Guest post by….
RJ Lisander, Lotus Seed Meditations, LLC
Meditation is a practice that starts with small steps. The first and most important step is to start. That means saying to yourself that you will dedicate a few moments each day to you.
Once you’ve made this decision all you have to do is find a place to get comfortable and practice. There is no right or wrong space. There is no need to make it complicated. Just find a space where you naturally feel safe and secure. For some this is looking out a window feeling the afternoon sun warm the skin. For some, this space can be sitting by water or in the woods. For others this space is a comfortable chair, listening to a favorite song, or sitting quietly at the kitchen table with the smell of a favorite meal or treat warming in the oven.
Once you find your space, get comfortable. Experiment with sitting, lying down, and the use of props until you find the position that works best for you.
The second step is to just sit. Sit for any amount of time, starting with just a minute or two and adding on steadily from there. (Before you know it you will be sitting in stillness at your goal time.)
The third step, practice, which develops with each session. By practicing here I am not referring to sitting in stillness with the absence of noises, the chatter of the mind, or the distraction of priorities that draw you away from your practice. Rather, it means to sit with these things. Sit with all of these things. Let yourself become aware of and experience the noises surrounding you. Let your mind speak until it has said all it needs and quiets. Remind yourself that you will have plenty of time later in your day to attend to all of your priorities. But, for the dedicated amount of time try to just sit. With patience, the practice unfolds and the noises move to the background and the mind naturally quiets quicker and quicker.
Before you know it, you are finding your breath; awareness. And, that is where the wonderful journey inward and the benefits of meditation start to take hold.
Have questions on how to develop your practice? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or come to a class at InsideOut Body Therapies.