A little bit of meditation goes a long way

Like with most things, I go through phases of practicing daily. Meditation is possibly the only practice that I come back to time after time and always feel better for it.

Recently I’ve been doing my two minute meditation a lot but it’s not been giving me the same benefit as before. So today I decided to up it to 10 minutes and sure enough at around 9 minutes I felt my whole body relax in a way that only happens when my mind is peaceful.

What this tells me is that if I can’t relax in 2 minutes, I need to give myself permission to sit in meditation for longer.

The length of time is almost irrelevant except that it tells me how I’m feeling. When anyone has asked me recently how I am, I beam from cheek to cheek because life really has been good to me. But the fact it takes me longer to relax tells me that on some level I’ve got more stress in my body that usual.

Meditation doesn’t seek to understand why my body feels tense, it just allows me space to be peaceful. It allows me a pause in my day which carries on for ages afterwards.

My 2 minute meditation is a breath focused meditation. I breath in for a count of 3 and out for 6. I gently allow my lower belly to rise and fall and my only focus is counting and feeling relaxed.

When I tried to do that today my mind was racing so much more than usual that I decided to just sit and watch my thoughts. No judgement. Not engaging in the thought. Not opening my eyes up and writing down all the tasks that popped into my mind. It was like watching a child fight going to sleep. I just sat and watched my mind squirm until it had nothing left to squirm about. Then ahhhh… Then I felt peaceful and I still feel peaceful.

I use Insight Timer because I love the feeling of meditating with others, even if they’re not in the same room. Plus they’ve got some nice gong sounds to bring us out of meditation.

We’ve only got to give ourselves permission to relax and then we reap the benefits for ages afterwards. I give myself permission to feel this good!

Tell me your meditation experiences in the comments.

3 thoughts on “A little bit of meditation goes a long way

  1. I love this post! I find great benefits from meditation but like many others find it difficult to set aside the time. I’m always glad when I do though. I think one of the barriers I face is that I don’t set a particular time of day to meditate. I think shorter meditation is good as it is more motivating to think I only need to fit in a short session than a longer one. When I’m struggling to find time to meditate, I then like to turn a walk into meditation.

  2. I’m new to meditation having just completed my first week. I’m working on trying to allow myself to really live in the moment and not allow my thoughts to take me from that. I especially like what you wrote about sitting and watching your thoughts but not engaging with them…watching your mind squirm like a child fighting sleep…I get that.

    • Hi Kevin, first of all well done! It’s a great direction to travel in!! Living more in the moment & not being swayed by our thoughts. Best of luck on your second week!! Feel welcome to stop back & let me know how you get on,x

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