Allowing yourself to see your yin and yang: Your energy balance upon rising and resting
When you try to force something in life, it does not seem to work, so if you are trying hard to work at learning how to meditate; slow down and let it happen.
A good way to start learning how to meditate is when you are getting up in the morning. If you are an early riser as I am, do not get up right away, even if you are fully awake. Take this time to meditate because you are already lying down and comfortable.
Before I arise each day I concentrate on my breath; breathing slowly, a long deep inhale; watching my belly rise and the a longer exhale; watching my belly fall back to the earth.
Getting up ready for the day
Stay with this breath work for about 5 minutes and then stretch out long, arms overhead, and before you get up roll over to your left side; this is your energy side of the body and when you get up on this side you are truly awake for the day.
Sitting and breathing upon rising
After I get up I sit on the side of the bed.
I also concentrate on my rib cage rising with each breath along with feeling the breath into my back which guides me to remember to sit straight.
Sitting very straight when I breathe allows everything in my body to straighten; my head and shoulders are straight and I can feel the breath rising and falling deep down into my back which curves a bit as the energy of the breath goes deep down to the bottom of my lungs.
Circles of Energy
Energy is circling in every part of your body as you rise; focus you early morning with a glass of water and a walk before breakfast; feeling the energy flow throughout your body helping you to awaken and enjoy the day.
Planning your Meditations in the evening
If you have trouble with sleep, starting a ritual of calming may be a good step for you. I use eye pillows that have been infused with some lavender; placing them on my closed eyes while I lie down before I go to bed is a great relaxation enhancer for me. There is research on the effectiveness of eye pillows to quiet your mind.
When I get into bed I am aware that lying on my right side can bring even more calmness to my entire body.
And if you still cannot sleep after the lavender ritual, give yourself a round of deep breathing in bed with your eyes closed and bring the lavender pillow to bed.
Ideas on the right side calmness, left side energy and eye pillow: Shandalov, B. (2011). Yoga for Therapeutic Rehabilitation: Learning New Tools and Expanding Your Practice. Cross- Country Education, LLC. www.crosscountryeducation.com