back into the experience of our full being. But meditating for the first time can feel overwhelming or even discouraging when it can be so difficult to switch our minds off.
If you think about meditation less like a level of spirituality that must be attained and more like a mindfulness exercise that can help you in your daily life, or like a skill that takes consistent practice, it becomes easier to get started and keep practicing. So don’t expect yourself to find an hour straight of deep inner peace the first time you sit down and close your eyes.
The easiest way to begin meditating is by finding something for your mind to do. Here are 5 easy, accessible ways to give it a try:
1. My favorite way is to meditate while listening to guided meditations. YouTube has a plethora to choose from. You can find options that are specific to your needs:
4 Minute at Work Guided Meditation