'Mindfulness isn't difficult, we just need to remember to do it.' - Sharon Salzberg
How's your new year resolution to start meditating going?
We've just started a new month, so if you've fallen off the wagon or haven't started as yet, there's no time like the present!
Meditating really isn't that hard, and you don't have to be intimidated by it. Once you can breathe, you can meditate.
Try these steps below and send me a message and let me know how it goes - I'm here for you!
1. Sit in a comfortable, upright position - Uncross your legs, feet on the ground, hands lightly resting in your lap. Close your eyes or let your gaze fall to the floor to a few feet in front of you.
2. Start to focus on your breath - Notice how the air feels moving in, and out, of your body. Try to experience the sensations of breathing in your body; your nostrils, chest, and belly.
3. Notice when your mind starts to wander - this is completely normal and nothing to get freaked out or frustrated about. Just notice when this happens and gently re-focus your attention on your breathing.
4. Be kind to yourself - how you speak to yourself when you realise you've become lost in thought is just as important as focusing on your breathing. So to is choosing to simply begin again, every time this happens, as many times as you need to.
Set the timer on your phone for 15 minutes and try this simple breath awareness exercise every day for a week. Even if it doesn't feel like anything is "happening", you might be surprised at what you discover in-between the sessions!