Intimidated by meditation? Let me help you get started.
Meditation and mindfulness can really shift your perspective, helping you feel less scattered and more focussed. Less stressed and more in touch with the joy of being alive. More inspired and less flat. A lot happier and much less worried.
Originating in the East, the benefits of meditation are now being scientifically proven by neuroscientists in some of the leading academic communities with fresh cutting edge research being published each month.
There are many approaches to meditation available today. You can use mantras, poetry, art, nature, excercises in focussing, breath work and imaginative guided meditations to name just a few. Nearly all of which work by offering you a way of focussing your mind and paying better attention to what's happening now. Something meditators refer to as being more present!
Meditation changes its purpose inline with the intention of the meditator. For example, in the sports world, some people swim to get in shape others to make friends, some to relax and others to win competitions. Many people get into meditation primarily for the wellbeing benefits, but stay for the pathway to self discovery that meditation paves.
Just five minutes of meditation, several times a week is almost certain you bring positive changes. The more you practice, the easier it becomes and the more you want to do it.
Basic Beginners 3-Step Meditation
- Focus: Close your eyes and take ten natural breaths, using your nose if possible. Keep your mind focussed on your breath for those ten breaths. Each time your mind wanders just bring it back. You may even find that you can be aware of a variety of other kinds of mental activity going on while you focus on the out-breaths, and that’s ok too, you don’t need to push anything away, just smile and bring your attention back to your breath again.
- Awareness: Now let your attention range freely again, not focusing on anything in particular but just aware of whatever it is you become aware of as sounds, smells, feelings, and thoughts come and go. Rest in this space for a moment
- Being: Keep your eyes closed a moment longer, and move your attention from the outside world to your own inner presence. Be interested! What’s happening within you, with a little viewing, is fascinating.
Subscribe to my Youtube channel for guided meditations, and bookmark my blog here at Emma Mills London for lots of meditation and mindfulness inspiration. If you're looking for a more structured approach, I would recommend my books, audio programmes and my online class. All of which are detailed below.
Your Emma Mills London meditation starter pack
1. Read 'Inhale. Exhale. Repeat'
Read my meditation guide book 'Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.' It's a down-to-earth handbook for anyone who needs a little help finding calm. It's easy to dip into and jam packed with practical tips and tricks to work into your daily routine, from morning coffee and commuting to bed time. A life-affirming, powerful read.
2. Download one of my meditation programmes
I've had fantastic feedback from people who've bought my meditation audio programmes. There are three to choose from, Relax, Energy and Sleep.
'Relax', the most popular programme, teaches you 5 guided meditations drawing on breath work, awareness based explorations, guided imagery and mindfulness. The meditations range in length from 2 minutes to 15 minutes, so you can listen to one at a time according to your schedule or play the entire album (50 minutes).
Download to your computer, smart phone or tablet and practice one meditation a day for a week as a nice starting out point.
3. Attend a live meditation class online at Emma Mills London
If you can't get to a group at the moment, online classes are a great alternative. Learning meditation with a dedicated teacher will speed up your learning curve. You'll get time-saving learning tricks, and get advice specifically suited to you and your life.
4. Join the Wellness Edit newsletter
Sign up for 'The Wellness Edit', my free fortnightly newsletter where I get to share all of my latest meditations, ideas, poems and wellness advice.