I have tried meditation on and off over the years to help alleviate the anxiety, depression and insomnia that have plagued me almost on a daily basis as far back as early childhood. Each time I started feeling better, I would quit, even though I knew meditation would help me during the good times and the bad times.
After a few years of sporadic meditating, I have finally figured out an easy way for me to incorporate it in to my life on a daily basis.
Basically I can break down the process in to five easy steps:
1. Meditate first thing in the morning before you get out of bed and start your day. Do not look at social media or turn on the TV.
2. I pile a couple of pillows against my headboard and rest against them while sitting in a cross-legged position with my hands in my lap. The pillows enable me to sit comfortably without getting a back ache.
3. Start off by setting a timer for five minutes. I found meditating for five minutes to be excruciating when I first started; but with practice I was slowly able to meditate for longer periods of time. I now set my timer for 30 minutes. Some days I can make it the whole 30 minutes, some days 15 to 20. I never get frustrated if I can't make it the whole time. I have found that any amount of time spent meditating is productive.
4. It's almost impossible to clear my mind the entire time. When thoughts enter my mind, I gently push them out without judgment. Some days are more difficult than others. Try not to get frustrated.
5. Meditate at night before you go to bed. Okay, I will admit, I am still working on this one.
Another good time to meditate is during the day when your thoughts are racing. That is also one I definitely struggle with because I want to keep working on whatever project I need to complete and not take time out.
Meditation is also great for middle-of-the night insomnia, which we all know is no fun. Many times I can go right back to sleep after clearing my mind.
Meditation has changed my life. Although I still have days or times of the day where the anxiety and depression rear their ugly heads, I am able to take an objective look as to why I am feeling those emotions and turn it around.
How many of you meditate? And, if you do meditate, does it help you with anxiety and depression?
We would love to hear your comments and any helpful hints for someone who is interested in meditating or someone who makes it a daily practice.