Meditation can be challenging for a lot of people, it usually can take up to 20minutes for your mind to stop inviting in mindless thoughts like if you washed your bowl up from breakfast or what time you started your meditation or what was that noise you think you heard outside. Try to simplify down your meditation practice and choose a time that fits into your daily routines. A great starting place is while you are brushing your teeth, sounds odd I know but if you truly think about it, what do you do while you brush your teeth? A lot of the time I would wander around, put something away, pick my husband's clothes off the floor and when I was suggested to use this time to stop and take a moment I was confused. Take a moment while brushing my teeth? Until I really tried to actually not move while brushing my teeth and use it as a still moment.
Obviously, breathing is a necessity, an action which usually occurs without much thought. When you're anxious or stressed you tend to breath heavier, quicker and shorter breaths. The next time you are feeling overwhelmed try this simple breathing exercise.
1. Find a comfortable position, standing, sitting or laying.
2. Gently rest your eyes.
3. Inhale and exhale to begin.
4. On your next breath in, deeply inhale to a count of four.
5. Hold air in your lungs for a count of four.
6. Exhale for a count of four.
7. Hold your lungs empty for a count of four.
8. Repeat 5-10 times - however many you are comfortable with.
If you are struggling to find quiet time, use this as a nighttime ritual before you go to bed. It will help you both mentally and physically to relax. We have placed our favourite essential oils and blends below which can enhance these simple techniques.