Good News: Anyone Can Meditate
It’s easy being zen
We already told you about the benefits of mindfulness meditation. Improved sleep, reduced stress, heightened creativity--what’s not to love? But maybe you’re still a little intimidated.
That’s where OMG. I Can Meditate comes in. This handy app demystifies the practice through an easy-to-follow program geared toward even the most reluctant meditators. Here’s what you can expect:
You don’t have to sit cross-legged
While you're more than welcome to sit cross-legged while apparently floating on water, sitting upright in a comfortable chair with your feet firmly on the ground will work just fine.
It isn’t a time-suck
OMG's program calls for a totally doable ten minutes of mindfulness each day.
Morning is best
There's no bad time to meditate, but if possible, try to squeeze in ten minutes right when you wake up. Your mind is much clearer before you're bombarded with the contents of your day.
You don’t have to be good at it right away
Experts say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and meditation is no different. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself, and stick with it.
It helps to buddy up
Even though meditation is pretty personal, it helps to do it with a pal. Like starting a new diet or workout routine, you’re more likely to stick with it if you’ve got support.
It’s ok to talk to yourself
When you're getting started, it might be hard to completely clear your mind. As you breathe, silently say to yourself "breathing in" and "breathing out." Not only will you zero in on your rhythm, you'll forget about other, unnecessary thoughts.
You’ll sleep more soundly
Researchers have found that meditation enhances REM sleep and leads to increased levels of melatonin. Studies show that people who meditate regularly have less total awake time during the night and are more relaxed before going to bed.