More often than not, much of the stress and tension we feel is a product of our own overworked minds. Few of us feel like we actually have time to sit, “doing nothing” and give meditation a shot. Interestingly, once you actually do start to meditate you’ll begin to feel like you have more time available. This is the magic of the a calmer and better focused mind. Rather than aiming for the off-putting 45-minute meditation marathon, begin by simply spending 5-10 minutes every day doing a simple breathing meditation. You can then slowly build up the time every day. That’s really all you need to slowly restore your inner peace and balance.
Here is our simple 5-step guide:
- Find a quiet place where you’ll be uninterrupted and able to relax.
- Sit comfortably. Try a comfortable chair or crossed legged on a pillow on the floor. You may find that sitting against a wall does not strain your back.
- Close your eyes and start focusing on your breath. Breathe in through the nose, breathe out through the mouth. Try to become aware of the sensation, and let your breath become the focus-object of your meditation.
- It is without doubt that your mind will initially begin to wander and your focus will be lost. Rather than trying hard to retain your focus and to “stop thinking”, try to become a passive observer of your thoughts. Let them come but let them pass, by simply shifting your focus to your breath.
- With practice, you will slowly be able to calm your mind and experience inner peace.