What is meditating and why would you do it ?
There are many different ways to meditate but to me it's simply a technique to clear my head. Most of us take good care of our body (healthy food, exercise, beauty products etc.) but what do we do to take care of our mental health and everything that goes on inside our mind? When did you last empty your head? Exactly! We live in a world that continuously pushes us forward, always busy, never enough, wanting more, doing more! No wonder so many people head straight into a burn-out! Allow yourself to "switch off" once in a while! You won't regret it!
How do you start?
When meditating for the first time, better keep it short. Start gradually with 2 minutes, then 5, then 7, 10, etc. You will notice that some days it feels quite easy, others harder. This is normal! It's just a matter of accepting the way it goes, sometimes good, sometimes less good. I will give you some hints to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
1. Find a place in your daily routine where this exercise easily fits. Research shows it's easier to create a new habit when we do it each day at the same time. I recommend doing it first thing in the morning. However you might be flexible with that. Set your alarm clock 10min beforehand! It's worth it!
2. Find a place where you won't be disturbed. Don't worry about background noises. I'll teach you to deal with that. But it might be easier at first, if you have some peace and quiet.
3. Make sure you are sitting comfortably before you start. I recommend a chair, unless you are used to sit cross-legged on the floor. Avoid staying in bed, there's a big chance you will fall back to sleep. Sit at ease with your legs and arms uncrossed. Feet flat on the floor. Hands resting on your lab or on your legs. Try to keep your back straight but not too tense. Should you require back support, use a cushion or rolled up towel. It will help you keep straight.
That's it! You are now ready to meditate!