As an athlete growing up the emphasis was always on the physical body. I knew the importance of keeping a clear head and staying focused on the game but somehow our western society missed the importance of teaching mental health.
We have been ingrained to reach for prescriptions to help mask issues like attention deficit instead of training the mind like we would the body for a marathon.
It can start tomorrow morning. Finding a spot that you feel comfortable sitting in. Closing your eyes. Focusing on the quality of your breath. Is it consistent? Is it in your belly or your chest? Feel the air tickling your nose.
As your mind and attention settles on your breath, allow yourself to feel your body. Feel the ground beneath you and that tickling sensation in your toes running up through your body to the top of your head.
Be present. Be aware of what you are feeling. The darkness behind the lids of your eyes or the temperature of the air on your skin.
There are many forms of meditation just like there are many sports. Try as many as you like until you find one that works for you.
You can use a mantra or a phrase to focus on like,
“I am bliss and this moment is perfect, whole and complete.”
Or you can practice a moving meditation such as going on a walk allowing yourself to be fully present and observant of the world around you.
Whichever practice you choose be patient with yourself and enjoy the practice whether it is two minutes or two hours.
Yogi, Writer, and Chief Happiness Officer at Upgraded Formulas