MOTIVATION: meditation for rookies.
I’m a total newbie when it comes to meditation. And as a New York busybody I can SO relate to the notes below about feeling that you’ve accomplished more the more you run around attempting to accomplish. But even though we love nothing more than checking things off a list, do we actually get MORE out of sitting still for a few moments? Apparently so… Read more on the topic below.
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EXCERPTS from Finding inner space: meditation & yoga Meditation combined with yoga can heal, awaken, and inspire you. Our ambassador Ingrid Yang from our La Jolla store writes about adding meditation to your yoga practice and tips on how to begin.
how to start meditating
- Commit yourself to 5 minutes a day for a week, adding on 5 minutes per week until you reach 20.
- Be patient with yourself. No one is able to run a marathon without training, and your brain is the most difficult part of your body to train.
- Start by sitting up straight.
- Some people like to have an icon to focus upon, with eyes closed or slightly open. Choose what works for you.
- Find a comfortable seat.
- While practicing, own it and commit to it.
- Fight the urge to get off your cushion or mat to check your phone or jot down ideas.
outward vs inward benefits
The outward benefits of yoga seem almost too obvious when we begin to practice: strength, focus, peace of mind, balance. If you’ve practiced, you’ve felt it too. But what about the inner benefits? The more you practice, the more you begin to discover other unexpected and invaluable benefits: such as the way in which we relate to ourselves.
The term that my meditation teacher uses is “making friends with yourself”; the process of letting go of that voice inside that tells you that you have to be something different than what you are. You are already all that you need to be, and the ease that you build in a yoga practice will help you to realize just that.
meditation helps you achieve goals
In our modern lives, we are programmed to think that we will be happier if we do more and accomplish more. A meditation practice helps us achieve our goals by understanding that there is nothing we can do that will make us healthier or happier, than something we can pull from within ourselves.
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