I don’t know a single soul that couldn’t use meditation for the betterment of their life. The simple act of sitting still and releasing thoughts as they come. I honestly think this is what our pets are doing most of the time. Eckhart Tolle, a renowned spiritual influencer once said, “I have lived with several zen masters – all of them cats.” and I really do believe it. Animals have a much easier time staying in the present moment than us humans do. Whether it’s because they have no societal pressures, or an understanding of past and present, we can’t negate the fact that these creatures have mastered something so simple yet humans struggle with it all the time.
Here are some tips for anyone looking to find the breezy, blissful meditation your pets have so naturally mastered.
- There is no “trying to meditate” there is just being. When we go into mediation with a mindset of accomplishing something and or trying to find inner stillness, we are already setting ourselves up to fail. It isn’t about putting in effort but rather letting the effort go.
- You are your breath. The breath is the center of meditation. It’s what we feel. Our nostrils opening up to allow the oxygen to slip down into the depths of our lungs, filling up each pocket with new life force energy, the same stuff that is coursing through our veins, through the trees and the waters surrounding us. It’s the rhythm that grounds us. A good way to be present is to count your breaths through your meditation.
- Thoughts are just little clouds. Think of your thoughts like clouds passing by in the sky above you and meditation as you laying on your back on a lush green field looking up at the sun. As you are looking at the sun you notice a cloud approaching. The more you focus on the cloud, the closer it gets to blocking the sun, the light, the present moment. You notice that once you acknowledge the cloud and accept it for what it is, you can let it go. Thoughts are just like clouds. Accepting and letting go of your thoughts is what makes them disappear. The more attention you give them, the more they will linger and block your light. Focus on the sun and let the clouds go.
- Start the day this way. Meditation in the morning is an excellent way to start your day. It allows you to clear your mind and tune into your body before facing the world. You will see how your interactions with other people become brighter and more fulfilling after your meditation sessions. It helps you see things in several different perspectives. Meditation can ultimately help you improve relationships, work ethic, and overall attitude about life.
- Find your comfort spot. Getting comfortable in your environment is crucial and makes all the difference in your meditation experience. You want to find a spot that is relatively quiet, seclusive and peaceful. The more ideal you can make your environment, the more benefits you’ll receive from your meditation session. You might even want to light a couple of candles or incense, use sage to smudge the room and maybe incorporate some healing crystals in your space. The more personal and quiet your area is, the better you will feel going into the mediation. Make your space your own.
- Body Boost. Meditating in the morning is often favored because its a great way to start the day, however, a lot of people choose this time for the fact that their bodies are fresh. Since meditation requires you to have as few distractions as possible, people do a good job of clearing a space for themselves physically but miss the opportunity to prepare their bodies. You may have heard that meditating on a practically empty stomach helps you with your practice because digestion isn’t happening. And it is true! To have a more impactful practice it is recommended to mediate before a meal.
- Just get started. Why wait? Take 5 minutes out of your day to just be by yourself with nothing but your breath. Don’t tell yourself you don’t have the time. Tell yourself how worthwhile it is to refocus and build awareness. Set time out each day to meditate if only for a few minutes. Spend the time to improve your life.
Remember, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. Enjoy your practice. Enjoy yourself and just grow.
If you have any meditation tips leave them in the comment section below! I would love to hear what other people are doing in their practice and how it has improved their lives.