15 Minutes Meditation
How To Bring Mindful Meditation Into Your Day
15 minutes of seated meditation is all you need to start a meditation practice. If you're not meditating I am inviting you to start with just 15 minutes.
If 15 minutes feels like too much 5 minutes is enough. Moving yourself gradually up to 15 to 20 minutes daily, preferably in the morning.
There is no right or wrong way to meditate.The idea is to sit to focus on something in order to quiet the mind whether that be a candle flame, your breath or movement.
Many techniques have been created to accomplish this task of focus, clarity and quiet.
Why only 15 minutes? 15 minutes is enough time to find a moment or two of stillness. Within that single moment there is incredible benefit.
Quieting the mind...
- allows receptive thought
- allows for resistance free state of being
- releases contradiction/I want this but...
- facilitates alignment
- builds leverage to a more specific thought or idea...boosts creativity
- increases ability to sense your perfection...pure connection is the Yoga
- moves energy in higher realms
- increases the soft momentum of allowing
- relaxes the nervous system
It is good to allow the body to be inspired to movement within your seated meditation. To trust in your body's natural ability to know what it needs to relax into healing and allow stress or resistance to dissipate.
How we can meditate throughout the day, and what it looks like to possibly tune in and become mindful in the daily routine.
It's so interesting because I actually thought about this when I was at Sea World with my son. He wanted to go on a ride, of course, and for some reason, it was a technical difficulties on the ride, and I was a little worried. So I needed to do some yoga for myself. It was a weekday, not a lot of people there. I was able to do some of my yoga stretches in line.
This is an example of how easy it is to incorporate your mindful practice, or your yoga practice, or your breath in day to day life.
But you have to be able to come back to it naturally and habitually. It's habit for me to want to do yoga a lot. I teach a lot. I practice a lot. Because it's something that makes me feel good.
So, throughout your day ... I mean, an example of this, this is amazing (to practice Hakini Mudra), not being unconscious about it, but having it happen naturally.
When we are having a difficult possibly stressful moment within our day to day, to remember our self care tools are incredibly valuable.
By spontaneously moving into yoga. This is your yoga. So you can be talking with somebody, breathing calmly, but it has to become habit. Something that you know makes you feel good. I use Hakini Mudra in my meditation practice, so why not use it when I'm in a conversation with somebody, or I'm needing to focus my mind. It's a great tool to utilize in the day.
What else? Anjali Mudra (hands in Prayer), just coming together and noticing your hands. Using that as a power point or a centering mechanism to connect to your energy, to your vitality, to your well being.
But if it doesn't occur to you, then how do you do it?
The only way these tools can occur to you is if you start practicing them. If you start utilizing them in your meditations, in your daily life.
So that is an excellent question, how can we incorporate some of these healing modalities more into our daily routine? And it actually is quite easy. Really easy.
Sometimes the spontaneous idea will just come, and you'll go, "Oh," and you honor that.
For me, that day where I was standing in line waiting for technical difficulties on a roller coaster, I used my arms ... I was standing of course, so Samasthiti (Equal Standing) is great, mountain pose.
Then moving into arm stretches.Imagine you're in line, and you're waiting, and you can utilize your breath. So doing your yoga throughout your day, wherever you are, it's easy peasy.