Meditating is simply quieting your busy chatty mind. Commit to meditating 5-10 minutes a day. It's better to meditate for 5-10 minutes daily rather than 60 minutes once a week.
Make anything a meditation by completely focusing on it and engaging all of your senses. Smell the different garden or kitchen scents. Feel the music pulsating in your body. Listen to the tree leaves rustle or the appliances hum.
Experiment with different locations and activities: Sitting at your desk or in a bathtub. While cooking, gardening, dancing. Washing the dishes or the car.
Take three deep breaths and clear your thoughts. Follow your breath as it moves in and out of your body. Feel the rhythm of your heartbeat.
Place your attention inside the very center of your body.
As thoughts drift into your mind, gently sweep them away like clouds. Feel the peaceful stillness and quiet within.
Think of something or someone in your life for which you are grateful.
Imagine inhaling a healing golden or pink light throughout your entire body and exhaling your anxieties out.
Create a safe place within your mind you can always return to, i.e. sitting by a waterfall or fireplace, walking a beach. Add details of smells and sounds.
End your meditation by 'grounding,' i.e. imagine your legs growing like roots into the earth.
It was a successful mediation no matter how briefly you quieted your mind.
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