Welzen is an app for mindfulness practices and meditation. Boasting an extensive library of therapeutic mindfulness tools to relieve stress & anxiety, sleep better, develop focus, ease depression and improve overall wellbeing. Welzen shared with me how to cultivate a mindfulness practice, it’s such a great tool! Try it for yourself.
How To Cultivate A Meditation Practice
Mindfulness has become a buzzword in today’s modern society as newspaper and magazine articles are touting the tremendous benefits of a mindfulness meditation practice. It’s true. Modern neuroscience now supports what ancient yogis have known for centuries ~ that personal growth and inner healing happen from the inside-out, through healthy amounts of stillness and silence. Meditation is the formal practice of mindfulness, can happen anywhere and doesn’t require buddha statues, incense or monks chanting “om.” Through a consistent meditation practice you can boost your mood, increase your sense of purpose in life, improve sleep and decrease inflammation in the body…to name just a few of the amazing benefits.
Here’s How To Get Meditating:
1.) Start Small
You don’t want meditation to become another item on the “to-do” list so begin with 5 minutes every morning. Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, sit up in bed and dedicate yourself to 5 minutes of mindfulness meditation. When the practice becomes a non-negotiable like brushing our teeth, a habit is formed.
2.) Befriend the Breath
Remember that the way in which you breathe is a metaphor for how you walk through life. Is your breath flowing and expansive or is it tight and constricted? As you settle into your 5-minute morning practice, use the breath as your guide into the body. Simply pay attention to the textures of each inhale and exhale. Sense as the chest and belly expand and contract. Witness the various energetic and emotional states you experience as you invite the breath to expand throughout every inch of your body.
3.) Mindful Mantra
The stress hormone, cortisol, is highest in the morning. Why? When our eyes awaken in the am, the first thing that’s already flooding our mind is that endless “to-do” list. When we choose to meditate before checking our email or Instagram feeds, we’re proactively hyjacking the automatic stress response that happens every morning. Our minds are wired to create thoughts so utilizing a mantra (or affirmation) can be quite helpful to steady the mind. As you are meditating, with each inhale repeat the words “I Am,” internally. As you exhale, repeat the words “At Peace” as you breath this message to the entire cellular body. Continue this mindful mantra for your 5-minute meditation.
With our thoughts, we create our reality. When we align out thoughts with what we seek to grow within us, our life transforms. Gandhi taught that “our actions express our priorities,” so when we choose to meditate, we make our health, happiness and well-being our priority.
Explore cultivating your own daily meditation practice by downloading Welzen mindfulness meditation app, an emotional wellness tool that will guide you through the journey of life.
Lena Franklin is a Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapist and the Head of Content at Welzen.