Meditation for beginners by Blair Kalivati


So it’s the twenty-first century and I’m going to assume that by now you’ve heard of meditation.
But what actually is meditation?
And do you have to sit on a mountain top in a robe with a baby goat to meditate properly?
 
Luckily for all of us the answer is no because I don’t know about you but I don’t have either a mountain top or a baby goat handy.
Meditation is quite simply the art of turning inward.
Okay, before we go any further, I get it, I am in the trenches too. I have three little humans and I am up to my eyeballs in to do list and before we recognise meditation as a tool it can seem too hard, too time consuming and just another thing to add to the list.
All the reasons above are exactly why we need to be leaning into meditation.
Whilst meditation is known for the benefits to the brain it also has an abundance of other physical benefits such as:
  • reducing pain
  • lowering high blood pressure
  • strengthening your immune system
  • reducing your risk of disease
  • supports respiratory function; reducing conditions such as asthma
  • aids in skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
  • encourages weight loss
  • slows down your cellular aging process and so much more.
Not to mention it’s free and you can do it in your pyjamas!
Now before we get into how to actually meditate I wanted to mention something important because I know exactly what you’re thinking.
“I won’t be any good at it” 
“I won’t be able to do it properly”
 
Guess what, It doesn’t matter! Studies have shown that even ‘busy’ mediation sessions where the mind is unsettled still have ridiculous benefits! Not to mention setting aside five minutes a day to meditate is all you need!
So, without further ado, let’s meditate!
STEP ONE: Become still and close your eyes.
STEP TWO: Picture a balloon between your belly button and your spine. Focus on your breath as you make the balloon bigger and smaller.
If your thoughts wander simply return them to your balloon.
So now it’s up to you beautiful human; after all that you do and after all that you are you deserve five minutes of meditation. It’s been an absolute pleasure being a part of your journey and my parting words are one of my favourite quotes on meditation.
“In practicing meditation we’re not trying to live up to some kind of ideal - quite the opposite. We’re just being with our experience whatever it is.”
- Pema Chodron
 
Author: Blair Kalivati is a mama bear of three living in Rutherglen VIC, she is a holistic life coach specialising in coaching, workshops, recipe subscriptions and so much more. Please visit her BlairKalivati.com
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