We both know that there are many things in life that we have little to no control of. The Universe is in charge of those ones. But what we do have control of is our own state of mind and our incredible ability to change this, in any given moment. Humans are unique in that we know that we are thinking. We think about thinking. Which can be utterly draining, exhausting and downright dangerous. Enter....meditation.
Meditation is the BEST way to heal and overcome our sorrows, grief, anxieties, fears, worries and so much more. The list goes on. It allows it us to transcend the bullshit of the every day and focus on the important stuff.
For me, meditation is something I learnt about 4 years ago and have turned to time and time again when I need to ground myself and heal. Holistically. I turn away from as many prescriptive drugs as I can these days, meditation is my drug. And it's a super one at that.
Meditation is considered and has been proven time and time again to be one of the most effective ways to -
Manage and reduce your stress levels
Increase your happiness levels
Decrease depression and anxiety
Target and reduce inflammation at a cellular level
Level-up your immune function
Increase your brainpower and grey matter (yep, really!)
Improve your memory and productivity
Gain clarity and focus
By incorporating meditation into your daily routine, you begin to understand the patterns and habits of your own mind. And - with time, this ritual creates abilities within you to cultivate new and more positive ways of simply being. Being authentically you, because you know yourself inside and out.
When I first began meditating, my biggest concern was "am I even doing this right?"
But there is no wrong and right way to meditate. And truth be told? Your mind will wander. Even after years of practice, it may still wander and that is okay. It's natural. Your thoughts will distract you, the washing, those emails, that date, but over time you will begin to filter these out. Meditation is a practice. Even the most experienced of meditators still have to practice.
Just gently acknowledge these distractions and let them float away like a whisp of cloud, bringing your attention back to the moment and focusing on one thing - be it your breath, a word, a mantra, a candle flame. Again - it's a practice - bringing your mind back to your one thing each time it drifts away. And as you do this over and over again, you'll begin to enter a deeply relaxed state.
Did you know that 20 minutes meditation is equal to 4 hours sleep?
Seriously, practice meditation. You'll be surprised at how soon you manage to enter that highly relaxed and focused state - for me, it's usually around about 8 minutes in - by which I then stay in that state for another 12 minutes.
There are many ways to meditate, but one of the best to begin with is through guided meditations.
I've created a series of 10 (yep, 10 baby!) guided meditations to help you on your journey. Guided meditations were my first foray into the medi world and something I come back to time and time again.
Each of the nine tracks focuses on a specific need and is backed by soothing tracks to help you remain in the moment and focused on your recharging and relaxing. I created these with so much love and focused on what frankly, I needed! And I trust you do too. We all do, right?
The 10 meditations are -
Find them below.
Love and light, Coco x