We are an overstimulated group of people. There is always something trying to grab our attention: the phone, an advertisement, your kids, your friends, the radio, it's never ending! It has come to a point where we barely even notice all of the distractions and noise that is filling our heads every day.
This is why devoting the smallest fraction of your day to meditation can change your life. Letting your mind have that quiet that it craves will bring you a mental peace that you didn't even realize existed. This is why I encourage you to take 5-8 minutes per day to quiet your mind of all the distraction and to let go of the thoughts and worries that clog you up.
And remember, the goal of mindfulness isn’t to suppress thinking, but to surpass it.
1. Get in Position
Take a deep breath in and out. Sit comfortably and relax your body as much as you can. You can be in a chair, on the floor, or even laying in bed.
2. Listen to Your Breath
Close your eyes and find your breath. It could be in your abdomen, diaphragm, or under your nose. Start to focus your attention on your breathing and hold onto this point.
3. Detach from Thought
The second you close your eyes, you'll be confronted with distracting thoughts that you can't control. Realize that this is normal and gently return to your breath. Continue this for eight minutes. To keep track of the time, you can use an app, such as Simply8 or Buddhify, or put on soft music and a timer.