WHY JUICERS SHOULD MEDITATE
We live in a culture of constant noise and stimulation. We’ve all been guilty of spending a whole day glued to a screen, listening to a constant stream of podcasts and music, and texting a dozen people—all at once.
Silence is scarce. So is uninterrupted thought. That’s why maybe the most valuable habit I’ve formed is meditation.
Now I don’t claim to be an expert—just a practitioner. Like eating well, meditation is a journey I’ll always be on. It’s helped me get better acquainted with myself, to be unafraid of quiet and discomfort. It’s taught me to be still, to let go of anxiety and stress, and to be more grateful for myself and the world around me.
How you can start
If you’re new to meditation and want to try it out, I recommend starting by finding a yoga class! Mediation is built into most yoga practices, and it’s a safe and guided atmosphere to try new things.
Another great way to start is to sit in silence and stillness for two minutes every day. It sounds easy, right? Nope. If you’re new to meditation, it will feel more like ten minutes. Or an hour. Or a day and a night.
But don’t be discouraged! Meditation takes time and practice. Remember, consistent behavior produces predictable results. Keep trying two minutes a day for a week, and it will get easier. When you’re ready, add another two minutes. Eventually you’ll be a comfortable with six, eight, or even ten incredibly rejuvenating minutes. Trust me.
When to meditate
I’ve found that first thing in the morning is a great time to meditate. It sets your mind and body up to handle the day ahead. But whenever it helps you is the right time to meditate.
What to do while you sit there
First of all, don’t get caught up in how to sit or if you’re doing it “right.” Just do it!
As you sit in silence, try checking in with how you’re feeling emotionally and physically. Try a body scan. Start with your toes and feel all the way to the crown of your head. What aches? What feels great? What muscles need to relax?
What is the quality of your mind? Are you anxious? Busy? Tired? Happy? Try not to judge what you find. Don’t label anything good or bad. Be a friendly observer.
How to breathe
Take deep, full breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. Try to focus on the movement and oxygen does to your mind and body.
Don’t leash your mind
Don’t worry about clearing your mind; it is bound to wander, and that’s okay. Your mind almost never gets to have a good wander! Just keep coming back to your breathing. You can even count your breaths. Or imagine your stray thoughts are train cars entering and leaving the station of your mind. Without judgement, watch them come and then calmly send them on their way.
These are just a few ways to spend your two minutes a day. Get to know yourself and your mind, cultivate curiosity and quiet in your life.You may be surprised by what you find.Are you a meditator? Share your practice with us in the comments below!