The Mind/Body Connection

The Meditation Experience

Tips for Meditating

The Physical Experience

  • keep it simple
  • find a quiet space
  • use as many pillows and
    blankets you need
  • Remember: It is supposed to be a comfortable experience
  • Posture
    • Traditional Posture calls for sitting down on the floor or pillow. Think sitting with a long spine and shoulder blades draw back to “hug” the spine. Traditionally, legs can be crossed but you can allow them to stretch out in front of you or in any direction that is comfortable on your body.
    • If floor sitting postures do not suit your level of comfort, you can always lay down completely or do the same seated posture in a chair.
  • Close your eyes
  • Breathe in and breathe out
  • Challenge yourself to sit still for 15 minutes each time you meditate.

The Mental Experience

  • Set your intention. What do you wish to accomplish with meditation? Here are some examples below:
    • To find an ease of mind
    • To calm my thoughts
    • To accomplish all house tasks I have created
    • To find a space for patience and less stress
  • Important note: set your intention but do not focus on the how to accomplish your intention.
  • Meditation can go any direction
    • Evaluate your thoughts.. Be open to what naturally comes to mind. In seeing what comes to mind, you can choose to categorize your thoughts (envision putting your thoughts into boxes with labels. i.e. “family box”, “stress box”, “fun box”, “ideas box”).
    • Focused thinking
      • visualize a clear blue sky, a beach, a candle burning, or something of neutral energy. If your mind starts to wander, think to come back to the visualized image. Letting the wandering thoughts go.

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