Ah meditation, you either love it or hate it (or feel indifferent). Ask those who do it regularly and you will hear the endless benefits, ask those who have never tried and they think it’s way too hard or too ‘spiritual. Others, don’t care one way or another.

I have meditated on and off for most of my adult life. I know with 100% certainty that when I am regularly meditating, my life is better, and the same is opposite, no meditation and my life is chaos. Well, not my life as such, but my thoughts, my feelings, my emotions are pulled in a million directions and there’s no focus and no clarity. Life happens to me. And this is not the way I want to live, I mean seriously, who does? But until you actually know the distinct difference between how you feel with meditation vs without it, it’s hard to have an opinion on it.

I have tried so many types of meditation, from staring at a candle, to Buddhist meditation, guided, breath, visualisations, laughing, dancing, walking, talking, and I can honestly say, it doesn’t matter which one you try, what matters is that you are resting your mind on one single thing. It can be for 5 minutes to hours (I have done Vipassana, which was the most challenging and I wouldn’t recommend it to the beginner or the faint hearted).

The thing with meditation is, you are not trying to remove your thoughts or clear your mind, as this is almost impossible, it’s about allowing thoughts to come and go and not get sucked into the story. It’s about letting go. It’s about becoming the observer of your thoughts or emotions. You learn over time that just as thoughts come and go, so too, do feelings and emotions. Everything is in constant flow. This is the nature of things. The more you try to hold onto anything, the more it alludes you, funny that?! And when you are meditating, life still happens, stress is flung at us from all directions, there’s traffic jams, rude people, work deadlines and on and on and on, BUT we can cope with these annoyances, we are able to be more present and let go with greater ease.

Everyone can meditate. EVERYONE. And I invite you to try it, for 5 minutes everyday, for a week. Tips: Usually best done in the morning, use headphones, Google ‘5 min meditation’, and just sit where you are. And I can promise you, that you will notice a difference in how you feel.

Give it a go, what have you got to lose?