Jen McCarty: Making Meditation a Daily Practice
I often talk to my brothers and sisters in our group ‘The Event is Happening’ about the importance of mediation and the power it can have on raising our consciousness to the 5th dimension. I liken the 5th dimension to being on a surf board – gliding effortlessly through the waves of the 3rd dimension – if you can stay on that surf board regardless of what the waves are throwing at you, then you are living a true 5D life – and meditation enables us to free our minds of those things that are sent to throw us off.
Meditation used to be shrouded in mystery, often associated with something only yogis, Buddhist monks or those with time on their hands could indulge in – this is not the case – and if I could recommend anything it would be that everyone – young and old make this part of their daily routine.
Meditation is true relaxation. It is a beautiful healing modality that can aid mental health, anxiety, and grounding and the best bit, you don’t need any fancy tools to do it – you can do it yourself at any time.
If you haven’t already guessed, I am a huge advocate of meditation – Once I have dropped my son off at school, I ensure that I carve out at least 10 minutes a day to sit and observe my breath. It is in that moment, that I stop and can really be in the present moment. It is an opportunity to release any thoughts that are not serving, an enabler to regulate breathing and time to really connect with your higher self.
The best thing about mediation is it can be done at any moment, anywhere, whether you are out walking, washing the dishes or sat crossed legged in a quiet place – learning to quiet your mind is incredibly powerful.
The benefits of meditation include, a calm mind, good concentration, better clarity, improved communication, relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind and body.
With meditation the physiology of your body undergoes a change and every cell of your being is filled with more prana (energy) through the breath. This results in joy and enthusiasm as the level of prana increases. Physically meditation has also been known to lower high blood pressure, decrease tension related pain – such as headaches, insomnia, increases serotonin improving moods and behaviour and boosts your energy levels.
When you partake in meditation your mind empties and cleanses and nourishes you from within, bringing a state of calm. With regular practice you will see a decrease in anxiety, your emotions stabilise, and you become more connected to your intuition.
For best results, try to get into the habit of stopping and meditating for around 10 – 15 minutes a day. For some the best time of the day is first thing – for others at the end of the day is a good time to observe what has happened, let go and enjoy a fitful night’s sleep. It really is unique to the individual.
Surroundings – the key thing is finding a spot where you won’t be disturbed. Maybe even the car or the bathroom! Just so it feels accessible to your daily life.
Find a comfortable position – feet flat on the floor if seated and leaning against a chair so you are fully supported – or lying down. If you can connect with the earth directly then that makes the experience even more grounding.
In practice – 60 seconds
- Take a deep breath in from the bottom of your lungs counting in for four.
- Hold for four.
- Release for four.
- Repeat this several times.
- All the while observing your breath as it comes in through your nose and leaves your mouth. Imagine you are breathing in positive thoughts and exhaling negative thoughts.
To truly experience the benefits of mediation regular practice is necessary. It can take only a few minutes each day. After the school run, on your commute, between meetings, after you wake up or before you go to bed. Once you get into the habit meditation can become the best part of your day.
You could even make an event of it by lighting a candle, burning some essential oils, wrapping yourself in a cosy blanket – so you can connect with all your senses.
It is like a seed – the more you cultivate the more it blooms. Busy people need the pause, it really is worth a few minutes daily.