Meditation isn’t rocket science. It's pretty simple, really. In a nutshell, meditation is the practice of concentrating your attention on a point of focus. Here’s how to meditate in seven simple steps…
Commit to a length of time and a technique (breath, sensation, mantra, sound or visualisation). If you’re listening to a guided meditation, the instructions will dictate the time and which technique(s) you use.
You don’t have to sit on the floor, Buddha-style if that isn’t your cup of chai. Pull up a chair if that is more comfy, just be sure to sit up straight. Remember — a straight spine creates a clear mind.
Set your timer or press play on the guided meditation track of your choice.
Train your attention to the meditation technique of your choice — or to the instructions in the guided meditation.
As you meditate, you may get a sneak peak into the space between your thoughts. Enjoy it (no matter how small the space is.)
Getting distracted is normal! When you notice your attention drifting, just recognise that your mind has wandered and then return your attention to the technique.
You’ll find yourself repeating this cycle of “re-mindfulness” (steps 4-5-6) over and over. That’s A-OK! This isn’t military boot camp, yo. Lighten up, smile at your wandering mind, and give yourself a mental high five whenever you re-mind yourself to return to the technique at hand, always without judgment.
When the bell rings or the guided meditation ends, don’t judge! It doesn’t matter if it wasn’t perfect. You got sit done. So give yourself high fives and high vibes only.
That’s it! See, meditation isn’t so complicated, right?