I have recently been making an effort to reignite my meditation practice, since having a baby it has been sporadic. I’d listen to Yoga Nidra recordings, and other guided relaxations, but my meditation practice that felt so nurturing and healing had fallen away. No longer did I have an uninterrupted twenty minutes to sit and meditate on a regular basis.
I’m slowly starting to get more time to myself, but my daily practice has changed and resembles my meditation practice when I first started to meditate, where I varied what I did each day. Some days I sit for ten minutes and focus on my breath, some I sit for twenty minutes and practice transcendental meditation, some days I listen to a guided meditation, some I practice a chakra meditation, but I make sure I practice in some way every single day.
Taking time to tune in and notice how I’m feeling physically, and mentally is so important. It is through this practice that I stay in contact with my intuition and have the courage to follow it. It allows me to connect to me and that is so important for my own sense of self and happiness.
I’ve had to let go of judgement about what my new practice looks like and how it differs from my old practice. I’ve let go of the shoulds and the all or nothing approach to meditating. I do ‘something’ every day that allows me to connect with me. The benefits are far reaching and I’d love for you to experience them too. There are many different ways to meditate, relax, and connect with yourself. Being out in nature, journaling, practising yoga, guided relaxations, breath awareness, mantra meditation and more! Do what feels good for you, that you can do on a consistent basis, and fits into your lifestyle.
There are many different ways to meditate, relax, and connect with yourself. Being out in nature, journaling, practising yoga, guided relaxations, breath awareness, mantra meditation and more! Do what feels good for you, that you can do on a consistent basis, and fits into your lifestyle.
I recorded a relaxation for you. This practice will help you connect with your body by focusing your awareness on each part of the body, becoming aware of the different sensations in your body. Simply by becoming aware of tension and relaxation, you bring them within your conscious control. This relaxation will also help you to focus your mind, giving you a break from the daily barrage of thoughts.
When we breathe we draw in prana, an energy, a life force, the essence of life. As you imagine drawing the breath into each part of your body you can imagine the prana flowing through your body relaxing and revitalising your whole body and you breathe.
Your mind will wander so don’t be hard on yourself. Simply direct your attention to the next part of the body you hear me say as soon as you become aware that you’re thinking.
So let’s begin by sitting or lying down in a comfortable position, find a position where you can remain still for the duration of the practice. The relaxation runs for just under 15minutes, switch off your phone and make sure you will not be disturbed.
If you enjoyed this relaxation, find a way to fit it into your day or week so you practice regularly. If not, try another form of relaxation or meditation until you find one you do enjoy.
I’d love to hear your experience of meditating, how it serves you, how your practice has evolved. I plan to record more audios for you so if there is something specific you’d like please let me know in the comments below.