You don’t need to lift yourself into crow pose to meditate.
You can meditate almost anywhere and be mindful while doing anything.
And you should! Meditation can boost your immune system, decrease depression and anxiety, help you feel more peaceful and joyful, improve your sleep, and even strengthen your focus and memory.
So hear are tips on mindfulness and meditation from Certified Life Coach Jill Jurcago who visited the library on Thursday.
- Sit with feet flat, spine straight and hands gently in your lap. Close your eyes and note the environment around you.
- Focus on your breath. Choose your belly or nose to focus on. Breathe deeply, letting your belly fill like a balloon when you inhale and cave toward your spine when you exhale.
- Concentrate on your breath. In, out. In, out. Repeat a mantra or count to 10, starting over when lost in thought.
- Whenever you find yourself lost in thought, return to your breath.
- Don’t get frustrated if you get distracted or lose concentration. Starting again and again is the meditation practice.
Some more notes from Jurcago:
- Meditate daily to experience its benefits.
- Be compassionate to yourself. It will make you more loving of others.
- Create peaceful spaces for yourself by being mindful. Mindfulness brings you back to your present moment. Live in each moment. Eat mindfully; wash mindfully; bring mindfulness to your daily activities and they will become mini-meditations.