Meditation Tips // My Benefits

'I don't have time to just sit and do nothing' Well, then it's exactly the time to do just that. Meditating is key to a peaceful mind. I don't exactly know who it was but someone once said that 'The time to relax is when you don't have time for it' which is so true. You decide how busy you are. And the thing is, meditation is not 'doing nothing', meditation is the most giving thing you can give to your soul. These are just some of my tips to getting started with meditating. 
The best way to start is a few minutes. Sit for just a few minutes at a time for a week or two. And then build on the minutes. Always start small then build on. And it is hard at first but here are some of my tips:

If you want to learn even more then Pick Up Limes has a great guide to meditating: Watch part one of her beginners guide by clicking right here.

Do it first thing in the morning
This is absolutely the perfect start of the day. Starting it off with a calm mind will do wonders for the rest of your day. Switch out the scrolling with meditating and you will nurture your mind and soul instead of cluttering it. 

Comfortable positions
A comfortable position is key. Some like to sit. I like to lie in my bed and after I'm done practicing yoga I always lie in shavasana. Comfortable and warm will most definitely help you. But I just want to note that you can meditate everywhere. But a comfortable position will always help. 

Don't overthink it
I think that a lot of people don't meditate for this specific thing; that there is only one way to do it which is super hard so why even try because I can't do it. Or that you have to be super spirituel. No. You just got to go where it feels good. Don't overthink how you do it. Just do it. How I like to meditate may not be ideal for you. There is no specific way to do it.

Focus on your breathing
When starting out it can be super hard to let go of thoughts and focus. Focus on your breathing. Because when you start focusing on your breathing going in and out you don't have room for thoughts. If I am having a harder time with focusing on my breathing I like to also count them. Count my deep breaths. That usually help with a busy mind. 

Instrumental music
If you have a hard time letting go of your thought some instrumental music can really help. Focus on the music and let the thoughts go. You can also go wherever the music leads you. Another thing you can try is a guided meditation with a voice that leads you. Those are super good for beginners. 

Let your thoughts 'fly away' or 'swim away'
When thoughts appear (which they will) picturing them fly away or swim away helps to let them go. For me it helps by turning the thought into a bird and watching it fly away. When you start to wonder just return to your breathing and let go. 

I also just wanted to mention some of the benefits that I have felt on my own body and mind. And this is what I have felt after meditating every morning for a couple of minutes. These are some benefits that I would not be without and I absolutely love the effect that it has.

It clears my mind
I get grounded
It calms my body and mind
Beats everyday stress, my anxiety, my headaches and it's a great pain relief
Improves my mood
Increases my focus
I am generally calmer

So you might think that it is silly to sit and do 'nothing' but you gain so much from it and I would never want to be without it. All you have to do is give it a try and I am sure it is hard at first but what isn't? To empty your mind in this day and age is probably the hardest thing to do because there is so much going on.