“Meditation, in essence, is bringing awareness to every moment of our lives”
How To Meditate
by Jenn Collotta
Lately, in my practice I have centered my mind on meditation. A habit that many long to master, meditation remains elusive to the masses who feel they can’t sit still long enough to quiet their minds or find the peace that is promised through consistent use. Could it be that we have been misunderstanding the purpose of the peaceful practice entirely?
Consider for a moment that meditation, in essence, is bringing awareness to every moment of our lives. It asks us to engage with our senses, to analyze our thought patterns, to become active participants in our own lives. Perhaps meditation was never meant to be isolated to sitting down in a quiet space with zero distraction, but instead something meant to be found in the chaos, practiced amidst the movement, played with in the here and now.
This is not to say that meditation cannot be found in absolute silence and complete stillness, however for many of us, those moments are few and far between.
To start practicing meditation right now:
- Pay attention to your breath. There is no need to alter its course, simply focus on how you are breathing.
- Observe your present situation. Where are you sitting? What is the environment around you? What are the smells you smell? The sounds you hear?
- Check in with your thoughts. Are they quickly jumping from one to the next? Is your mind trying to solve a problem that is not currently in front of you? If so, return to step 1 and repeat.
These three easy steps will assist you in bringing awareness back to the present moment. Without having to hide away from the world, or force your mind to be completely still, you will naturally slow down, arrive into the present, and begin to actively participate in a moving meditation
To take this a step further, practice this for five minutes each day for the next seven days. It can be at any time and in any place as long as you do it for five minutes. You can explore with your eyes open or closed, or a little bit of both. Five minutes becoming too easy? Increase your meditation time to ten minutes!
We have recently added meditations to our website and invite you to use them or try the meditation below. To access all of our meditations, click here.
The journey towards stillness and peace is one we must travel every day. Enjoy the journey.
Born in Boston, Jenn’s path to yoga began in college as she looked for ways to find balance in her life. She began practicing in 2009 and got her teaching certification in 2013. Since then she has taught thousands of classes as a full-time yoga instructor and has led numerous 200-hour trainings as an E-RYT.
Along with yoga, Jenn enjoys hiking the beautiful mountains of Hawai’i, which she now calls home, and being outdoors in nature. She loves creating, sharing and inspiring and hopes to do just that here at The Source Yoga + Wellness.