Meditation is the place where you drop in and spend some time with yourself. It doesn't have to feel daunting or uncomfortable. There are many types of meditation- all you need is the one that works for today! Here are some variations to get you started:
- Meditation doesn't have to be done seated with your eyes closed. Try giving 100% of your attention to the task at hand. Notice how this might feel easier or more difficult depending on the task.
- Place your hands over your heart and focus on the sensation of your heartbeat.
- Draw your awareness to your breath and imagine your thoughts flowing through you, like leaves carried away on a stream. Notice the thoughts but choose to let them pass.
- Sit and observe. Take several minutes to stop scrolling, texting and interacting with the outside world. Just watch. Notice what thoughts, judgments or urges arise.
If you choose to sit in a more traditional meditation, stretch your legs, back and shoulders first. Find a comfortable blanket or cushion to sit on and place it against the wall for support. Still uncomfortable? Ask your yoga teacher to help you find the right props, stretches or modifications to make sitting easier.
Above all else, be patient with yourself!