I have shared my love for meditation in some past posts, but as we get deeper into 2017 I thought I would share some of the actual practices I have picked up along the way. Meditation is great for helping curb anxiety and relaxing your body and mind. I use it when I am feeling stressed out or just want to shift my focus on something. I used to approach meditating as a daunting task that I wouldn’t be able to complete, but as I got more into it, it has become part of my daily routine that I look forward to.
The other big thing I have learned is that not all meditations have to be the same. I am hardly about to move to an ashram in India, but implanting daily meditations no matter how big or small have helped me out a lot. I prefer guided meditations as I am still very new to the whole process and it really helps me stay on track and not get distracted. There are also some great books out there with everything from simple Buddhist mantras to put things in perspective, to hour long meditation practices.
Meditation Apps I Use (and love)
Insight Timer: This is my new favorite meditation app. They have a great selection of guided meditations, which change all the time so you never get bored. They offer also group meditations, like 365 days together where they publish a new mediation everyday and you can see the other people listening. If guided mediation isn’t your thing, they have pre made music playlists where you can just sit and get lost in the music. I use this app just about every morning even if it is just a five minute meditation to stop and calm myself before I begin my work day.
Mindfulness: I like mindfulness for quick guided meditations that help me just focus on breathing. This is one I like to use when I am on a morning walk or when I first wake up. You can select timed meditations and go as short as three minutes, which seems like it wouldn’t even be effective, but helps just to stop what you’re doing and pay attention to just that.
Headspace: This is another great free app, but unfortunately you have to pay for most of their good features. You can do a 30 day free trial and then it is $12.99 a month. I like that they break everything into categories like relationships, patience, appreciation, etc. This helps specify some of your mediations instead of just tackling a broad subject like anxiety.
Meditation Books I love