Exploring Meditation as a Mindful Practice

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Last week we talked about building boundaries around your fitness goals. I hope you got something you can move forward with from that post.

This week, I wanted us to look at how we connect with our inner selves. Most people require silence and some form of spiritual practice for this, some don’t. I personally find shower time to be quite meditative and I get my best ideas usually after a long shower.

Do you spend time meditating? Do you have a dedicated space for this or a system that you use?

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Meditation for Beginners: A Path to Mindfulness

Taking the first step into meditation can feel intimidating, but everyone starts somewhere, so start and move forward each day. Keep on finding time to yourself, 5mins, 10mins…. Build up gradually.

Some people use this time to pray, some use it to listen to their inner guidance, some use it to get much needed perspective on life.

Meditation  is a useful practice for leaning into mindful daily efforts, it can improve your self awareness  and sometimes strengthen your convictions on what you already know.

Remember, there’s no ‘best’ or ‘right’ way, there is only your way. It’s about finding what works for you and your mental health.

I remember all the different forms of meditation I have had to do to find myself at that shower time. I used to wake up 30mins early, make a cup of tea and just sit quietly with a note pad to jot ideas.

One time, I started going to bed early to just benefit for alone time and silence. So do you and be flexible to with it.

The Power of Meditation for Mental Health

In a world that’s constantly on the move, finding moments of calm can be challenging. This is your chance to take a step in the right direction.

My hope is that you can harness your inner strength and find the source and stay connected to it in these moments.

Don’t wait until you are troubled, things can be too noisy in your head then. Build a daily or weekly habit that sets you up for a positive experience even when things go wrong.

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The Magic of  Meditation

In Eastern religions, people combine meditation  with postures and movements which are in keeping with the religion and culture. In many parts of the world meditation is being made popular as a cool thing to do. It is way more important that being cool.

What you focus on, grows, be mindful when you meditate, be careful what enters your ears, eyes and heart. Keep your practice of meditation pure.

If you are a Christian, like I am, meditate on the word of God, and the things that are likely to help you move closer to who God says you are.

You will benefit from setting aside this time in many ways, one of which is that it offers a unique way to process thoughts and feelings, leading to a better understanding of yourself and the world around you.

Overall you will see that you will experience  a reduction in  stress levels, lower blood pressure, and decrease heart rate, better quality decisions, better quality relationships too.

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Mindfulness for Insomnia: A Natural Sleep Aid

Insomnia is a common issue that can significantly impact mental health. Mindfulness for insomnia is a natural approach that can help. By learning to quiet the mind and focus on the present moment, individuals can create a more conducive environment for sleep.

Here are a few tips to get started:

1. Find a quiet space: Your practice area should be free from distractions. It can be indoors or outdoors – wherever you feel most comfortable.

2. Start with short sessions: Even a few minutes of meditation can make a difference. Gradually increase the duration as your comfort level grows.

3. Listen to your body: Even out your breathing and relax, have a drink nearby or even some snacks, notice what’s around you and what your body is feeling.

4. Stay consistent: Consistency is key when it comes to meditation.

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Embarking on this journey of mindfulness through  meditation is not just about reaching a destination – it’s about the journey itself. It’s about cultivating an awareness of the present moment, finding peace within, and realising that you have the tools within you to navigate life’s challenges.

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So, whether you’re battling insomnia, seeking relaxation, or looking for ways to improve your mental health, meditation can be a powerful ally on your journey. Remember, the best type of meditation for mental health is the one that you enjoy and can practise consistently.

Until next time, stay authentic,

Stay resilient, and continue to honour your needs.

Live wholeheartedly,

Amaka

2 Cor 3:2(MSG)
You yourselves are all the endorsement we need. Your very lives are a letter that anyone can read by just looking at you. Christ himself wrote it—not with ink, but with God’s living Spirit; not chiseled into stone, but carved into human lives—and we publish it.

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