Create a Sacred Space
Whether it is on your yoga mat, on your bed, or in nature...create a sacred space where you feel calm and connected to the world around you. Bring your favorite things with you...crystals, books and my mala are a few of my practice essentials. I am such a lover of blankets and pillows and all things cuddly that one of my favorite things to do is set up a cozy corner in my yoga studio and spend the morning here. If you are somewhere that you can't make shift a mini studio space...create a sacred environment within your own mind and with your monologue. Imagine the area around you shining with protective white light and the energy around you being cleansed. Anywhere you go becomes a part of the sacred path with the right intention.
Invite the Elements
Earth, wind, water and fire. Within each of us are these energies. Most of us feel more deeply connected to one than the others...for me it is FIRE ( how very Leo!) If I can't be outside in the sunshine you can count on finding me in the light of a window pane. My cat and I have this in common...there is something so soothing about feeling the warm sun pouring into our home and soaking up the bright vibes. If yours is water, mediate by any body of water and feel the connected flow between you and the river, lake, or ocean. If you can't make your way out to these places, consider adding a little fountain or water feature to your studio. Or! Create your own by filling a bowl with water and placing tea light candles to float as your practice. If your element is Earth, focus on the ground beneath you...perhaps practice outside without your mat. Feel the energy of the Earth within you. If your element is air....try lighting incense or practicing outside in the fresh air!
Choose a Mantra
Mantra meditation is a great way to calm and quiet the mind. Our thoughts are so incredibly powerful...become aware of what comes in and out of your mind for it often becomes your reality.
Here are a few of my favorite mantras;
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts,
words and actions of my own life contribute in some way to
that happiness and to that freedom for all
Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung
Sa- Impersonal Infinity
Sa Say - Totality of Infinity
So- Personal sense of merger and identity
Hung- The infinite, vibrating and real
Peace within, with each other, universally
I am that I am.
The Universe exists within me,
as much as I exist within the Universe.
Om Shanti Om
Peace to all things in this cosmic manifestation.
Especially if you're new to meditation, don't expect to sit down, transcend and open your eyes hours later enlightened. Meditation is the practice of re-wiring the brain to be more aligned with the divine. Even becoming aware of your breath and thoughts for a minute at a time is a great start. Set up a timer and do 1 minute meditations. Then 5 minutes. Increase at your own rate. If you need a break to stretch, read, or get a drink...do so and then return to meditation. This is a powerful practice that takes time.
Even if it is in the first 10 minutes you wake up or the last half hour before falling asleep...make time to meditate every single day. The more you focus on awareness and gratitude...the more in tune you become with your higher self. This is not just an activity...it is a way of life.
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