Focusing on one thing
I recently finished the book "Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Skeptics and Modern Soul Seekers" by Suze Yalof Schwartz. I've recently been interested in meditation and its power over "reconfiguring" how we think, and saw the book at Target and bought it. It is a great read and isn't long or hard to get through.
It's extremely simple. It has great testimonials throughout the book as well, to keep you motivated and inspired to try it for yourself. Yesterday I tried a short 5-minute aromatherapy meditation for the first time and felt great immediately after. I have to admit, it's a hard thing to try at first as you really see how much your thoughts race and your mind shifts focus. But that's the whole point of meditation. To focus on a singular thing, point, thought, scent, feel, whatever you may choose...and notice when your mind drifts, then realign it with the original thought. There's no real "rules" to it other than that.
Though there are a ton of different types of meditation to try out, and the book goes into great detail about each one, I decided to start with the aromatherapy because I thought associating a scent with this singular mindset would be easier to trigger on and off in that sense. It seemed to work so far and I am excited to continue to do it every morning when I wake up.
Ironically, waking up at 4:45 AM and meditating at 5:00 - 5:05 AM seemed to wake me up more so than my standard morning routine.
There's another type of meditation I'd like to try soon where it's focused on a crystal. My sister recently bought me one and I'd like to use it as my point of focus for a session and see how that goes. That's another type of meditation that Suze goes into detail on in the book.
It's also interesting to note that the experts (in the book) have stated that there's "no such thing as a bad sit." Even if you don't feel anything at first, your mind is still working and it is still worth your time to continue. Everyone will have their a-ha moment...it's just different for everyone.