Throughout this process of finding my spiritual path I’ve been wanting to get more into meditating. I had this idea that at least once a day I would set aside a half hour to sit quietly and empty my mind. Yeah right! My good intentions were there but my mind and body have not followed. I’ve been reading how great the benefits are of meditation. I’ve downloaded meditation music. I’ve even mapped out in my head how I can quiet my mind. Now all I have to do is get myself to sit down and do it. I think I’ve done it a handful of times in the last couple months. Most of those times my mind wanders to what I need to do that day, when will my little one wake up and disturb this peaceful state that I’m supposed to be in, and “what was that noise?” When I do realize that I have the time to sit down and meditate I come up with the excuse “I’m too tired.” Really? Too tired to sit down and close my eyes and not think?
Well, if you haven’t tried to meditate before it actually is a bit tiring trying to push every thought out of your mind. It does take practice and time. Eventually it does happen and before you know it 20 minutes passed and you haven’t thought of anything but the sound of your breath or perhaps the music on in the background. When that does happen the last thing you want to do is open your eyes and join the world again. The great thing is that once you get the hang of it and can accomplish this relaxing state you can’t wait to do it again. The beauty of it is that you can do it anywhere. It’s just about being disciplined enough to do it.
So I’m going to try again. This time my goal will not be every day but 4 times a week. I can do that…right?
Found this article from Pregnancy & Newborn to help me a bit:
Pregnancy can put a lot of stress on your mind and body, but it’s essential for you and your baby’s health that you find a way to relax a little. Meditation has been practiced for nearly three millennia for its power to relax and promote stress relief.
The purpose behind it is to calm your mind and relieve it from sensory overload, and because it’s so effective, meditation is an ideal way to keep your stress levels in check when you’re expecting.
Just some of the body benefits of regular meditation practice:
- Decreased heart rate
- Decreased blood pressure
- Decreased muscle tension
- Increased skin resistance
- Decreased blood lactate levels
This simple form of meditation should become a part of your daily routine—it’s excellent for triggering a relaxation response, a state of physiological homeostasis.
- Find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed.
- Sit silently in a comfortable upright position and close your eyes.
- Begin breathing slowly, focusing on your breath and then on each individual part of your body, releasing the tension in each as you go—start by relaxing your forehead and work your way down to your toes.
- Once your body is relaxed, choose a word or phrase that’s significant to you (or you can always use the old standby, “Ohm”), and while breathing slowly but naturally, focus on the word, repeating it silently to yourself as you exhale.
- As you’re doing this, assume a passive attitude. If other thoughts enter your mind, just re-focus on your breathing and mantra.
- Continue meditating for 10 to 20 minutes, and when you’re done, sit silently for 2 or 3 more minutes—first with your eyes closed, and then open—until you feel ready to stand up.
Through imagery and by visualizing yourself in a peaceful place, you can achieve a highly relaxing meditative state. Go on a “journey” when you first wake up in the morning and then once again later in the day.
- Sit upright in a comfortable position or lie on your back and take a few slow, deep, cleansing breaths.
- Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a relaxing place—many people find that a quiet beach or a meadow is an ideal mental destination.
- Visualize yourself lying in the sand and feel the warmth of the sun on your face.
- Imagine the sound of the waves crashing against the shore and the smell of salty sea air. Immerse yourself in your imaginary surroundings for 5 to 15 minutes.