One thing you should know about me is that I’m not a fangirl. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I don’t put famous people up on a pedestal. However, I am fascinated by them for the same reason I’m fascinated by people in general: their work, their skills, who they are as a person, what they stand for, and what their values are. That’s why I’ve been very interested in Lady Gaga as a person ever since her documentary—Five Foot Two—came out. I really like seeing celebrities just be honest about who they are.
Why exactly am I talking about Lady Gaga? Well, the thing is that thanks to the documentary I discovered we have lovely things in common and that I like what she has to say. Naturally, I began paying attention to her posts on Instagram, so when she announced she was going live for a 20 minute meditation session, I decided to join in.
Like many of you out there, I’ve been curious about meditation in the past, but I’ve never really applied myself to mastering it. The few times I’ve tried it, I struggled with staying put and keeping my mind blank. But on this occasion I could really relax and concentrate on my breathing. I don’t know if it was the thought behind this session, of togetherness with the world and spreading love, but the fact is that I really enjoyed it.
I caught the last 10 minutes of it and it took me a couple of minutes to really get into it, but in the end I was surprised that I could lie in my bed and just breathe for that long without wanting to do something else. I had no problem sleeping that night; I didn’t wonder and worry about things like I usually do, and I was completely calm. That’s when I decided to give meditation a serious try this time and integrate it into my bedtime routine.
I’ve always known that regular meditation provides a lot of benefits for our bodies, our spirit, and our mental state, such as: reducing anxiety and stress, increasing focus, improving brain function, helping you feel more connected and present which leads to feeling happier and more conscious.
After doing some research, I gathered the 5 tips that I found most useful to get started with meditation and today I want to share them with you. Lady Gaga was my gateway, and I want to be yours!
My failed attempts at meditating in the past could be due to the fact that I jumped into the deep end right off the back. According to my research, the best way to get started is by taking 3 to 5 minutes at a time. Time seems to slow down when you’re meditating, which is why it might be wiser to start with bite-sized sessions and get familiar with the process before going for longer sessions.
Choose a Convenient Time and Place
This is essential and it’s true to pretty much any new activity that you’re trying to turn into a habit. The key is to make the process of adjustment as smooth as possible. That’s why you need to choose a moment of the day when you know you can spare a moment and choose a quiet, comfortable place where you won’t be bothered.
Choose a Comfortable Position
One of the things that bothered me the most when I tried to meditate in the past is that I couldn’t sit comfortably for very long. I started getting restless, and my legs started to cramp or my lower back bothered me, so I couldn’t concentrate on anything else. When I joined Lady Gaga’s Instagram meditation session I was already in bed, and I decided to stay there. You can do the same! Find the position that works best for you, whether that’s sitting or lying down; just be as comfortable as you can.
I used to think that the goal of meditation was being able to instantly clear your mind. What I’ve learned is that we beginners have to understand that meditation’s more about becoming aware of your body and your thoughts. It’s also about learning to redirect your attention back to your focus point without chastising yourself. We will have thoughts, we will wonder, but the important thing is to get back to our mantras and focus on what we need.
Do It Your Own Way
This is also very important for the success of your session. Sometimes it doesn’t work to follow someone else’s rhythm, so you have to find your own. You can look for guidance and try guided meditations for a while. That way you can learn the ropes and then rearrange those ropes however you see fit.
Meditation to me is all about being truly in touch with my body and being quietly with my own thoughts at least once a day. To you it can be all about stress or anxiety relief, focusing on a specific subject like self-love, forgiveness, sleep or productivity. What’s important is that you do it the right way, so I really hope these tips helpful to you!