LOVE YOUR LIGHT MEDITATION
WHAT IS MEDITATION?
Meditation is the act of focusing your awareness. It’s about acknowledging and observing whatever happens - pleasant or unpleasant - “good” or “bad” - in a relaxed way. You don’t have to try to “stop thinking” or “clear your mind.” It’s okay to have thoughts. Instead of worrying about how “you can’t stop thinking” or how “you feel like falling asleep” [maybe that’s just me? ;)], focus on your ability to focus! And keep re-focusing whenever you get lost. There are many different styles of meditation that have you focus on different things. The Love Your Light Meditation guides you into focusing your awareness on your Breath, Body + Heart.
The ideal posture for this meditation is a seated cross legged pose. You can sit cross legged with your glutes on the floor, a yoga block, meditation cushion, blanket or pillow. If sitting on the floor is uncomfortable for you, try sitting on the edge of a chair with your back upright and not leaning on anything. Whether you are sitting on the floor or on a chair. Keep your spine up as tall as possible, pull your abs in, slide your shoulders down your back and lift up through the crown of your head.
It is helpful to practice meditation in a “sacred space” or somewhere that you feel relaxed in. It is okay if this space isn’t perfect, just do what you need to do to make it feel special. Keep all forms of technology or work away - less stuff to be distracted by! Set the tone or mood for meditation by lighting candles, diffusing essential oils, or putting on comfy clothes. Whatever you can do to get yourself hyped up and excited about meditation, the better!
Practicing meditation at the same time everyday will help you make it more of a habit. If you’re wondering how you can fit it into your already jam-packed day - try to think of something you can “give up” just for a little bit, so that you can add meditation in instead. For example, if watching your favorite show for a half an hour everyday is your “me time,” try replacing it with meditation and see how it feels for a week. Once you have built meditation into your schedule, it will be a lot easier to start adding other things in.
I am happy to be your go-to resource for yoga + meditation. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or message me on Facebook/Instagram! My Facebook page is Cat Aldana and Instagram handles are @cataldasana and @eatstretchnap.
Some popular and recommended meditation resources are Headspace -- a meditation app (https://www.headspace.com/), 10% Happier -- a meditation app and book (http://www.10percenthappier.com/) and Deepak Chopra is like the Beyonce of the meditation world, as in he's suuuuper famous haha. Feel free to check him out.(http://www.chopra.com/)