Hello! My name is Akansha Agrawal and I am a marketing coach for wellness brands at Citrus & Gold. I’m so excited to pop into the Mala Prayer blog and share a few tips about meditation. As an Indian-American, I grew up seeing my parents and grandparents meditate on a regular basis but it took me a while to integrate it into my lifestyle. Why may you ask?
Meditation sounded intense, serious, and even a little intimidating. For a while, I thought there was only ONE proper way to meditate, that was, sitting crossed-legged on the floor in silence for at least 20 minutes. I felt like guided meditation with an app was “cheating”.
Luckily I had the wake-up call that there’s no such thing as cheating as meditation! All it has to do is work for you. You don’t have to be an expert yogi, a guru, or a spiritual being to integrate meditation into your lifestyle.
So perhaps you’ve recognized the benefits of this practice but still cannot commit. If that is the case then don’t worry, I’ve got some tips for you. Here are a few ways to make meditation more approachable:
- Download the app Headspace: It took me a while to get used to Headspace but this app has made meditation much more approachable and fun. I actually love the feeling of completing a series and moving onto the next and love how they offer different guided series for sleep, anxiety, and more. You can try it for free before committing to the subscription.
- Choose a time of day: Meditation becomes easier if you commit to the same time every day. Personally I’ve been working on establishing a morning routine and I’ve added 10 minutes of meditation into the mix. It’s easier when it’s part of a routine you don’t have to think about!
- Find your favorite spot and “tools” Choose an area in your home that isn’t associated with chaos or stress. Find a comfortable pillow or yoga and create your own meditation corner. Maybe start a collection of essential oils, wear your Mala Prayer beads and surround yourself with crystals to set the tone :)
At the end of the day, meditation is a simple tool that helps you notice your thoughts, calm your mind and stay present. A few minutes can make a huge difference when it comes to coping with stress or anxiety.
So feel free to meditate sitting on your bed, lying on the floor or going to the your local meditation studio. Your meditation time is simply time for you to be you.