Updated: Nov 11, 2019
Meditation is something that has so many amazing benefits, yet seems way too hard to even attempt. I admit I was kind of put off looking at people meditating at first.
I didn’t see myself sitting on a mountaintop or doing an awkward looking yoga pose as the sun rises over the beach. While all that may look cool, those are just extreme cases. Actually, meditation is not only beneficial, but easy for everyone.
Trust me, I don’t care how hard it may seem, you can do it. Getting into meditation only takes a few minutes a day and I know you have at least 5 minutes.
Why Bother Getting Into Meditation
While I’d like to think my word alone is enough to make you say “yes, I definitely need to try this,” I understand if you need some more convincing. Here's three sources of scientifically backed reasons to meditate:
· Psychology Today - 20 Scientific Reasons to Start Meditating Today
· Healthline – 12 Science Based Benefits Of Meditation
As a highlight, here are some of the benefits I’ve experienced and you can too:
· Reduces anxiety
· Eases stress
· Boosts immune functions
· Decreases pain
· Makes it easier to focus
· Changes perspective
You won’t even realize how much meditation is changing your life until you wake up one morning and just feel overall better. That my friends is how to start becoming an Unbothered Goddess.
Gather What You Need
I know you’ve probably seen people create special rooms just for meditation. While those are great, you don’t really need anything to meditate other than a quiet space. Actually, once you gain more control over your focus, you can meditate in a crowded room.
Personally, I have my meditation corner. I do like some soothing scents, such as essential oils or candles in my little space. A little soft background music works well too. But, that’s just me. I also like to have a comfortable place with pillows. I tend to use my bedroom, since my husband and I turned it into a peaceful sanctuary in our home. There’s not even a TV in the room.
The Simplest Meditation
There are so many types of meditation that it’s hard to choose where to start. First of all, don’t worry about any of that when you’re getting started. I highly recommend starting with the simplest meditation possible – mindfulness breathing.
Find a quiet place where you can be alone. Sit or lay down. Now, you can either keep your eyes open or close them. I find closing them is easier when you’re first starting out. Then, just breathe. You can set a timer on your phone if you want. A great place to start is with five minutes. Now, just breathe naturally. Let your mind focus on your breathing. If you get distracted, no problem. Just keep breathing and regain your focus.
The more you breathe, the deeper each breath becomes. You’ll gradually feel more relaxed and centered. Don’t worry if it seems hard to stay focused at first. Look around you as you breathe and just notice the room. This will help. You can also come up with a mantra to repeat, such as a word or short phrase.
Exploring Other Forms Of Meditation
Of course, there are other forms of meditation to try. In fact, Live and Dare actually lists 23 types along with advice on how to do them and the benefits of each. Personally, I love guided meditations. All you have to do is sit back and follow along as a soothing voice tells you exactly what to do. Seriously, it can’t get much easier.
If you’d like to try this approach, try one of these guided meditation apps:
· Calm (my personal favorite)
Of course, you can also check out meditation videos on YouTube.
Make It A Habit
Okay, this is the single most important part – make meditation a regular habit. Set a reminder on your phone if you have to. Ideally, I like to meditate in the morning and before bed. It’s a pretty good way to start and end the day. Try meditating every single day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. While some may say you need to do it for 20 minutes or more, five minutes is a decent place to start and you’ll still get all the benefits.
Go ahead and make meditation a part of your regular self-care routine. You’ll start feeling more like an Unbothered Goddess in no time!
Signed – The Unbothered Goddess, a woman who’s been where you are