Photography by Grace Cassio
Today marks the launch of The Broad Place’s first e-book 7 Day Mind Cleanse and I’m so excited. A key part of this week long mental cleanse is the daily practice of meditation. I teach Vedic meditation, which I believe to be the world’s most effective meditation technique. However, Vedic meditation isn’t something I can teach in a book. Which is which I created this simple technique for anyone who is totally new to meditation. I have called it a Clarity Session. You simply do it once a day for 15 minutes. It’s easy, incredibly relaxing and very beneficial to your health.
How to do your Clarity Session
Sit up in a comfortable position. Sit easily and focus on your breathing. Take three large deep breaths, very slowly in and out. Notice the sounds around you. Relax your body, let your shoulders fall.
This is not a stillness competition. So if throughout your Clarity Session you need to shift about, scratch or sniff, do so! You might need to check your watch or clock a few times, that’s not a problem. But ensure your phone is on silent. Better still, on airplane mode.
When you’re ready, slowly bring your attention to each of these body parts, one by one. Take one long slow deep breath, in and out, while focussing on each part of the body.
Your whole face
Your whole head
Lastly, bring your awareness to your whole body and take five slow deep breaths. Now, just sit comfortably and breathe normally. Relax. Notice any sensations you feel in your body until the 15 minutes is complete.
Remember this Clarity Session is a simple, graceful technique. Don’t worry if you think ‘you’re not getting it right’. Just go with the flow. You can’t mess this up.
Feel antsy and agitated? That’s good. It’s stress releasing from your body. Feel tired? That’s fine too, it’s fatigue releasing. Something good is always happening. You just need to keep doing it to get the results.
It’s also worth noting that we’re not trying to banish thoughts during the Clarity Session. Instead, just keep returning your focus to your breath whenever thoughts pop up. Believe me you will have lots of thoughts. And that’s totally ok.