Millennials have this interesting fascination with new age healing. Everything from crystals to energy work. We are awake to possibilities and work harder than we often realize. We have information at our finger tips and minds that love to wander. How can we use our fascination to build a more intimate relationship with ourselves and others? Meditation and mindfulness seem to be the most useful tools that we have to calm anxieties and connect with others.
In times of stress it is of the utmost importance to remember to take a healthy pause, which will ground you and help process your work. While studying for mid-terms or finals you can get overloaded and stop processing what you are learning. For those with exceptionally busy lives it is hard to find a moment to breathe and be present in the reality you are manifesting. Many of us have never been taught how to be in the current moment and be okay with it. This article will break mindfulness meditation down into simple steps that normally are ideal for 20-30 minutes of meditation.
Meditation is not a a way of making your mind quiet, it’s a way of entering into the quiet that’s already there. (Deepak Chopra)
1. Find a moment where you have some time for yourself. Scheduling self care time should help you make this a more valued time, which is set aside specifically for you. Meditation looks different for everyone and there are many forms. We are conditioned as a society to constantly be busy and multitasking. This time should be put aside for you and you only. Mindfulness is a practice of being in the moment.
2. Find a place that you feel comfortable in. In an environment where you will not be distracted is ideal for beginners in the practice. If you pick an outside area you may enjoy the sounds of nature and people around you if you live in city. Your mind may wander in the beginning and this is natural. Let the thoughts come and go. You may feel the need to fidget or change positions, which is normal. Be mindful of your body. You want to be comfortable and do what comes naturally. You may keep your eyes open or closed and your gaze should be at a 45 degree angle on the ground.
3. Find a method that works for you! Some people like guided meditations, binaural beats, or ASMR. A playlist can be found for all of these methods through the hyperlinks provided. Guided meditations are a kind of walk through towards meditation and help direct your focus on a certain type of healing or relaxation. Binaural beats are soundwaves that require headphones. The sound you hear is actually the tone between the sounds you hear in your left and right ear. They have benefits as well for studying and sleep. ASMR ; Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a euphoric experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia. Any of these methods are okay but require different things. You will want to be able to focus on your breath. Make sure that whatever method you pick aids you in a journey of deeper relaxation.
Be patient and know that meditation is called a practice for a reason. Overtime you can reach longer lengths of meditation. You will begin to enter deeper states of awareness. So don’t give up!