Yoga is a practice that encompasses your mind, body and spirit. This means that not only are you practicing a physical practice, but also a mental and spiritual one. Meditation is an important component to yoga as well as to life. Even if you have never meditated before in your life, today is always a good day to start something. With our meditation tips, we hope that even as a beginner, you will be able to take a few minutes of each of your day for yourself.
Aurorae’s Meditation Tips
- Meditation Can Happen Anywhere
One of the most misunderstood pieces of information people overlook when looking for meditation tips and advice is the fact that meditation does not need to happen in a yoga studio or room specifically carved out for meditating with your legs crossed, chanting. No, you can actually learn to meditate anywhere, which makes fitting it into your lifestyle easier.
- Meditation Can Evolve, So Start Small
You won’t find any list of meditation tips that say you have to mediate for an hour per day, every day. The best way to start incorporating meditation into your life is to start simple and small. Start with five minutes. Heck, start with one minute. The most basic meditation is simple breathing and focusing on your breath. Let’s start there.
- Mindfulness is Key to Meditation
Whether you are starting off with focused and mindful breathing meditation, or you’ve evolved into a walking meditation or any other meditation activity, staying mindful of your task at hand is important. This is what trains us to focus and stay within the moment. These meditation tips will help us eventually incorporate mindfulness and staying focused into our everyday lives.
- Put a Smile on Your Face
Have you ever heard someone tell you to smile while you’re on the phone with someone because your expression can be “heard” through the phone? Well, it’s true. One of our favorite tips is this one: smile while you meditate. It does not have to be a full on, teeth-showing smile. It simply can be a half smile, or just smiling with your eyes. Relax your facial muscles. It will help you focus and concentrate on the task at hand.
- Take Our Meditation Tips with a Grain of Salt
This sounds pretty contradictory, don’t you think? Well, meditation, such as is with yoga, is a very personal practice. We cannot tell you what to do or not to do. But, we can ease your worries about jumping into a new activity that you have never partaken in. If you want to sit, you can sit, if you want to stand and walk, you can do that too. If you want to meditate while you eat, there is mindful eating. If you want to meditate in the middle of a work-day, no problem. Take a break.
One of the most important things to remember when you start your meditation practice is that practice makes practice. This is your meditation. Focus, but if you lose your concentration, just simply push any other thoughts aside and non-judgmentally return to your point of focus. It’s really that simple. This is a judgement-free zone.