This year, I made the intention to meditate every day, twice a day. I tried the traditional sitting in lotus pose in strict silence for a little while, but I realized it just wasn’t doing it for me. That masculine idea of meditation doesn’t flow well in my body.
So, I tried lying down. That helped. And then I started listening to mindful meditation podcasts. That’s when I really started to feel a shift. Maybe because I wasn’t so struck by obligatory silence.
There’s such a big change that happens in the body and mind when you take a few minutes to just breathe. You feel yourself relax: your muscles melt away from the bones, that tension behind your eyes and between your eyebrows releases, your jaw loses its rigidity.
I’ve always loved podcasts, and when I start listening to one, I have to listen to every single episode. My favourite podcast right now is Highest Self by Sahara Rose. It’s not a meditation podcast, but I highly recommend it.
If you’re looking to meditate, or have been trying for a while and just don’t think you’re doing it “right” (side note: there is no right or wrong way to meditate), maybe shake up the way you’re doing it.
I have friends who use cooking or even dancing as part of their practice. I first started meditating sitting by the ocean, watching the waves go by and seeing the salt spray up in the air. I live in Montreal now, so that’s not really a possibility.
In its essence, the practice of meditation isn’t about sitting still. It’s about being present, aware and having a clear, emotionally calm state of mind.
Here are some of my favourite meditation podcasts right now:
- Affirmation Pod by Josie Ong
- Meditation Oasis by Mary and Richard Maddux
- Meditation Peace: Guided Meditation by the Meditation Society of Australia
- Mindful Pause: Guided Meditations by Jeena Cho
- The Meditation Podcast by Jesse and Jeane Stern
- Guided Meditation Podcast by Lita Stone
- Do Yoga With Me: Guided meditations, visualizations and relaxations
Have you tried meditating? Do you listen to mindfulness podcasts when you do? Send your recommendations over!
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