Ask an Expert: 5 Tips for Meditating at Home

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I’ve always been a fan of longer-form writing here at D*S, but sometimes it’s nice to distill something down to its essential elements or a few pieces of core advice. So we’re kicking off a new series here called “Ask an Expert” that will tackle a wide range of home and lifestyle-related topics and give you 5 core tips for understanding or improving in those areas. From overcoming fears and learning new skills to decorating, styling and DIY mastery, we reached out to our extended network of friends, family and professional contacts to create a long list of people who had valuable information to share. Over the next few months we’ll be sharing upholstery tips, winter gardening ideas, ways to get organized at home and- today- how to start meditating at home.

I’ve been told by more than a few trusted friends and colleagues that I’m someone who could benefit from meditation. I like to take on more than one thing at a time and thrive on having as much on my to-do list as possible. But over the past few years I decided to try to scale back a bit and focus on improving the quality of my work and life. I’d done a good job of putting work ahead of myself again by avoiding meditation lessons until I lucked out and discovered I had an expert right in my extended family.

Ben Turshen is the founder of Ben Turshen Meditation, a New York City-based practice that specializes in Vedic Meditation, a technique that was developed for multi-tasking people who are fully engaged in busy, active lives. That applies to so many of us in this community, so I reached out to Ben to see if he could share some of his insight on meditation and his 5 key tips for learning to meditate at home.

Thanks so much to Ben for sharing his tips with us today. You can read more about Ben’s practice here and check out his schedule of seminars right here. There’s a FREE intro intro session this weekend (Sunday at 6pm at Studio Anya) for anyone in the NYC area interested in learning! Here’s to all of us having a little bit more peace, quiet and calmness in our home lives. xo, grace

Ben’s 5 Tips for Meditating at Home:

From Ben: “Vedic Meditation is one of the oldest, most effortless, and natural forms of meditation.¬†This technique of meditation originated in India over 5,000 years ago, and the integrity of the tradition has been passed on through an unbroken line of teachers from that time. The technique is very simple and easy to learn, however it requires personal instruction. If you can’t make it to a course right away, you can get started with something “over-the counter”–try listening to a guided meditation and see how you feel. It may help you relax a little and that’s always a very good thing.”

  1. Most people think of meditation as a band-aid to use when they’re feeling very stressed. Make it a daily practice, that way you can avoid the “melt down”
  2. Learn to be neutral about the environment. You can practice Vedic Meditation anywhere–sitting in your office, on a park bench, in a subway, etc.
  3. Plan it. If you don’t plan it, it’s less likely to happen.
  4. Get some support. Tell you family, friends, and co-workers what you’re doing. That way they don’t bother you when your meditating.
  5. Organize a group meditation. It’s really nice to hang out with happy, relaxed, enlightened people.

 

Clare

Smiling Mind is a free Australian app that has five little sessions (from memory, each is about 10 minutes) that walk you through, much like the the Headspace free program (only the app is a little buggy, I must admit, but I love the meditations).

If you’ve got Spotify or the like, you can search for guided meditations. There’s loads of tracks that are only dayspa music/ nature sounds, but I really, really like Mark Williams’ meditation albums. He heads up the mindfulness meditation centre at Oxford Uni.
http://mbct.co.uk/cd-set/

I’ve organised all the bits and pieces I’ve collected into five, ten, twenty and more than twenty minute track playlists, so I can just choose something that will fit into the time I choose to put towards meditating (I don’t quite have a ‘clear the schedule’ kind of meditation practice, yet).

Abigail

I often have trouble reading on the bus and have found meditating to be a great alternative. Instead of getting annoyed by small hassles of urban commuting, I close my eyes and try to focus on my breath. When I can do it, it makes the start and the end of the day more pleasant.

Phoebe Kellerman

My father in law meditates twice a day at our house. He says it has really helped him with pain management and stress. He finds a quiet place and lets everyone know not to disturb him.

iris

This is really useful!! Even when you are not an expert you really see the possitive impact in your life when you meditates constantly!
thanks for the tips!

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