Meditation For Dummies (and Skeptics Too!)

By Nitika Chopra

I first heard about meditation from my ex. While he became more and more engrossed in all things Eckhart Tolle, Osho and every yogi in between, I saw meditation as this scary place people went to be alone (and why would I want to be alone on purpose?).  It wasn’t until years after that relationship, that my skepticism waned and my relationship with meditation began. And, through it, that my self-love has grown.

For all of you who are rolling your eyes (or just unsure of where to begin), you’re probably thinking that life is just fine and the last thing you need to do is add another thing to your morning routine. We get it. We were once there. And although your time may be limited – between brushing your teeth, feeding your dog and running to catch the train, who has time to add anything else? – meditation can only enhance your happiness, vitality and ability to be guided throughout your life. It is a place where you can go to hear yourself think and to listen to your true desires, without the noise from the outside world. So why not try it?

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You know that feeling you get when you close your eyes at a point during your long and hectic day, take a deep breath, and sigh?  And for that one moment, you feel in touch with your body and your mind? Consciously taking that time out of the day, for a more extended period of time, is meditating.

The first thing we want you to know about meditation is that there is not only one way to meditate. You don’t need to sit cross-legged, on dirt, in the middle of the forest, after noshing on a meal of pure raw food. (Although, if that’s your thing, go right ahead). You can actually meditate wherever you are and whenever you like because meditation is about being in-touch with the truest parts of yourself, while relieving yourself from mental and emotional pressures. You can do any number of things (for example, singing, dancing, listening to music or roaming around your city) that allow you to tap into that part of you that feels most connected to the positivity that lies within (and thus silences the negativity). It is about disconnecting from outside stimulation in order to quite negative thoughts and listen more to positive ones, rather than about literal silence. So, feel free to explore what works for you and have fun with it!

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Still not sure how to get started?  Find a song that brings out a feeling of peace, happiness or joy and play it while you are by yourself. Find a comfortable place to sit and listen to the music with your eyes closed. Be aware of the thoughts floating around in your mind without judging them.  When the song is finished, open your eyes and allow yourself to notice what you are feeling in that moment.  Being connected to your true self doesn’t happen overnight; but, if you do this everyday, your self awareness will increase and you may even begin to see your life transform from the inside out.

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So, next time you hear someone say that you should try meditating, try not to roll your eyes. Instead, take your negative thoughts on a walk and watch your positive energy increase with every step!