We all know about behaviours that are good for us, like getting a good night's sleep, staying hydrated, eating less processed foods, exercising, worrying less, and meditation. But how many of us actually achieve all of this on a daily basis? Of course it's hard to find time, but practicing just one of the items listed above every day can have a wonderfully positive impact on your life.
Why not dedicate 5 minutes of "you time" to daily Meditation?
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Whether you are brand new to meditation or re-starting your practice, you will always benefit from sitting in stillness and slowly learning to be more present. The best thing about meditation? You don't have to be good at it because it requires no skill. Simply give yourself 5 minutes a day to sit comfortably and pay attention to your body and breath. That's it. That's all you have to do to experience the following benefits.
The Benefits of Daily Meditation
If you aren't ready to sign up for the Commit To Sit Challenge or are unsure about how to get started with a daily meditation practice, I've listed a few meditation methods you can try.
Simply inhale to the count of 4, pause to a count of 4, exhale to a count of 4, pause to a count of 4 then repeat as many times as you'd like!
WORDS & PICTURES
Sit comfortably with your eye closed, paying attention to your breath. To help keep your mind focused on your breath, use two labels for anything that pops into your mind. If you are having thoughts about your day, making lists or worrying, simply say the word "WORDS" to yourself. And if you're seeing images of people or scenes, simply say the word "PICTURES." Using these words will help stop your thoughts from snowballing and should get you back to focusing on your breath.
While sitting or laying comfortably, rest your hands on your belly. As you breathe in and out, notice how your belly expands and releases. Continue to pay attention to how your hands move with your belly. This physical motion of your breath can remind you to be present.
If you're interested in trying meditation, we encourage you to try one of our Sitting Pretty Pillows or Modern Zafu cushions. Either cushion will allow your hips to open and your lower back to release when sitting cross-legged to make meditation a comfortable and calm experience.