Developing a meditation practice takes time. Practicing in a group is a supportive way to get started. I lead meditations using a variety of techniques that will help initiate you into a regular routine. Meditation helps quieten the mind, relax the nervous system and which leads to making healthier choices.
Setting aside time for formal meditation is an important way to establish a routine and get comfortable with the practice. Even just a few minutes a day can make a big difference.
New habits take time to build and maintain. I suggest even starting to sit for 3 minutes a day, just to be still, breathe and feel into your body and your mind. What are the things that come to you during this time?
Meditation is not about trying to empty your mind, instead, the practice involves paying close attention to the present moment – especially our own thoughts, emotions and sensations – whatever it is that’s happening.
Though meditating on your own is an essential part of a complete practice, the steady guidance of an experienced teacher can be invaluable, especially as you’re getting started. Our minds wander so easily, and the clear instructions of a teacher can help bring us back to the present moment.
I like to teach a variety of meditations – it does not always have to be quiet and still. Walking, running, dare I say it, driving, can all be meditative practices. I enjoy interactive meditations with movement and chanting.
I encourage you to try as many as possible and find what works for you.