I think becoming a mum is the perfect time to start meditating – why? Because we need it so much.
Motherhood is a package deal; the joy and love comes with more challenges and opportunities for losing our minds than I ever thought possible.
That’s where meditation comes in.
Meditation has single handedly kept me sane and happy through my motherhood journey so far and all the challenges I’ve faced along the way. I also owe overcoming my fears about launching Motherkind to mediation, without my practice I honestly think I would have succumb to the negative committee in my head.
It really is a life changing skill.
In my podcast with Anxiety Expert Chloe Brotheridge she explains how meditation actually changes our brain chemistry – it helps us to relax, make better decisions, stay in the present, deal with challenges calmly, reduces anxiety, increased patience with our children – the list of benefits really is endless.
I know what you might be thinking, that sounds great, but how on earth am I going to find time to meditate? Or I’m too stressed to meditate or I can’t sit still. Here’s the good news - you only need one minute to start with and build from there. Everyone has one minute.
As Gabby Bernstein says, one minute a day sat in stillness can change your life.
All you need is willingness. A desire to try.
Taking one minute in the morning was how I started my practice 10 years ago and I now sit 10 mins in the morning and 10 mins in the evening. For me, meditation is like exercise, the challenge is starting.
Make the commitment to yourself to find your one minute, ideally first thing in the morning as we’re more open and less buzzing from the day’s events so it’s easier to settle.
Here’s my step by step instructions:
1) Set a timer on your phone for one minute
2) Sit on the floor or chair however is comfortable don’t worry about crossing legs or where your hands are for now
3) Close your eyes – this will help you go inwards
4) Take a deep breath in for 5 seconds and feel the air rushing past the nostrils and your chest expanding. Try to focus all your energy on experiencing the sensation.
5) When a thought comes in, just let it go and focus back on the sensation of breath
6) Breath out for 8 seconds and focus on the air leaving your nostrils. Try to feel the last thread of breath leaving your nostril.
7) Repeat for one minute
Let me know how you get on in the comments.