If you’re new to mindfulness or meditation, then a really good place to start can be with a breathing meditation exercise.
This type of meditation technique can be good for beginners as it can help to focus on something specific, rather than a more advanced meditation such as the Just sitting meditation which can trickier if you’re not used to a regular meditation practice. This type of single focus meditation can be a great place to start for mindfulness beginners.
The breath is always with us and doesn’t need to be forced or altered in any way, we can just notice the movement and the changes we experience in our body. Bringing our focus back to the body and away from our busy minds.
Notice as you inhale and then exhale, notice the feeling of the breath on your lips or nostrils and notice the sensation on your chest and abdomen.
Notice that place of stillness at the end of an exhalation.
Try not to stop thinking or empty your mind, just notice your thoughts and keep returning your focus to your breath. Take care not judge yourself for having thoughts, they are completely natural and the most mindful moments can be in that split second after you realise your mind has wandered.
If you feel that you struggle to find the time to meditate, then try a 3 minute breathing meditation.
Even if a 3 minute meditation feels impossible, then a 3 breath meditation practise can provide just enough of a pause to make a difference.
Love and light, The Happy Bee x