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  1. It was one of my goals this year to become consistent with meditation. It’s October and ummmmm haven’t really started the goal! Thanks for the reminder to really put this on a higher priority. Great tips!

  2. I’m far from a meditation expert, but the only thing that seems to work for me is to focus on my breathing. I’m an over-thinker, so there are always a bazillion thoughts flying around in my head, but if I do what you do – ‘in, out, in, out’ – it brings me back to the present and helps me feel calm. I tend to do this a lot when I’m trying to fall asleep, as it helps quiet my mind and relax.

  3. I love meditation. I think that’s the real reason I make it through child birth without any drugs – heck, it might just be the reason I make it through life without any drugs! I pop the boys into the gym creche once a week so that I can do yoga and meditate without any distraction. I often meditate at home, but my mind often races away.

  4. I have tried many, many, times to meditate and I think I have solved the mystery as to why men are so much better at it than we are (think Buddhist monks). I asked my husband one day if he had voices in his head- he cocked his head and said very slowly, “do you have voices in your head” and I replied yes. I later clarified, I have “inner dialogue” and that set him at ease once again. Men do not have his inner dialogue- therefore, they can shut down the noise and just BE, way easier than we can. So stop beating yourself up- we are designed this way so ultimately we are fighting nature to relax.

    • Amen! There’s rarely a time when my brain isn’t talking to me and I’ve been meditating 20 years. The idea is just to go with the flow and let those thoughts pass on by without you paying them any mind. So glad to hear you’re giving it another go!

  5. Best thing I ever learnt was to just let the thoughts come, acknowledge them – ‘there’s a thought’ – and then let them go. Fighting the thoughts did.not.work. I love meditation but don’t have the patience to stick with it for too long. I’m going to try Mindful in May again this year! x

  6. I saved this article for a time when I had a moment to read. I’ve been meditating on and off for about 10 years but really struggled at the end of last year. You’ve reminded me of the things I know I need to do but have been procrastinating – I know it always makes me feel better. Thank you!

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