We all tend to operate at a million miles per hour in this day and age and it’s super important to take some time out for yourself each day. I have been exploring meditation for over a year now however it can easily be forgotten about and also seem quite overwhelming at first. I was recently given the chance to take a starter course in meditation with the lovely Emma Mills and wanted to share my experience with you.
Emma is a writer and meditation teacher who is based in the UK and is a huge lover of all things health, wellbeing, meditation, + poetry related. Emma has previously worked with renowned brands such as Red Magazine and Neom Organics. She runs courses and workshops around the country and also occasionally abroad. Emma has recently launched a new course called ‘START MEDITATING’ which is the course I have just taken.
I won’t give away too much in case you take the course but it’s split into 5 different meditation styles. Who knew there were so many huh!? I really like following courses or challenges which are worked through step by step as I like to do things quite thoroughly. It’s important to keep an open mind when starting meditation and also my number one tip would be not to ‘expect too much’.
You can work through the course at your own pace (I took it over a couple of weeks) so I could enjoy and revisit each meditation offered. Some of them I took to really well and others I didn’t feel I could connect to so it was good to find what works for me best as everyone will be completely different.
I found a guided meditation works best for me. It doesn’t mean I can’t do it alone, I just find it easier to focus with someone guiding me. I try to meditate every single morning as soon as I get out of bed and start getting ready and aim for 5 minutes. I aimed to also meditate each evening too but I’ve found it harder to keep that up. Any meditation is better than none! I also find the bath is a great place to meditate…a little tip from my friend Destiny.
Our minds are constantly ticking, thinking, planning etc. and it really does take time to learn to let those thoughts drift away or essentially dump them elsewhere. This is what I mean when I said don’t expect too much…you will find it hard to switch off and control your thoughts but it comes with time.
I bet what you are wanting to really know is…what are the benefits!? In my personal experience the two things that I really noticed a difference with was my FOCUS in day to day tasks and in life generally. I felt extremely focused on my goals, things I needed to do and felt really ready to tackle my day after meditating. Secondly, my favourite benefit was CREATIVITY. I have recently felt like I was really lacking in creativity within my blog, how I dress, my instagram feed etc. I felt stagnant in all areas and hated it because I know I had all these ideas but putting it into practice was proving difficult. Meditation almost unblocked all this negative energy and released my creative juices (I hate that saying haha but it’s true)!
Other well known benefits include: relieves stress, a peaceful mind, reduces ageing, makes you happier, enables you to feel more connected, boosts immunity…the list goes on.
The course costs £30 and you can purchase here. It’s a course you’ll have for life and can re-visit again and again (as I do). I would love to hear your thoughts on meditation and how you find it helps you. If you do try the course, let me know how you get on!
Emma also has a meditation handbook coming out in March – INHALE EXHALE. Pre-order your copy here.
PEACE, LOVE + COCONUTS.