Many people have expressed to me their desire to meditate, but have said they either:
a. feel they’re “bad at it” because they find their thoughts wandering,
b. find it boring
c. feel that they can’t fit a meditation practice into their lives, or
d. just can’t motivate themselves to do it every day.
(I can completely relate to all of these thoughts & feelings, by the way!)
Some amazing studies have come out recently about meditation and how it increases gray matter in the brain. Even though I don’t do it every single day (but feel better when I do make it a consistent practice), meditation has helped me in so many ways over the years that I love to encourage people to try it.
If you’ve ever had a challenging time starting or keeping up with a meditation practice, check out this post where I talk about my favorite book on the subject:
The exercises in the book are designed to help you physically/emotionally/spiritually + psychologically, and can be done in as little as 3 minutes a day. If someone asked me to name one book that has changed my life, this would be it. Want to try some of the exercises right away? (They’ll help you reduce stress, feel more calm, yet more energized at the same time.) Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFCRNtFem14
I hope it helps. Please feel free to leave a comment or get in touch if you have any questions. I’d love to hear what you think if you check out the book or video, or if you have a meditation practice that you can recommend!
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Want to meditate but have a hard time getting started (or staying motivated to stick with it?)
Here’s my favorite tool for keeping up with a meditation practice – the book “Meditation As Medicine” by Dharma Singh Khalsa, MD. & Cameron Stauth.
This book has been with me for 13+ years and continues to change my life for the better every time I crack it open.
You may remember my post on this book a couple of years ago.
Here are my Top 5 reasons why I can’t get enough of this book:
1. Ever find your mind wandering during meditation? Me neither ;)
Thoughts creeping in during meditation are perfectly normal, and many people give up right away because of it.
What I like about the exercises (kriyas) in this book: They include mantras (sounds or words that you repeat), mudras (hand positions), breath work, and other things that you do with the mind & body simultaneously to help you focus on the task at hand. These things work together synergistically to make them even more powerful. When I feel the power of a meditation session, it motivates me to do it again the next day.
2. There’s an exercise for pretty much anything that ails you, whether it’s physical or psychological
My favorite part of the book is a chart that lists kriyas you can do for different ailments. It explains which part of the body & mind, and which energy center/chakra the issue is associated with. Even if you don’t feel like reading the rest of the book, you can just pick a meditation and dive right in.
3. Many of the meditations / kriyas can be done in as little as 3 minutes a day and are still extremely powerful.
Commit to setting aside 3 minutes of meditation in the morning – you’ll feel better, you may notice your day going more smoothly. When I start to feel these changes it makes me want to meditate longer and longer each time.
4. You know that family member that’s skeptical about meditation or yoga? That uncle/aunt/cousin that needs a scientific explanation for everything?
This book’s got you covered.
One of my favorite things about “Meditation as Medicine” is that it’s loaded with scientific evidence about the chakra system, mantras, mudras, breathwork, yoga poses, etc, and it explains how each one effects the mind & body. There are also case studies from people who have used this system (based on Kundalini Yoga, also referred to by the author as Medical Meditation) to heal. I admit that I also love knowing why something works before I do it. Sometimes books with this type of information can be a little tedious, but this book is an easy and fun read and gets straight to the point.
5. It explains different things that you may have experienced if you’ve ever taken a kundalini yoga class
Dr. Khalsa is both a physician and a yogi (he was a student of Yogi Bhajan). He does an excellent job explaining the many things you do during kundalini yoga; the meaning of the mantras, mudras and positions (and their affects on the mind & body). For me, knowing how & why things work sometimes makes me feel like I got more bang for my buck.
There you have it – this book is tried & true and will help take your meditation/ kundalini yoga practice / life to the next level. (If you’ve never been to a Kundalini yoga class, I highly highly recommend that too!)
Don’t have time to read it? Listen to it on audio while you’re doing something else ( I remember listening to it on cassette tapes that I checked out from the library many years ago – of course now there’s a cd & Audible version)
Let me know if you get a chance to check it out!