One of my favorite daily practices for helping train my mind is meditation. Meditation is a 5,000 year-old practice. It’s well researched that flow state and being in a deep meditative state are very similar. Both produce those healing Theta brainwaves.
Now, before you skip on to the next lesson and say to yourself, “I’ve tried meditation and it’s just not for me…” Listen up.
Me too. I suck at meditation too…or at least I do sometimes. In the beginning of my practice, I sucked like every time I tried to sit and meditate. But now my agitation is less frequent and I’ve seen some HUGE improvements in the way I think, in my stress and anxiety levels, my sleep, art practice and more…so let’s talk about some of my favorite meditations to get you started!
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My Favorite Meditations For Getting Into Flow
My Daily Meditation
I have the app “Breathing Room,” where there are tons of different meditations. By far my favorite meditation for dropping into flow is “Soul Sync.” You can watch it for free HERE. Soul Sync helps to create a state of calm and flow and expansion. You’ll be feeling uplifted and totally connected after this 20 minute session!
My Favorite Meditation Apps
Just like anything these days, there are a MILLION meditation apps to choose from. Here’s a list of my favorite ones for you to check out and see which one you like best:
- Breathing Room. I use this app every day. The two founders wrote the book The Four Sacred Secrets, which is also awesome. Highly recommend!
- Jessica Stone’s Patreon. Jess is one of my dear friends and is a Reiki practitioner and meditation goddess. She has tons of valuable resources and helpful meditations in her Patreon membership that I’m a part of. She’s also a guest speaker in my course The Art Within!
- Headspace or Calm. These two apps are great for beginners in my opinion. All of the ones I mentioned above are also great for beginners and would be my first recommendations, but because they cost more money I wanted to list these two.
Science Behind Meditation
Meditation is a practice in bringing back awareness and presence into your life and work. With an awareness practice (becoming more aware), we’re able to take control of our minds through helping limit the extra suffering and distractions our minds like to pile on us.
As Dr. Dan Siegel explains in this article, research and peer reviewed literature like from the National Library of Medicine and PubMed has shown that when we practice awareness and integrate it throughout our lives, we*:
- Optimize our telomerase levels through regulating our stress responses, so that we repair and maintain proper cell function and improve the antioxidant defenses in our body
- Improve our cardiovascular risk factors through producing nitric oxide in the blood and helping reduce stacking of blood vessels
- Reduce inflammation by altering epigenetic regulation of the inflammatory response
- Reduce our stress response
- Enhance our immune function
- Cultivate more intention in the brain creating more regulation processes like emotion, attention, and behavior
What are your favorite meditation tips? Have you ever tried it before? Let me know in the comments!