Sitting quietly will help me eliminate food cravings? What? As convoluted and unrelated as it sounds, there is strong connection between food cravings and high levels of stress.
By addressing and dealing with this stress through daily meditation, your ability to deal with desires for foods that don’t serve you well will be heightened. Meditation could be that “missing link” that will bring all the puzzle pieces of weight loss together and will allow pounds to melt off.
Whenever someone would mention meditation, I always thought it would be a cool thing to do but I never knew what the steps were to doing it. I had heard people say it was hard so I was a bit reluctant but was open to trying. Little did I know how simple AND incredibly challenging it would be for me, yet I am drawn to it like a moth to a flame because of how much peace and serenity it brings to my life.
Here are my eight simple steps to starting a meditation practice…and remember, it is a practice, so like anything else there will be good days and not so good days. Just keep plugging away and in time it will be something you crave like your first cup of coffee.
- Start with a very short period of time…anywhere between 2-5 minutes at first. Set a timer and commit to staying with it for just this brief period of time. Baby steps will be much easier to master and you will feel successful.
- Meditate first thing in the morning before your head gets filled with thoughts and events from the day. In addition, if you set that time aside to meditate, it will be easier to complete it before your day gets crazy busy.
- There is not right or wrong way to do it, other than to just do it. Sit in a comfortable position where you can access your breath and relax as much as possible. The most important thing is that you be comfortable and the environment is quiet.
- Follow your breath. Inhale and exhale slowly and feel the air as it moves in and out of your nose. Thoughts will come into your head and when they do, acknowledge them, and then go back to your breath, paying attention to the breath moving in and out of your nose.
- You are not expected to keep your mind clear. This is probably the biggest misconception about meditation….that you are supposed to fall into this trance-like state and if you don’t right away you aren’t doing it correctly. Thoughts are always going to come into your mind and if you notice that, it means you ARE doing it right.
- Be kind to yourself. Meditation is not something that will be perfect everyday. Some days you will settle in peacefully and have a fabulous session but others will be bumpy and rough, filled with crazy thoughts and lack of focus. Again, that is okay and shows you are making progress in the process.
- Try a guided meditation. Many people find is easier at first to be guided by an experienced practitioner. There are many wonderful guided meditations on You Tube to try.
There is no better time to start your meditation practice than right now. Commit to starting today, be patient and consistent, and watch things in your life significantly change for the better. Need help with getting started? Contact me and let’s discuss how to bring peace and serenity to your life.