5 Basics of Meditating

New to meditation? You’re not alone, they didn’t teach us this in school (though they should have). We’ve become a society of hi-tech, efficient busy-bodies who feel guilty when we give into lazy days; we tend to have a specific perspective of what it means to be productive. Selfcare should be at the top of your to-do list. As the compassionate being that you naturally are, you’re likely putting your loved one’s and community’s needs ahead of your own, however flight attendants have taught us that serving yourself first is a better benefit to those around you for you to then help.

Below are 5 basics to get you started

1Environment: Your space should be quiet, comfortable, & secure.

(Use earplugs if you live in the city)

2Time: Set aside 5-30 minutes to settle in. After a few times you’ll find a groove that works for you.

(Set a phone alarm and keep your mind free from time-keeping)

3Body: Sit, lie, or stand with your spine, neck, and head all aligned.

(Sit on floor with legs crossed or in a chair with feet flat on the floor, palms face up on lap; or lay down on your back with palms up; or stand with feet hips width apart, knees slightly bent, arms extended forward with elbows slightly bent, palms facing each other)

4Eyes: close your eyes gently as if to fall asleep

(focus your vision upwards then allow your eyes to naturally relax)

5Breath: 3 deep breaths signal your nervous system to rest, return to regular breathing when ready.

(exhale open mouthed, stick your tongue out and sigh, think let-it-go)