Four Meditations to Incorporate into Your Daily Routine
Have you been feeling like the universe is out to get you lately? Sometimes, the smallest things start to bother us, and eat away at our thoughts. However, sometimes the little things mean the most. Did you know that meditating (even just for five minutes) will relax your body, mind, and soul?
Believe it or not, meditating each day will make you feel as though a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders. There are many types of meditations you could try. A few meditations you could try out are:
- Vipassana - Ground your body, learn how your mind works
- Metta - Learn to love yourself/others
- Taoist - Connect with nature
Once you get to the root of what's bothering you, you'll be able to choose a meditation that will work best!
There are so many meditation apps you can download on your phone. My two favorites are:
- Stop, Breathe, & Think
- Headspace - Meditation
These apps are free, with in app purchase options. They're guided meditations, which is awesome for beginners! If you feel uncomfortable downloading apps onto your phone, or just don't want to, you can always go to Youtube.com and type in "Meditation videos". There are so many options on Youtube, too! For example, you could choose to listen to meditation music alone, or (if you're a beginner) you could listen to guided meditations. (I have been meditating for a while and still prefer the guided meditations, but everyone has their own preference!)
Check out these four meditation practices below! *Meditation works best with headphones!*
1. Mindfulness (Overcome Anxiety & Fear)
So many people struggle with anxiety, and are afraid to try anything new because of it. When you live in a world filled with anxiety, you loose sight of what's in front of you. Your life. If you're able to squeeze 15 minutes into your busy schedule, I highly recommend watching this video. Your worries will wash away in a matter of minutes, leaving you stress, anxiety, and fear free.
2. Blissful Deep Relaxation
Picture this: You wake up thirty minutes late because your alarm never went off. You rush to get dressed and get your kids to school, forgetting both of your lunches. When you finally get the kids to school, you notice that you're going to be fifteen minutes late to work. You rush to get there, get stuck in traffic, and arrive twenty minutes late. Your boss is aggravated, you're overwhelmed with stress, and you just want to break down and cry.
Has this scenario ever happened to you? When was the last time you felt fully relaxed? I'm talking deep, blissful relaxation -- as if nothing could bother you. If your answer is "not in a very long time" it's time to change that. When you're feeling stressed, what calms you down? Your favorite book? Writing? Watching TV or movies? Next time, break your routine. Try meditation. I grantee it'll make you feel like a new person.
3. Healing (Full Body Scan)
Have you ever heard of a body scan? If not, it's about time you stopped living under a rock and practiced this meditation. A full body scan allows you to get in touch with your body, while releasing bottled up emotions. Your brain will practice awareness, making it easy for you to notice your surroundings. It's best to lay on the floor while practicing this meditation, that way you can be aware of your surroundings from your head to your toes!
4. Before Sleep
Do you have trouble falling asleep at night? Are your negative thoughts keeping you awake, worrying about what you're going to do the next day? If so, I suggest mediating at least fifteen to thirty minutes prior to when you fall asleep. Your mind will relax, your body will feel weightless, and your thoughts will drift away. Before you go to bed tonight, why not try meditating for fifteen minutes? I promise you'll sleep like a baby - a carefree, happy baby.
What meditations do you practice often? Let us know in the comments below!
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