Meditation is not an easy thing to set aside time for and prepare for, despite evidence of it being a crucial part of emotional, physical, and mental wellness.
The practice of meditation involves coming into and reaching a state of consciousness that is different than normal wakefulness, where the mind is silenced, but you reach a deep level of awareness of your own being. Meditation allows you to explore levels of yourself and your consciousness not usually “available” as you go through the motions of your day.
The practice of meditation is an intentional activity that requires the practitioner to get in a mindset of calmness, stillness and in an environment away from distractions that can interrupt the “zen” of the meditative practice. With this in mind, there are a few things you can do to get into the mindset that will allow you to meditate, even if it’s just for a few minutes.
Here at Meraki Tips, we are big fans of meditation, and offer these 5 tips to get you prepared for this mindful practice:
#1 - Set Your Space
If you’re lucky enough to be able to prioritize time for meditation and have the space for it, take great care in creating the space that will bring you the most peace within your home. Free of electronics and other distractions, this space if filled with the colors and items that bring you peace. Whether it’s a set of fluffy pillows to sink into, or flowy curtains that bring light into your space, or the music you put on for meditation, make this a sacred space that is only yours to enjoy, solely for the purpose of meditation.
#2 - Explore Mindfulness
With this being said, meditation doesn’t have to be about sitting in a quiet room, alone, without distraction. Mindfulness is a form of meditation that helps you find focus amongst the chaos. It’s about choosing to focus on something in your environment, and zeroing in on that so intently that the world around you disappears.
Choose to be mindful, even amongst what you deem mundane, every day things of life; after all, there is beauty to be held in the ordinary.
Look outside and watch a leaf blow in the wind. Look up at the sky and watch the clouds move above you for 30 seconds and notice how they move and flow. Look at the wind rustling in the trees, noticing each leaf as it blows independently and a part of the greater flow of the tree.
Mindfulness is often a great place to start if you’re feeling “blocked” towards meditation.
#3 - Use Apps and Guided Meditation
YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, smart phone apps, and the streaming platform Gaia have some amazing tools to help people get “in the zone” for meditation. Experts have prepared art, music, imagery, noise, speech, and guided meditation for the world to access, recognizing that people need tools to help them meditate.
Explore these apps that are available to us to see what fits for you to put you in the zone. YouTube has thousands of meditations available within a few clicks that can help you work through whatever you’re feeling at that moment. Instagram and Facebook both have positive, mindful accounts like Tiny Buddha, which offers only positive messages aimed at helping you be introspective.
Put boundaries around your use during these times, being sure to turn off (or ignore) messages and other notifications that can creep into your online time.
#4 - Protect the Time
One of the biggest misconceptions about meditation is that you need to do it for hours upon hours, for it to be effective. While it’s quite the achievement to be able to dedicate an hour or two to meditation and quiet time, 10 minutes, 5 minutes, even 30 seconds of meditation is better than no meditation.
You protect your time for work, family, and other priorities so meditation and your own self care and well-being should be no different. Protect your time for meditation and don’t let it fall down the priority list. However you do this, whether you use a planner, or an online scheduler, set the time aside, and more importantly, remain committed to your practice.
#5 - Use Cannabis and Terpenes
While many people use cannabis as a form of preparedness for meditation, not enough people embrace the magic of terpenes to help bring you into that relaxed, meditative state. Terpenes that help bring on relaxation include linalool, myrcene, terpinolene, and beta-caryophyllene, and when combined with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, work with the Entourage Effect to bring about a greater sense of relaxation and calm.
Meraki Tips are infused with important terpenes designed to enhance the cannabis experience. Our Peaceful TIP is infused with a proprietary blend of organic food grade terpenes that are meant to consistently curb unwanted anxieties. With these TIPS you can focus less on the strain and more on your peace of mind.
You are worth taking time for yourself. Explore the benefits of meditation and find space in it with your life while exploring the various tools, like Meraki Tips that are designed to bring you into the meditative state of mind.