Meditation Practice Week One
This blog is about a five-week journey into meditation. It is the first of five.
Each week there will be a new blog linked to the video for our practice. Or you can sign up to be sent an email with the video link and audio file. Below is more information about meditation and our upcoming practice.
Meditation comes in many styles and forms and may seem complicated. The meditation practice we will learn is simple and accessible anywhere you decide to practice. We will start with one minute, and over the next five weeks, add a minute until you have a daily five-minute practice.
If you want the email, please send me a note at 3DRenew@gmail.com
Let me know how you are doing and if you have any questions.
This week's practices are at:
Introduction to Meditation Five Week Practice: https://youtu.be/jtXCY0InUDs
Link to YouTube One Minute Meditation Video: https://youtu.be/-KukZ5Vcbr4Meditation is an investment in my well-being.
Giving yourself the time to meditate every day will help embed the benefits of meditation.
What are some of the benefits?
At the end of this note is an article that shares study results for 12 known health benefits from meditation.
Personally, my meditation practice has helped me to be kinder to myself, have better focus when trying to solve a problem or create a painting, and in general, decrease my stress. It even has erased some of the signs of aging etched on my face.
You don't have to practice in the morning; you choose the time. But for me, setting aside that first few minutes in the morning has been the easiest not to let other things steal away the time.
You can practice daily with the video or audio or set a timer and follow your breath coming in and out of your nose for one minute.
I use the Insight Timer app as my accountability partner because it is easy to set up for the meditation time you want and tracks how many days in a row you have meditated. Since I dedicated myself to not missing a day in the fall of 2020, I have reached 485 consecutive days and over 11 thousand minutes. I started with a minute a day, too.
Now find a place where you will be left alone for a few minutes. Get comfortable sitting on a chair, bed, couch, or floor. Whatever works best for you. You may want to put a pillow under your hips so they are slightly higher than your knees. But again, whatever is most comfortable. Once you are comfortable, turn on the audio or video for your guided practice.
Namaste (means the soul in me honors the soul in you). Have a great day.
Studies outlining the 12 benefits of meditation: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/12-benefits-of-meditation#The-bottom-line