Start meditating – now!
It only takes a few minutes a day – and the benefits are endless. By Bonnie Vaughan.
o you think of meditation as something deeply spiritual practised in a serene space and in the lotus position? While it can be that, it doesn’t have to be. Meditation can be something you do when you’re washing the dishes or walking the dog. You can spend an hour doing it, or just five minutes. It can be as simple as sitting down and taking a few deep breaths.
According to the experts, meditation really just comes down to the practice of being mindful – and that simply means paying attention to what you’re doing and using all your senses. You might focus on the rhythm of your breaths, the feeling of your feet on the ground, the sound of the wind in the trees, the sensation of the air on your skin, or the beauty of the clouds in the sky.
Meditation is not about emptying your mind of all thought, but accepting that thoughts will come your way and, without judging or dwelling on them, letting them go and coming back to the present moment.
To do that again and again for any set amount of time is all it takes to meditate.