Meditation Made Easy

Alison Nancye's latest blog on meditation is MEDITATION MADE EASY. For more blogs on meditation, mindfulness and feeding the positive, go to The Life Kitchen

After 20 years meditating and writing books and running workshops on how to find your inner calm, I still regularly get asked the same questions: “How can meditation be made easier?” and “How do I stop the head chatter?”

Quite honestly, it’s about committing to meditation and giving it a go. Like anything in life, we get better with practise – riding a bike, driving a car, swimming laps, cooking, etc. Think of meditation like a muscle you are developing; the more you do it, the more flexible, stronger and agile your mind and outlook on life will be.

Practising regular meditation can have a significant positive impact on how you respond to day-to-day stresses as well as dealing with the bigger life stuff. It doesn’t take much to shift your focus to healthy thoughts using meditation as a tool to support you feeling well in mind; all you have to do is stop, close your eyes and breathe.

Here’s 5 ways to enhance your meditation experience

  1. Regular Routine
    Choose a set time to meditate each day and try to stick to that routine. For example: before you go to work or school, after breakfast, before bed, or before an exam, meeting or crucial decision making point in the day.
  2. Same Spot
    If you can meditate in the same place each day it will help you to relax quicker being in the familiar setting.
  3. Quiet Space
    If you want to give your mind the opportunity to be quiet then ensure you are free from distractions and disturbances throughout your meditation practise.
  4. Set Timer
    Often people can find meditation overwhelming because they never know when to stop and and feel complete. You don’t have to meditate for a long time to feel the benefits. Setting a clock for an allocated time can help you to let go of the worry of everything else and know the alarm will remind you when your meditation time is up.
  5. Just Breathe
    If you find your mind wandering or you’re at a loss for what to ‘do’ while meditating, turn your attention away from your mind and to your body. Simply focus on the natural rise and fall of your belly; doing this allows your breath to organically find it’s flow.