Meditation is a great tool for fostering peace, calm and intention in your life. It can be very intimidating to get started though. I started meditating a few years when it was recommended for my anxiety. At that time, I attended some classes and followed online guided meditations. It wasn't until recently though that I was able to practically integrate meditation into my daily routine. I think one of the reasons it took me so long to get comfortable with meditation is that, at first, I really struggled to stay present and not get carried away with my thoughts.
One day, the metaphor of rabbits came to me in a vision while meditating. I use this metaphor as a trick to shift my perspective and stay present. Here's the trick, imagine your passing thoughts as "bunnies." If you follow one, it brings you down a judgement spiral; a metaphorical "rabbit hole."
An intention you can hold for yourself when you meditate is not to follow the bunnies or judge the bunnies but rather to observe the bunnies and let them go. Stay in the valley of your meditation and let the bunnies come and go in the valley as they please.
Let us know below what your favourite way to meditate is. Do you attend a class or use an app? We’d love to hear from you.
The best app I have found over the years is Buddhify. I like Buddhify because it's a one time app purchase, unlike the other apps, where you pay for a monthly subscription. Buddhify also has meditations for specific activities like "waking up" or "going to sleep."