Happy Monday morning to you all! If you already feel stressed or live in a city as chaotic as Mumbai, I am extra happy today to let you in on one of my biggest secrets – meditation. Take it from me, I have a really crazy schedule in between shoots, events, and running my charity foundation Seams For Dreams, so it is most important for me to find time in the day completely to myself to just BE.
If meditation is something that you have wanted to try, I hope my personal mediation routine can shed some light on how to integrate this time of reflection and focus into your everyday schedule. Do you follow specific mediation routines or practices? I would love to hear them! Just leave a comment!
I like to meditate first thing after I wake up in the morning. I find solace in morning meditations because the streets are quiet, there are fewer distractions, and my mind and body are fresh. In addition, it helps me set the tone for my day and ensures that I can accept the challenges that lie ahead today. Honestly, it doesn’t matter what time of day you meditate, as long as it works for you. Because this practice is really personal, try find an hour in the day where you can be completely still within yourself and the least trouble happens in your house. Meditation doesn’t need to be hours long but I think taking a good 30 minutes is necessary to reach a state of tranquility. Start small and see where this journey takes you!
If this is your first time and you find it difficult to concentrate, I find it helpful to use soft music without words, or listen to the sounds of nature that usually bring me peace, like the sound of the ocean since I am a total water baby. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes even the humming of the cars passing by on the road can be a beautiful sound if you learn to embrace.
To prepare for my time of reflection I find a positive thought or nice quote that I want to meditate on and let sink into my mind for the day. One of my favourite quotes to meditate on is: “Be still and know that I am God.” It brings me unending peace to know that my life is in the hands of a loving God. The point is – find something that is meaningful and powerful to you, even if it is something as simple as “I am loved”. If you meditate on it and accept the truth of this statement to invade your life, it becomes deeply rooted in your heart and brings you a calmness that carries you through all stress of the day. Remember the moment in meditation when the world stood still and embrace all situations that come your way today with this same calmness.
Initially you may find it difficult to just get your mind to calm down. With me, the most important things on my to-do list come up when I’m finally finding rest, so I usually keep a notepad next to me to write it down and get it off my mind. Focusing on deep long breaths into your stomach can bring you into a calmer state, too. Another secret I have for you is that meditation can happen in many forms. It doesn’t always involve sitting quietly in a room with your eyes closed. Sometimes, simple things like a walk through nature, a certain posture like your arms stretched wide embracing the day on your balcony, or going for a run can along the sea have the same effect on your mind, body, and soul. Just find what works best for you and tell me all about it in the comments below! Have a wonderful week ahead!