Quieting your mind is the first step for effective meditation, and can be learned with conscious practice — here are some guided meditations to help
Ah, how to quiet the mind!? The number one response I get when I tell people that I’m a meditation and blissful wellness guide is, “I’ve tried to meditate but I can never really quiet my mind.” Sound like a familiar sound bite? Trust me, I’ve been there; I studied yoga for over eight years and laid in countless savasanahs, I even had a movement teacher in college who made us meditate every day and I STILL could not help myself from either falling asleep or going through my to-do list countless times. But let me tell you that you CAN indeed quiet your mind, yes it can take a little practice, and you will have to work on it day after day but isn’t having a quiet mind something beyond worthy to work for? I can’t even begin to describe what a significant impact my daily meditation practice has had on my life, those moments spent quieting my mind have made all the difference in my life. I guess that’s why I am so passionate about helping others achieve the same inner peacefulness.
When we quiet our mind we can hear our truth.
It’s when we go behind all the noise — the “shoulds” and the “what ifs” — and center into ourselves, that we are really able to connect with our inner guide or intuition. We have all the answers inside of us, we merely need to remove all the garbage we’ve thrown on top of them. Through our prayers we are able to talk to god, the universe, our angels or guides, but it’s through meditation that we can truly listen to them and receive their guidance.
If you’re constantly asking the universe or spirit for guidance or assistance and you’re not meditating, you’re not really allowing a response to come in.
It’s when you make space for divine guidance by quieting your mind that you can truly rise to your highest level of being. These moments are essential to our growth and personal evolution. This is why I became a meditation guide, this is why I wake up every morning and sit on my meditation pillow for 20 minutes and why I return back to that place of surrender and quiet whenever I need an answer to a question in my life. Meditating allows us to relax, release all the stress and strain we carry along with us through the day (and yes, even wake up with!) and it allows us to come home to ourselves, our love and light, our highest selves. So whether you meditate to clear your mind, for more focus, to relax or to be more productive, doesn’t really matter to me, it will help with it all. What matters is that you start! If only for a few minutes a day, take the time, listen to one of these guided meditations below and begin your journey to quieting your mind:
– Morning meditation to start your day off right!
– Releasing, relaxing meditation for those days where you really need to let it go or unwind at night!
– On the go meditation for when you’re at work or at the supermarket and you lose your cool.
Still saying to yourself that you don’t have enough time!? Too busy to meditate? Well, do you have time to not function at your highest level? When you’re ready to get serious about being your best self and cultivating lasting inner bliss, you will make the time. And once you do, you’ll spend the rest of your life being grateful you did.
Do you need help getting going or want a personalized meditation for your life?
A lot of times starting out can be the hardest part, taking that first leap, deciding what’s the best meditation to begin with and just committing to doing it. That’s why I offer EMERGEN-ZEN sessions — these sessions are great jumpstarts for your new meditation practice, or powerful additions to an already regular practice when you’re yearning to go deeper and tackle the big stuff. Together we’ll talk about your personal situation, I’ll guide you through a couple meditations tailored to your needs, record them and send them to you so that you can keep up with it at home and discuss with you the homework you need to do on the day-to-day to keep your mind quiet and calm.
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