Scary or boring, exciting or tiresome, valuable or worthless? It all depends on what your perspective is. Meditation is not a religion, but it can supplement any practice you have. Meditation can help you to slow down, reduce your stress level, examine your thoughts and watch your mind for patterns. When you are not trying, what thoughts pop up? What thoughts spin in your mind regularly…worry, anxiety, frustration? Through meditation you can identify when you are on auto-pilot and not really ‘thinking’ at all.
I encourage all my clients to find a meditation technique that works for them. I started with an app for the iPhone called “Mindfulness Meditation” which is an easy guided 5, 10, 15, 20 or 30 minute session. I put my phone in airplane mode (so I cannot receive calls or texts) and plug in my headphones. I use it when I need a break at the office, if I’m waiting in the car line at school or at home before I go to bed.
Here is an article from the May edition of Natural Awakenings Magazine. It summarizes 3 simple techniques of meditation that anyone can incorporate into their daily life. I hope that it will demystify the idea of meditation and encourage you to find a way to start, even just 5 minutes a day will make a huge difference in your life!