A regular meditation practice supports us to ‘wake-up’ more often – crossing the threshold of our self-fidelity practice.
Meditation, simply put, is the deliberate training of attention through direct observation of one’s mind. The goal of our meditation practice is not to become a great meditator. Rather, the goal of our meditation practice is to become better at tapping into the feelings of awareness, clarity and freedom that we experience through meditation in the moments that matter in our everyday lives. A regular meditation practice also supports us to more frequently remember that we are not our thoughts.
Meditation also supports us to harmonise our body, mind and breath and supports us to let go of tension in our bodies. A common misconception about meditation is that it is about stopping our thoughts. I have met a lot of people who have tried meditation but have unfortunately decided that it was not for them. Often, they have given up because of a false belief that if they still have thoughts while meditating, they are not doing it properly. This is not the case.
The busier our minds, the more essential and helpful our meditation practice becomes.
Not sure where to start?
Here are a few of my favourite meditations.
Have a play with them to see which one works best for you. All these meditations will support your practice of cognitive diffusion – learning to becoming the ‘observer’ of your mind.
There are over 60,000 guided meditations available on Insight Timer, and Insight Timer that is only one of many free mediation platforms available. So, if none of these meditations work for you – please keep trying! In the wise words of Jack Kornfield “In training the mind, or the puppy, we have to start over and over again”
Untangle from challenging thoughts with Melli Obrien (12 mins)
A meditation to help you cultivate calm, steady awareness when you have those challenging thoughts.
Mindfulness Mediation by Ram Dass (18 mins)
This is a really calming meditation that can help us learn to be with ‘what is’.
Self-Compassion Meditation with Kirsten Neff (20 mins)
A variant on the classic Loving-Kindness Meditation that’s tailored specifically to cultivate self-compassion.
A Pause For Presence by Tara Brach (12 mins)
This guided meditation invites us to create “sacred pause” in daily life, as a way to cope with difficult situations.
Morning Ritual by Jason McGrice (10 mins)
This meditation is a GREAT way to start a working day.
Learning to Surrender by Sarah Blondin (8 mins)
This meditation helps us tolet go of our worries and fears. It reminds us that we are supported and that life is unfolding just as it should.
Loving and Listening to yourself by Sarah Blondin (13 mins)
This powerful meditation supports us to listen to our inner wisdom and to learn how to treat ourselves with love and compassion. This is one of my favourites.