One of the most popular questions I receive when working with people is the obvious contradiction that exists when it comes to using technology while practicing meditation and mindfulness. Technology isn’t bad in and of itself. With clear intention and purpose, technology can be helpful. But yes, our goal is to be ultimately able to meditate technology-free.
However, we have to be realistic that we are living in a connected world with a slew of devices at a our fingertips. So our focus this week is around shifting our relationship to our devices using the breath as our main mindfulness vehicle. The breath is always with us and literally brings us into the present moment.
Below is a 10 minute breath awareness guided meditation. There are a couple of ways you can use this.
1. Give Your Mindfulness A Home: Bookmark this page or download the actual track on your home screen so you don’t have to go on a virtual search to find it and is easily ready so you don’t have to open your email. Find a time of day that feels doable (ideally first thing in the morning, mid-day, happy hour/coffee slump, or before bed). I’d encourage you to try all of these times to see what best resonates for you.
2. Timer Friendly: If sitting for 10 minutes doesn’t feel doable, no problem. Set your timer on your alarm for noon and 4pm. I recommend a different sound/bell than your wake-up alarm. You can also send yourself a calendar invite. When the alarm goes off, simply sit and just notice the fact that you are breathing. You can begin to take a few deeper breaths as you inhale and exhale through your nose. Start with 5 intentional breaths and then increase as feels comfortable. Breathing through the nose naturally accesses our parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) which naturally calms and relaxes us.
Have a great week of mindfully befriending both your phone and your breath!
Inspiration: Anne Lamott
“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” ~Anne Lamott
Guided Meditation: Breath Awareness