LET THE JOURNEY BEGIN TO FIND YOUR CALM
From my home, to yours. Here is the space I list all my meditation recordings and calm habits I do for The OM Collective . These resources are mostly free so please make sure you check back weekly for new meditations and calm habits. My hope is that these free resources, guided meditations, sleep stories and soundscapes will support you in your own journey of healing, self-discovery and building strength and resilience in being able to navigate uncertainty and challenging times.
Do you find it hard to meditate because of a busy mind? Don't worry it is natural for the mind to wander. It is not about stopping the thoughts all together, but about reducing them and finding that quiet space within where we are simply the observer to our thoughts.
1. Notice the thoughts and that the mind has started to wander. When you notice your mind wandering just simply smile, breathe and observe. Don't allow the inner critic to come up and scold you - just simply observe the thoughts. Drop the need to get lost in the story or the thoughts but just observe, allow and do your best to let the breath soften the thoughts.
2. Drop the inner critic and have self-compassion. Instead of getting mad at yourself for not being able to concentrate - just gently smile and observe what is going on. Thank yourself for showing up to the practice and show yourself a little extra love, kindness and grace. Remind yourself that there are still benefits to the practice even if you cant stop that little busy mind.
3. Set your mind free to be exactly as it is. Stop trying to control the mind, instead embrace and accept the natural thinking mechanism of the mind. Let go of your need to do it perfect and simply take a deep breath and sigh it out. Let go of all your preconceived ideas and perfect outcomes. Let the mind wander if it must, remembering not to get lost in the thoughts and stories - but to just simply observe. Use your breath to soften the mind and come back to the present moment.
4. Come back to the practice and present moment. Bring your attention to your own breath and the words of the guided meditation.
Most importantly,when meditating be kind to yourself. Start gentle by just sitting a little each day. Most importantly drop any ideas you have on "how it should be" and just go with "what it is" - whatever that may be for you.
Read my article on the healing power of mindful breathing and discover how amazing it is for your overall well-being and learn the how-to's behind this simple yet life-changing practice.
Read my beginners how-to guide to meditation which also includes a comprehensive section on all the reasons why meditation is good for you.
Join me for a healing yoga and wellness retreat. I run regular retreats in The Snowy Mountains Australia and from time to time other various destinations. Check out my upcoming retreats over at theomcollective.org
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