One of my personal goals this year was to increase and be consistent with my meditation practice.
I've been meditating on and off for a few years now, and whenever I do, I notice the difference: my mind is clearer; my ability to focus is noticeably better and I feel calmer - read: it’s a great way to reduce my anxious tendencies!
Did you know that you can actually use meditation as a way to improve your productivity and focus?
There are are whole host of reasons why you should meditate, but I think the most significant is using it as a tool to help clear your mind and give it the space it needs to think, breathe, be creative and ultimately thrive.
Here's why you should consider adding it to your daily routine:
1. Improved productivity + focus
Meditation is all about being able to focus your mind + putting you back in control. By training your mind to not to wander and focus on the present moment, you'll soon start seeing this filtering into other areas of your life. With more focused attention you're able to spend more time being productive - win!
2. Increased self-awareness
Being able to tune into your intuition and inner voice is powerful and meditation creates the space for this. I know I can get caught up in my own head at times and find meditation really helpful for ‘clearing the mental clutter’ so to speak.
3. Reduced stress
By allowing your body and mind to unwind our stress hormone levels are decreased and means we can manage and recover from stressful situations much easier.
I’ve been going weekly meditation class I learned a lot of great tools and techniques to enhance my meditation practice, which is now part of my regular morning routine.
I started out with 5 minute meditations, but am now up to 10 minutes each morning. The difference it makes is noticeable and when I skip a day I can tell!
The great thing about meditation is that it’s a mindfulness tool available to everyone and you can do from anywhere. Even if you think you can’t meditate, you can - it is simply about letting yourself just be - not trying to be something you’re not or let your mind wander somewhere else.
The benefits of meditation have been widely documented, and I find it fascinating to note that all of the top successful entrepreneurs including Tony Robbins, Tim Ferris, Pat Flynn - all swear by it.
There are loads of great apps and resources available to start meditating straight away.
Here are some of my favourites I highly recommend + use all the time:
The lovely Tahlee is the genius behind Sonessence and has created beautiful meditation music based on the concept of meditones, which are designed to stimulate relaxed neural activity. They are super powerful + leave you in a state of pure bliss + are like nothing you’ve heard before. In a word: they are magic.
I’m a big fan of Connie’s work + blog and she has created a gorgeous series of 8 meditations for inner transformation that focus on a few different areas including embracing your emotions; manifesting your desires and opening your heart. Check out the samples here.
This great little app has loads of different guided meditations and is brilliant if you’re just starting out. There are meditations specifically dedicated to different scenarios like waking up, going to sleep, starting your day with intention and dealing with emotions like anxiety and stress. What I love about the app is that you can choose to do a quick 5 minute mediation or a longer one depending on how much time you have.
Deepak Chopra regularly runs 21 day meditation challenges - I’ve done one before and loved it. They are all available on his site to download, but again if you’re just starting out and want to get good at committing to a regular practice this is a great way to start out.
Do you have a meditation practice? What are your favourite apps and tools you use?