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Choose your Meditation Day Carefully
This is first and most important step. You Meditation day should be completely open and un-booked. The goal is to connect with your inner most self and the energy around you. This is impossible if you have the obligations of the day on your mind. As a parent and a heavy agenda scheduler, I can relate to busy mom and dads out there! Here is some advice to help you clear the day for spirituality.
- Choose a day with no appointments- Weekends are great for this. Part of falling into a meditative state is knowing that you have "nothing to do, and nowhere to go". If you're going to donate a day to yourself, don't half-ass it by sticking a doctors appointment in the middle or end.
- Schedule it in advance! That way you can avoid any pressing issues disturbing that day. Write it in your calendar or agenda at least a week in advance so that you can make sure, your obligations for the week are scheduled around this day and you can let your friends and family know that you are not to be interrupted during this 12-24hrs of self care.
- Get a babysitter- even if you have older children! It's difficult to relax to the sound video games, Netflix or even footsteps up and down the stairs. Ideally, you want your house empty for the big day.
Setting the Scene
Your Meditation space is important, so choose it before your day arrives. Although there aren't a ton of rules when picking a spot, it should be somewhere that you can relax and that varies greatly from person to person. Here are a few tips you help you select a space.
- Quiet- This is probably the most important. If you have noisy neighbors you might want to put as many walls between you and them as possible or even consider playing relaxing music in your space (more about that coming up).
- Dark or dim- close those curtains. It's much easier to fall into a meditative state without seeing the sunshine through your eyelids.
- Separate space- Meditation can be done anywhere, laying down in bed, sitting on the living-room couch even in the car. However, if you're planning on committing a day to it, your practice should be somewhere you can leave for a re-set. Ideally, you want to be able to walk through a door way. This is a psychological trick to re-set the brain. Once you exit that space to jot down notes of messages you received during your session, or have a snack, your brain can re-enter reality. In the same sense, walking back through that doorway for a new practice lets your brain know that its go time and you'll be able to get back into connection mode faster.
- Comfortable- You will be seated for a long time so if you're like me and you like to be grounded while you meditate, make sure you have a cushion or bolster and some yoga poses in your back pocket to stretch out any tightness you might encounter while seated (I prefer Yin Yoga).
- The Senses- This one isn't necessary for everyone but a common practice is to appease the 5 senses. For sight and smell, I like to use a scented candle as the sight of the dancing flames helps me relax. You might feel the chi you want with a statue or you may even want a picture of a loved one if you plan on practicing dedication meditation. You can even use a colour changing light if you like that sort of thing! Some other options for smell are incense, air freshener, room spray, This is all about YOUR comfort! Hearing can be controlled with soft music or a water feature or white noise machine. If you use gentle music or sounds, try to avoid streaming them because being interrupted by an add will jar you out of a Zen mind faster than anything else!
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- Nourishment- Prep you mind and your body. Eat whole foods(1 ingredient each, no chemicals) the night before and the day of your big meditation. The last thing you want is to be interrupted with a tummy ache or anxiety caused by improper nutrition. Personally, I also find whole ingredient foods keep me closer to mother Earth.
- Hydrate- I can not stress this one enough. Hydrate well and hydrate often. Even if you don't feel thirsty, hydrate between sessions.
- Do this for you- This is all about you connecting. Do any form you like (there's A LOT) do all the forms you know if you want to! There is no wrong way to mediate and if you're new to it (or just want to), do guided meditation where someone practiced in the form walks you through the process.
- Keep notes- This might feel unnecessary, but I promise you, you will be glad you did. I receive a lot guidance from the universe while I'm sitting silently. It's heart breaking when you feel like you've had a breakthrough but the next week you can't for the life of you remember what it was!
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