Have you tried to quieten your mind? Clear thoughts? Only to be left frustrated and giving up?
We have a wealth of modalities available to us, but unless you are aware of them, or been shown how, can leave you wanting, unfulfilled.
How do I know this? My own personal experiences
If ONE way doesn’t work for you, don’t give up, persist and try again.
I have never been one to journal, it sounded good and I’d begin, only to give up a few days later UNTIL I found a way it works for ME. I now journal after my morning meditation and put no pressure, no expectations on myself to write and sometimes just a few sentences may come.
At YogaNess, we practice a traditional, holistic approach to Yoga and every class will consist of some form of mindfulness technique, whether it be at the beginning, middle or end of a class
Find place to sit that feels calm and quiet to you.
Set a timer ( 2 minutes to begin with )
Notice your body. ...
Feel your breath. ...
Notice when your mind has wandered. ...
Be kind to your wandering mind. ...
Their are also a lot of FREE apps out there to help guide you ( try out Insight Timer )
HOW TO JOURNAL
Try to write every day. Set aside a few minutes every day to write. ...
Make it easy. Keep a pen and paper handy at all times. ...
Write or draw whatever feels right. Your journal doesn't need to follow any certain structure. ...
Use your journal as you see fit. You don't have to share your journal with anyone.
Hold your Mala beads with your right hand
Let it drape across your index/middle finger and your thumb, so you can move it easily. ...
Complete one full breath (inhale and exhale).
Move your fingers to the next bead, breathing in and out once per bead.
Finish at the guru bead to complete 108 breaths
Working with crystals while meditating is another way
Start by finding a comfortable seat
Close your eyes and take three deep breaths, in and out
Holding a special crystal in your hand, feeling it’s weight, texture and qualities, gives your mind something tangible to focus on, while liberating your mind of other thoughts
Your daily practice of Yoga can also offer you freedom and space to deeply connect to your inner self.
Setting up a space in your home, free of clutter
Lighting your favourite incense or candle
Playing music in the background
Start by moving your body, feeling into the spaces
But most important of all, do what’s right for you
What’s your go too?