Back in the late 60’s, the Beatles blew the lid off of this “thing” called Meditation. They met this man, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and learned about Transcendental Meditation and if you were paying attention to what the Beatles were doing at the time, at best it seemed weird and worst it seemed sorta creepy. What is happening with these musicians? This and Woodstock would certainly make a person stop and know something new was going on!
There is proof that meditation actually CHANGES how your brain responds. Psychology Today talks about this in great detail. But the important thing isn’t how long you meditate, if you sit cross legged or make funny chant sounds that scare the dog, it is that you START.
How To Start
Anywhere. This blog focuses on how to make technology work for you. This post is no different. There are many apps available that you can download many for FREE to start Meditating. Using a “Guided” type first was most helpful when I started. I have written about Andrew Johnson before, he has great apps and downloadable audio files for relaxation of all types. There are also other free ones, in both the Apple App and Google Play Stores for your phone or mobile device.
Latest one I am trying is “Guided Journey,” you can pick the setting (like the beach or forest) and the time that you would like to Meditate: 1 minute to :59 Minutes. The sounds of the setting you pick (waves, etc.) and a very sweet voice “guides” you through a visualization that helps focus you away from all the jumbled thoughts you have and onto something else to help you clear your head. Just follow along. It is that easy.
Keep On Keepin’ On
Start with short intervals and try to sit at the same time(s) during the day. I started with 2 minutes, twice a day for the first week. The second week I tried 4 minutes and so on. Do what works for you. I “sit” in the morning, first thing still in my PJ’s and at night after I am ready to go to bed, but before I am in bed.
I also have used these apps when I was in a stressful situation, I have my phone with me so when I was waiting in a waiting room while my Mom was in the Operating Room. It was a great way to stay calm and feel fresh and focused. Then if you really get into it, you may want to start meditating in a group, but for now, just START.
I am a big believer in Meditation for just about everything. Great option to try before turning to medication. If you have any questions, like always please drop me an email and I am happy to help.