6 Steps to Deepen your Meditation Practice

 

Have you ever sat down to meditate only to think to yourself – now what? Well let me assure you that there is no wrong way to meditate. That being said, I’m a rituals girl, so the more structure I create around a practice – the deeper I’m able to settle into the experience. Here are steps that I personally take when I practice meditation. I call it “The Anatomy of a Meditation” –

 

1 – SETTLE 

  • Begin by taking a moment to acknowledge how you are showing up to your meditation. Notice the sensations in your physical body, the emotions that are present and the quality of your thoughts without any judgement.

 

2 – SET AN INTENTION

  • Ask yourself – what do I need in this moment? Perhaps it’s simply to settle and calm your mind, to gain clarity on a situation that is troubling you or to send love to a dear friend.
  • The most important thing to remember when setting intentions is to let go of any attachment to them. Set the intention and then let it go. Trust that you will receive exactly what you need.

 

3 – CONNECT TO YOUR BREATH

  • First bring awareness to your natural breath. Follow with a few deeper breaths to help settle your mind & body and ground your energy.

 

4 – MEDITATE

  • Now it’s time to meditate! There are many different types of meditation that you can practice  – breath awareness (counting), repeat a mantra, listen to a guided meditation…
  • When you notice that you have been distracted by your thoughts – come back to your anchor/focus. Just keep coming back. Set a timer and invite ease.
  • You can read my previous blog with my top 3 meditation tips right here.

 

5 – REST IN BEING

  • Once you finish your meditation, let go of focusing on your anchor and give yourself a moment to simply rest in being – be with what is.

 

6 – END WITH A MOMENT OF GRATITUDE

  • Acknowledge yourself for showing up in this way. Give thanks for the day ahead. FEEL this gratitude in your being.

 

BONUS – After a meditation is a beautiful time to:

  • visualize your goals
  • plan for the day
  • journal
  • read something inspirational

 

I hope this helps you deepen your meditation practice. It is truly one of the greatest gifts you can give your mind, body & soul.