Originally posted on MindBodyGreen
Meditation is one of the most powerful tools you can use to create a totally awesome life. Without a doubt, the benefits will show up in your relationships, career, and health. The biggest gift of a regular meditation practice is not just a feeling of peace and well-being in your day-to-day, but also an enhanced ability to cope with stress and anxiety.
Despite the incredible benefits, a regular meditation practice can be a tricky habit to get into — I know it was for me! I would start out with the best intentions to meditate every day, but before the week was even out, my attempts were often thwarted, along with healthy eating and regular exercise.
As a holistic health coach, I have seen so many of my clients struggle with the very same thing. So I’ve come up with some fun tricks to make daily meditation (pardon the pun) a no-brainer!
1. Create an altar.
Having a sacred space to meditate in makes all the difference. Set up a corner in your bedroom or elsewhere in the house with a comfy cushion and some special objects that have spiritual meaning to you — crystals, treasured jewellery or trinkets, flowers, pictures or photos, or mala beads are lovely examples.
Create a peaceful atmosphere with a candle, or buy some beautiful smelling incense to burn while you meditate. Your altar will serve as an inviting visual reminder to get your meditation on each day.
2. Make the goal to connect with yourself in mediation at least once a day but don't get caught up with how that needs to happen.
Don't start out with the intention to meditate for 30 minutes at a time — chances are you'll have fallen off the wagon in a matter of days as life gets in the way. Allow your meditation practice to be flexible!
Some days you'll feel like sitting for 30 minutes and others days you'll sleep in and have hardly any time. But rather than dropping your practice altogether on those days, just sit your butt down and take 20 deep breaths into your belly, focusing on how that feels in your body.
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PAULA SHAW, CADC, DCEP is an author, Energy Psychology specialist, therapist, speaker, Reiki Master and Grief Counselor. For more than 20 years, Paula has been passionate about empowering people who are dealing with profound loss, so they can reap something truly beautiful from their pain. She also helps clients who are going through major life transitions or seeking freedom from self-destructive addictions. She has degrees in Education and Communications from Long Beach State University, as well as graduate counseling credentials from Loyola Marymount University. She is one of the founding members of the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology and currently serves on its board of directors. Paula is the author of Chakras, the Magnificent Seven (2002), as well as "Grief...When Will This Pain Ever End?" Finding Your Way out of the Pit of Despair After Profound Loss.
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