Meditation practices have expanded beyond yoga studios. It’s hard to ignore the rise of downloadable apps and strange encounters where your boss asks your team to do five-minute guided sequences during meetings. The ancient practice has marked its presence in our modern world.
Simply put, meditation is a technique meant to increase mindfulness, concentration, focus and awareness. Consistent mediation practices leave you clear headed and increase your emotional IQ. By closing your eyes and shutting off the outside world, you focus your attention internally.
Shutting off your surroundings allows you to focus on your breath and notice what is going on inside your body. Whether you are a novice or an expert, most report that the precious minutes taken to themselves leave them calmer and less anxious. Experts claim that meditation can even increase sleep quality and pain tolerance.
We have adapted meditation into our everyday rituals.
Karen’s Meditation Routine
When:Before bed, when the body is relaxed. Keeping the location of your practice consistent allows you to fall into a calm mental state quicker.
Benefits Experienced: I wake up in the morning refreshed and with a clear head. I can easily push back my cup of matcha a few hours because I don’t feel like I need the caffeine boost. My intuition is enhanced and my mind is less scattered. I don’t forget things throughout the day, complete projects quickly and am less bothered by little nuisances.
Favorite Meditations: I am loyal to the Simple Habit Iphone app.
Soothing Sleep by Glenn Harrold
Chakra Cleansing Meditation by Alison Serour
Enjoy the Phases of the Moon by Liz Richards
Alena’s Meditation Routine
When: After a workout. When my body is wiped out after a good hit session or after a hot yoga class. I find it easy to concentrate and give into stillness when my body is tired and ready to rest.
Benefits: I don’t wake up in the middle of the night as frequently when I meditate. My dreams are clear and I experience less nightmares. I notice an immediate elevation in mood. The residual effects linger, making it easy to be more positive and grateful for little and big things in life.
Favorite Meditations: Spotify offers great options for guided meditations that I added to the end of my workout playlist!
Mindfulness and Acceptance by Deepak Chopra
Letting Go Meditation (Alpha) by Donna D’Cruz
Guided Meditation: Deep Relaxation by The Honest Guys
So many great trainers and influencers are offering free work out videos that you can do with no equipment. Our favorites include Madfit youtube videos, Meganroup live Instagram dance sessions, and Rachaelgoodeats HIT Instagram uploads
Create a routine that you can look forward to. 8 am seems a little brighter when it’s followed by a cup of Nespresso with coconut milk foam and a few cat cow stretches
19. Tune into a podcast
Mix things up with a podcast when you’re tired of your playlist or would like to take your mind off of a tedious cleaning task. Here are some of our favorites
20. Call your loved ones
Whether they’re in the city, suburbs, or halfway across the world, their lives have been disrupted. A simple call to a loved one can get your mind off of your own situation. Tell them you miss them, see what you can do to help, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it
21. Make a gratitude list
See if you can reach 30! Focus on positive thoughts. These can be as random or as focused as you like
22. Watch a docuseries
Please tell us you’ve seenThe Tiger King
23. Sharpen your cooking skills
Find a recipe you love, throw on an apron, and flip a page in a cookbook
K&A’s Netflix cooking show favorites: Salt Fat Acid Heat, Ugly Delicious, Breakfast Lunch & Dinner, and Top Chef
Find a comfortable, quiet place and turn on your favorite guided meditation. Here are some of our go-tos (Link to our post with guided mediations)
25. Play a board game
Our favorite is scrabble. There’s a mobile app version too
26. Learn a new language
We signed up for Rosetta stone. Vis ta vie
27. Take an online course
Class central is offering free online courses including Buddhism and Modern Psychology
28. Change your phone wallpaper
Remind yourself to be happy every time you glance at your phone.
29. Give your pets attention
Our furry friends are so grateful that we’re home! Teach your pet a new trick and get some fresh air, if you can avoid contact with others safely