By Sheila Heylin
Any form of meditation will improve your life. There is no wrong way to meditate.
Let’s take the mystery out of it. The only thing you need to do is to make meditation a constant in your life. Like anything worthwhile, the more you do it the easier it comes to you. It’s a self-feeding cycle. Be aware of every little feeling while you’re meditating. Notice how much better you feel. Notice the inner joy that starts to emerge in you. Notice how much more freely you’re able to give.
Just taking in a good deep breath is powerful! No matter where you are… You could be in the middle of a meeting, in traffic, or dealing with a child having a melt down. Just fill up those lungs and let it go. This will help you stay present and manage stress. AND the health benefits are numerous!
The point is to get out of your head. The mind has run us for too long. Meditation and stillness quiet the mind and show us who we really are… and this is how you start to nurture yourself and how you find happiness.
When you meditate, take five minutes (watch this week’s episode on Taking 5), and don’t judge how it’s going. Everyday will be different. Just allow it to be– another great practice!
When I started meditating (in the bathroom!) what helped me was using an egg timer that I set for 5 minutes. This way I didn’t have to think of the time. Somedays it felt like an hour! I’d sneak a peak at the timer and that thing had only gone for a minute and 43 seconds. It sucked. But what happened the last 35 seconds was worth sticking it out till the end. And other days it was a blink of an eye!
Try this and you’ll see such a difference in how you feel that you’ll start to go a few minutes longer as you make more time for yourself. This works!
We can find time for everyone else in our lives. Give this daily gift to yourself!
I feel we are all worth 5 minutes!
About the Author: Sheila Heylin, the knowledgeable host of Happiness Series, lives in Chicago and Los Angeles. It was in LA where Sheila discovered healthy living. She realized that “what you’re not used to and what you hate are two different things.” She and Tania partnered to create Happiness Series and build an online and offline community that fosters wellness and happiness.