This is the second blog post in the Mindfulness in March series.
First, I want to say I hope you’re doing well through all that’s going on. If you want to check in with me to let me know how you’re doing, and/or if I can do anything to help, I’d love to hear from you!
Now, in this post, I want to share how to do a mindfulness meditation that will bring you to the present moment and also help you find calm. Here’s how to do it:
- Sit comfortably with a straight spine in traditional meditation style, with your feet on the floor or kneel.
- Close your eyes, relax your shoulders and body, and unclench your jaw.
- Inhale slowly, fully and deeply, filling your belly with air like a balloon.
- Exhale slowly and fully, allowing your navel to go back towards your spine.
- As you continue breathing deeply, observe the thoughts that come to you. Don’t judge yourself for having them or the thoughts themselves. Try not to let yourself get too involved with the thought. Observe and acknowledge it for a moment, then it let it float on by. Allow yourself to be present.
- Continue for 3 to 10 minutes (and so you’re not distracted by time, use your phone as a timer, an app or find a YouTube meditation music video).
Also, here are a few affirmations you can use to bring yourself back to the present moment when you need (especially during moments of overwhelm, stress and anxiety):
- I choose to live in the moment.
- I embrace where I am in my life.
- I am in the flow.
- I find peace and joy in this moment.
- All is well, and I’m okay right now.
- I breathe and focus on the here and now.