Meditation has been buzzed about everywhere lately and it is a practice that I totally support! Meditation has made a huge difference in my life and contrary to popular belief, it is easy to squeeze in some time to meditate every day if you follow some of the tips and tricks below.
This Huffington Post article lists 8 ways that meditation can benefit you including improving concentration, physical health benefits, and improving happiness!
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There’s an app for that
By far the easiest way to get into a good practice of meditation is to download an app on your phone! There are so many apps these days, but here are some of my favorites:
- Insight Timer Browse thousands of free guided meditations, affirmations, and meditation music selections or use the handy timer to record your meditation sessions. The app also lets you track your progress
- Headspace A great meditation app for those who are serious about the practice- not a lot of free content so a subscription is required for most of the app
- Guided Mind A plethora of guided meditations on various topics for free or for purchase
Affirmations and Guided Meditations
I admit, sometimes I don’t have the time or desire to sit down and spend time actually meditating. That’s where affirmations and guided meditations have been a true lifesaver! As part of my 18 for 2018 I want to listen to affirmations or meditate three times a week (lately I have been pushing for daily as the benefits skyrocket).
Having some affirmations downloaded on my phone or using guided meditations allows me to listen while multi-tasking and doing other things.
- Listen to a guided meditation on Insight Timer while doing the dishes
- Play positive affirmations while commuting on the subway/walking to work
- Fall asleep to a guided mediation
Remind yourself of your intent
Surrounding yourself with positive affirmations is an easy way to remind yourself of your intention to meditate and focus inward.
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Turn your shower into a meditation zone
One of the easiest and best places to meditate is a place you spend some time in every day- the shower! Spend even just 5 minutes of your morning or nightly shower meditating to gain great benefits.
If you need a guided meditation or affirmations like me, grab a waterproof speaker for your bathroom to surround yourself with good vibes. This one is pink and under $10! These also make great gifts for the person who has everything.
Morning person or night owl?
Happiness expert and author of The Happiness Project, Better than Before, and The Four Tendencies writes a lot about how our habits shape our happiness. The bottom line is, there isn’t one perfect strategy for everyone- you need to know yourself and how you behave.
One of the key things to learn about yourself is if you are a morning person or a night owl (a lark or a night owl). Throughout your life you have a tendency to have periods of being more of a night owl, like in your teenage years or during college, or a lark as most of us tend to lean to in older age. But most people prefer mornings or evenings.
For me, I prefer going to bed early and waking up earlier so I would now consider myself more of a morning person. I do my best work in the morning. So when it comes to my meditation practice, I like to start my day with meditations and affirmations. If I play one before bed, I tend to fall asleep to it so if I have to squeeze one in then I make sure it is something soothing that will sit in my subconscious.
How do you incorporate meditation into your daily life?
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