“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”

~ Amit Ray

Do you meditate? It’s something I’ve been trying to do more consistently, and I admit that I find it difficult some days. Mind wandering, body twitching, wondering at every moment if I’m doing it right, wishing I was doing it better. It’s almost stressful, but it’s not uncommon.

Like any new skill, meditation takes a bit of time and awkwardness until it starts to feel comfortable. And since many of us are so busy and on the go, the thought of sitting and doing nothing can feel like a foreign concept. Watch last week’s video – In Praise of Doing Nothing, for more on that.

The benefits of meditation are worth the effort though. Meditation reduces stress, improves concentration, increases self-awareness, happiness and acceptance, slows aging and boosts the immune system, and much more. And this past week I was assured by my friend Kim McNeil, a Certified Yoga Therapist and Meditation Expert, that if you’re doing it, you’re doing it right.

So it really is about simply giving it a try, and staying open-minded as you practice. Like anything worth doing, meditation requires a bit of skill, and therefore a bit of practice. It makes sense intuitively, but I can be impatient.

I started with the App Headspace, which simplified things for me. Sit, press play on the days’ meditation, and listen as you’re talked through what to do. You get your first ten days for free, and then it’s a small monthly fee to access their whole meditation library, but it’s vast and includes guided meditations to help things like stress, focus, relationships, happiness and more.

Another that I like is called Insight Timer. It’s free and includes guided and unguided sessions, and a whole bunch of background sounds to meditate to. I use both apps, and also try app-less, and just sit and breathe. I’m still learning how to just be, but it’s turning into a good way to start the day.

So, why not give it a try? And if you’re a happy meditator, share with me what works for you. I’d love to know your secrets!

And don’t forget to watch this week’s Work-Life Recharge video – Meditate on This! featuring Kim McNeil answering my questions about meditation.

Michelle Cederberg, MKin, BA Psyc
Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP)
Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC)
ORSC Trained Team Coach

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