Are you finding it hard to make a schedule or a designated time for your meditation practices if you’ve been out of it for a while? Lately, I have been putting it on the back burner because I’m so busy with my homework and school and that’s when I find a way to make that my excuse for not doing it. I’ve been in school for a few weeks now and it’s time that I get back into the swing of things! Here are my 5 tips that I like follow when I need to get myself back into meditation!
1. Think about it during the day.
If even for a few moments you can remind yourself to take a couple deep breaths, it feels good! I like to drive mindfully if I’m stressed (so that means no music or distractions), label my thoughts (to see if they are pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral), focus on my breathing, and when I’m outside walking around at school I always try to notice all of the colors and vibrancy in nature. This always helps me get going again.
2. Do a singing bowl sound meditation.
I love to do these for a few minutes outside in the morning or late afternoon when it’s not too hot out. I love the sound my bowl makes and listening all the way through each strike. They make very peaceful sounds that put me at ease! Also, if you don’t have a singing bowl, you can look up some meditations online with Tibetan bowls or singing bowls.
3. Listen to a guided meditation.
Find someone online who’s voice you resonate with. It’s very important that you do this because there’s a better chance you’ll take something away from it! There are so many out there that you will find a bunch that you’ll love! I like to search for body scan meditations, 30 minute meditations, or stress relief meditations if I need some extra help. My first mindfulness teacher suggested Bob Stahl, who I enjoy listening to as well.
4. Natural soundscapes.
There’s endless amounts of different soundscapes out there waiting for you to take a listen! Whether you look them up on YouTube, Spotify, Soundcloud, even on some television channels have an option for it (I have Comcast OnDemand). This is an amazing way for relaxing and clearing your brain. It also allows you to slip away into a place you imagine while listening. Visualization is a powerful thing!
I do a lot of walking being a college student. Walking from far spots in the parking lot, to classrooms on the other side of campus, back and forth, and doing it all over again everyday. Mindful walking is simple. All you have to do is focus on your walking really, really slowly! I like to chant to myself: “Lift, Swing, Plant” as I lift up each foot. If you’re outside, what do you notice? The colors, the texture of the ground, your pace? It is important to just keep your mind focused on the walking and the rest of your thoughts will slip away!
Do you ever get stuck and not practice for a while? Being busy shouldn’t be an excuse, but sometimes life happens and we all experience it at one point or another. It takes discipline, love, and desire to do it and everyone has it inside of them. Sometimes it just gets lost. It’s the journey that matters and it’s okay that it’s not a straightforward path because that would be too easy.
Do you have meditation tips? What helps you relax? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
I hope I have helped you learn something awesome today. Thank you so much for reading today’s post here at healthy&handmade! Always remember to think positive and love yourself!