So many people take the time to connect with their body through nutrition and exercise and to connect to the mind through certifications, professional development and courses, but how many of us take the time to connect to our spirit. Let me first define what the spirt is in the terms of how I see it. The spirit lives with us and dies with us. It is our energy field that connects us to what is greater, some of us see this greater energy as God, for some it may be the universe, for others it may be a feeling. The dictionary defines the spirit as the nonphysical part of a person that is the seat of emotions and character; the soul. Alright, so why is it so important that we connect with our spirit? Creating these connections to the spirit allows us to strengthen the energy that connects our body to our mind. With a strengthened connection to the spirit we gain a deeper understanding of our bodies, a deeper understanding of our minds and we grow as an individual. Many people use many different ways to connect to their spirit. I use meditation.
Meditation allows the mind and the body to become present. We become mindful when we lose thought. Our insight becomes heightened and we tune into our heart. This is when we create space in the mind so that things we may not be able to see with the chatter of the mind opens and we can see. Making space in our mind allows our thoughts to come to us in a more organized fashion so that our decisions are made with more clarity. Our heart opens and we are able to make more decisions based on how we feel, not how we think. This in turn leads us to live the life we truly desire. Sound good? Are you hooked?
I know the thoughts that someone reading this blog for the first time, who has not meditated before or tried a few times time might be thinking; “I tried meditation but I can’t stop thinking”, “I get bored”. These things have happened to every person that has started a meditation practice and it is ok to have thoughts and to get bored. The key is to be ok with that, become present with that. Look at these thoughts from another perspective.
The goal with any new habit is to start small and to only do what you can. From this point work on a schedule to follow, 3 days a week, 2, whatever you can fit into your life. Then stick with it for 21 days. Research has proven that it takes 21 days to form a new habit.
Some tips for new meditators:
- Create a comfortable, clean space to practice. Having a clean zen area will help with clearing the thoughts.
- Set a timer. New meditators should start with 3-5 min.
- Use meditation music or an actual meditation that you find on YouTube. This will act as a guide and help train the mind.
- Start with a focus. I use breath. Really become present with your focus. An example I use is following my inhale and exhale and then I get into my body and start to really feel what is going on. Where my tightness and stress is and I use my breath to start letting go of what tension I am holding onto.
- Listen. Let Go. Learn.