Mindful Meditation with Lindsey Calla
A Guide for Beginners
Taking few minutes to breathe, to sit and meditate is something that I do on a daily basis. I make sure to work it into my routine whenever I can find those moments to myself, and it’s really something that you can incorporate into your routine as well, whether or not you’re a beginner at meditation or an expert. This is really easy and attainable for anybody to do.
Start by getting comfortable. Find a place that inspires you. Maybe that’s the water. Maybe that’s a place in your home. Find a really comfortable seat, something that you feel comfortable just sitting in for a while.
I like to do a little bit of stretching when I sit, a little bit of something over the head, a gentle twist, just to warm up the body and prepare myself to be still for a few moments.
When you get comfortable, and mind you, you can have a block underneath you, you can use a blanket, whatever works for you is fine…there are no rules here, sit cross-legged in the lotus position. I like to start with my hands on my knees, and I love to bring my shoulders back. It’s really important to create an airway to breathe. Also, understand that stillness has energy. It’s very dynamic, what you’re doing takes the same amount of effort as if you were exercising, so it’s very healthy for you.
The next thing that you want to do is to really take in your surroundings, and think about if you see something that affects your energy. Maybe it’s light, maybe it’s sound, maybe it’s something that is peeking into your mind. Touch base with checking in with yourself. Notice how you’re feeling that day. Are you anxious? Happy? Tired? Confront those emotions and be present. If you’re feeling anxious, you’re thinking too far in the future. If you have regret, that’s in the past. You really want to focus on your breath here, because really the breath is a place that can cultivate your awareness for yourself.
After checking in with yourself, open your hands back up and just take a few minutes to inhale and exhale deeply. I like to make every inhale the same amount of time as every exhale. It’s a really great way to cultivate that awareness in yourself and focus. If you find your mind wandering, that’s okay. Bring it back to something that you can focus on, and the breath is really important here. Find a way to also check in with those things that creep into your mind, because usually the things that creep into our heads that are negative are things that we want to forget about right away, and this is a really great time to confront those, and let them go.
All you have to do is take a few minutes. It doesn’t have to be long. It can be anywhere from a minute to five or ten. Whatever time you have, just sit there and breathe for a minute. That’s usually what I do in my daily meditation, so I hope that it helps you as well.