So, you've realised that your days are busy, you are pulled from pillar to post and you don't have 5 minutes for yourself. You know that life should have more rewards for you personally and that it is time to take back some of your 24 hours for yourself....Hands up if this is you!
This is where your daily self-care ritual is critical to maintaining peace and calm in your day. Meditation is 'the practice of using techniques such as mindfulness, or breath-work to train your attention and awareness to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state'. There are hypnotic meditations, guided meditations and a whole lot more. But it doesn't really matter which technique you use, it's about the end state. The emotionally calm and stable spirit you want at the end. It provides you the opportunity to self-heal on a physical, mental and spiritual level. And the more you do it, the better the return on the effort.
There's a lovely metaphor about the Gods safely hiding the secrets of life. They wondered where best to hide this secret so it would be safe. Was it the highest mountain or the deepest sea? They then realised that the one place it could be stored is within each human as they will only ever look outside of themselves.
And here we are…
There's a big difference between what we do want and knowing what we want.
"He who looks outside, dreams; he who looks within, awakens" - Carl Jung
And with that I remind you that meditation turns your attention inward!
Meditation will help you to tune into your waking life in a way that you never thought you could. Your consciousness will expand and you will be able to tap into a universal energy that will assist you in healing yourself and your life. This is a priceless gift that only you can give yourself.
Here's how I have brought it into my self-care routine.
Habit - Make it part of your day. It's just as much self-care as it is to brush your teeth or eat a meal. To do this effectively, attach it to a current habit. There is plenty of research that proves that attaching it to a current habit will help to create the new behaviour. You wake up, you meditate in bed, you get up and so the day begins.... something like that.
Preparation - Be prepared the night before with your meditation chosen, your headphones beside the bed and set the alarm 15 minutes before you normally get up. This is the key - make it easy to do. Think of it this way, you make meal plans for the week, your clean clothes for the week, make a list of your meditations for the week. Schedule it in if that is easier. When it is unscheduled, it is too easy to get lost in the minutae of the day.
Create a calm space. Tell the family - I'm busy for the next 15 minutes. Light a candle, grab a crystal, grab a prayer book. Then turn off the phone and dedicate the 15 minutes to channelling wtihin.
Personalise - Find a type of meditation that works for you. We are all individuals, what works for me isn't necessarily your thing. And that is OK! Wouldn't it be crazy if we had a world full of identical people? Life would be so predictable and tiring. There are plenty of people who teach and share how to and different types. Have some fun researching something that resonates with you. https://www.fionadjapouras.com/meditations Here's my meditations that I have recorded. Give them a go. I make them shortish so you can weave them into your existing life. Some days, we only have 10 minutes - let's make those 10 minutes for us!
Journal - Write down some of the key thoughts, learnings, insights that you get during meditation. These will help you to see connections and lessons that you innately know but aren't seeing in all the busyness of the day. Reflect back on this and enjoy the journey.
You are a powerful creator and meditating helps you to remain on the path that you are destined.
This is an area that I work in as a Integrative Mindset Coach and Spiritual healer. If you want to know more, please contact me and we can chat. No obligation - we will see if we suit each other.
Enjoy the day and namaste!