When you search the word “mediation” online the definition that pops up is, “Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state,” says Wikipedia in an article on how to meditate.
Meditating is something that I do daily, and I think it’s another form a relaxation to me that I think that others should practice as well.
Before I started practicing mediation daily, I didn’t believe in mediation talks. I honestly thought it was useless, and just another activity put into people’s minds to believe it worked. So, I wasn’t for it at all in the beginning until my first year when I went off to university. With more class and more work, stress levels went up and I felt my body was off balance and tense all the time. I went to my dance class one day and had a meditation session. All of those thoughts that I had in the beginning were melted away along with my stress and tension and all of the other crazy thoughts going through my mind.
Just trust me when I say it doesn’t hurt to try something and if you don’t like it then you don’t have to do it ever again, but if you are a few of those out there who want to start to learn how to meditate but don’t know where to start this is for you. Here are some easy meditation methods that anyone can try, and I also practice myself.
Sound Meditation is one form that I enjoy. Find somewhere calm and pop some headphones in and sit down and relax. Find calming music—my personal favorite is the sound of rain or ocean waves. If you have some melody that is calming for you, play it, take a couple of deep breaths, and melt away from reality.
I know a lot of people enjoy practicing yoga as a form of meditation. When you are meditating you don’t have to be in stillness, and I think that’s what most believe. The type of movement can help you meditate and focus just as much as you laying down or sitting. Yoga is excellent for your body but also your mind because it can calm you down as well. With other workouts, you’re on the go, and your heart rate is always up, but with yoga, you’re taking it down a few notches.
There are also a bunch of meditation apps out there to help you out as well. Some may have different types of categories that may fit if you are going through something, or if you’re stressed. When I was in college the app that I used consistently and still do is called Headspace. There are others out there like Calm and Aura.
There are many videos out there, especially on YouTube, that you can support and help with guided mediation. There are many videos you can watch that cater to what your feeling at that time like for example anxiety. These people will walk you through the mediation, and it also will help if you feel like you’re alone. Their soothing voice is there to help guide you throughout the meditation.