Does the idea of chanting OM make you say UM? We get it. Starting a meditation practice can be intimidating and frustrating. In our hectic, sensory overloaded world, most of us have trouble keeping our minds from wandering for more than 30 seconds, so clearing your mind to meditate can seem impossible. Meditation takes time and practice (which also takes time) and who here doesn’t already have a shortage of time? That’s what we thought.
Despite our over-scheduled existence, the benefits of meditation are undeniable. From improved focus and happiness to boosts to the immune system and stress relief, mediation is worth the time and effort it takes. Yoga great and author of Light on Life B.K.S. Iyengar says, “Meditation is bringing the complex mind to a state of simplicity and innocence but without ignorance.” We love this view of meditation and to help those of us who struggle to squeeze it in on a regular basis, we’ve put together 15 sneaky meditation techniques that will help you trick yourself into getting started. Om on, ladies!
1. Close your eyes and breathe deeply.
This is one of the best and easiest meditations tips we can impart. Anytime, anywhere for as short or as long a period as you can. While you’re at it, try to let the thoughts that creep in (they inevitably will) gently glide away with each exhale. Look at that! You’re officially meditating!
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