Pure Thoughts - The Power of Meditation
Words and photography by Leanna Doolan, co-founder of Pure Thoughts; a mindfully created collection of meditation candles and natural skincare.
Creating a quiet moment to practice is usually the biggest challenge that most of us face. My advice is to start small and build slowly. Look for a natural pause in the day or retire to bed a little earlier than usual and sit for a while to help calm your mind. I started my practice with only two minutes a day and let’s be honest, we can all find that. As the owner of a very active mind, I’m positive that if I can do it, then you can too.
Here are my 5 tips to help you on your meditation path.
Begin- Getting started is the biggest step. Don’t overthink it or create excuses about why you don’t really have the time, we can all find two minutes, right?
Routine- Make it part of the family routine. Not only will this make it more likely that you’ll practice regularly but it also helps your family to support you on your path.
Ritual- It’s not essential, but I like to have a ritual around my practice. It can be anything that’s meaningful to you. Try lighting a relaxing candle or perhaps have a comforting blanket or cushion that you use only during meditation.
Simplicity- Focus on your breath moving in and out of your body. On the in breath fill your lungs and stomach with air and then expel it fully on the out breath. Doing this even for a couple of minutes can have the most calming effect.
Imperfection- At first your mind will rush to fill the empty space with thoughts, it has been doing it for years and so be patient. See those thoughts as clouds and let them pass by without engaging with them. There is no right way to practice, simply enjoy the process and let the results come in their own time.