Me & Mindfulness Meditation

24 May 2022

Never been able to sit still for 5 minutes never mind sitting still and meditating?

I first started practicing meditation and regular breathwork exercises in March 2020 when we had the first lockdown. I had just made a big decision to leave the job that I had been doing for 21 years and go it alone, still working in the fitness industry, when lockdown hit us. 

Like many people this had a huge impact on me, mainly on the way it made me feel, I felt stressed, I couldn’t sleep, my energy levels were low and my focus was zero. I knew I needed to refocus and rebalance.

I started practicing meditation and breathing techniques for a few minutes in the morning then gradually worked up to 10/20 minutes depending on my time. 

It gave me a sense of inner peace.

I now meditate outdoors, in the garden, as this has always been my happy place, so I feel this just gives me added health benefits. It gives me a greater feeling of revitalisation, more enjoyment, and a greater intent to want to do it again. 

The benefits of meditation 

  • Gaining a new perspective on stressful situations
  • Building skills to manage your stress
  • Increasing self-awareness
  • Focusing on the present
  • Reducing negative emotions
  • Increasing imagination and creativity
  • Increasing patience and tolerance
  • Improving sleep quality

My advice:

  1. Meditate first thing in the morning. Sit in a comfortable position, set a timer for 5-20 minutes and take a few deep breaths. Release and notice how each breath feels different and how parts of your body move on the breathe.
  2. Walking meditation, set your timer for 5-20minutes and as you walk, bring your focus into your body, the muscles in your legs your arms, shoulders your facial muscles feel every breath and release any tension.
  3. Observe your breathing and feel the air flow in and out steady and controlled. 
  4. Try to breathe in and out through your nose. 
  5. Inhale a deep breath into your lungs, check by putting your fingers around your lower ribs, feel it expand ( lateral breathing pilates ) then feel your ribs expand, and thirdly feel how your chest rises in the last part of the inhale.
  6. Pause and then exhale reversing the process now firstly chest, ribs then the tummy. 

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