Meditation has been an important part in my path towards healing from Hashimotos.
The road to good health is never a one sided story but a multi-faceted one. Afterall we are unique individually and having a cookie cutter approach to healing doesn’t work always. We tend to think that if we eat healthy and exercise everyday then sickness will fix itself. Unfortunately, for many it is not that simple. The one thing most people forget in their journey to good health is the well-being of their mind. Meditation helps in that regard. Meditation is nourishment for our minds, calms the constant chatter in our brain and brings back the clarity in our thoughts.
Starting a meditation practice can be daunting for some as there are many different meditation techniques out there, so where do we start? It is possible to do simple meditation at home and you will only need few minutes everyday to do that.
Making meditation part of my morning routine calms my monkey mind at the start of my day. Whatever the day brings I know my reaction to it will be a positive one rather than a negative reaction. If meditating in the evening works better for you then do that. Everyone has different biochemistry. What works for another may not for for you. That is ok. Do what works for you and keep at it.
Below is a simple and an easy method and only requires 10 minutes of your time.
The easiest meditation technique for beginners
- Find a peaceful spot in your home. Place a cushion on the floor of your chosen spot or if you prefer place a comfortable chair in your chosen spot.
- Turn of any bright lights and light some candles or choose a warm soft lighting as this will create a relaxing and calm ambiance for your meditation practice.
- Sit down on your cushion or your chair making sure your spine is straight and relaxed and you are in a comfortable position. No hunched backs and slouching here. Bad posture will make your meditation a bad experience as you will not be able to relax your body and in turn your mind.
- Close your eyes and let go of all your day’s worries.
- Start focusing on your breathe, slowing it down to a steady rhythm.
- Concentrate on the inhale and exhale your breath and as you do this relax all your muscles.
- Whenever you have a thought come to your mind just keep coming back to your breath and let that thought go
- Continue focusing on your slow and steady breathing.
- Do this for at least 5 mins a day or however long you feel comfortable with.
It does not matter if you can only meditate for 2 minutes initially. How long you meditate is not what counts, it is the everyday bit that counts. Doing the same thing everyday creates a habit. So when we start a daily practice which calms our minds and nourishes our souls we are creating a positive habit.
Positive habits always bring about positive changes in our lives and they create a positive attitude towards whatever life may throw at us. Positivity enables us to embrace what has happened or let it go instead and have the courage to move on.
Besides that having a positive attitude in life makes us happier people and happiness is what we are all striving for isn’t it?