Many of our readers want to meditate, but have a hard time fitting the practice into their days. Others are too intimidated to start. To make it a little easier to meditate, we've reached out to a few of the pros to show you how they practice. Meet Ryan Weiss, a popular life coach and meditation leader in Los Angeles, who has inspired his fans to start meditating through his daily newsletter, Waking Up With Ryan. His approach? All you need is five minutes.
Where do you meditate?
In the big comfy chair in my living room — Henry on my right, Mama on my left (those are my dogs).
As soon as I wake up — if I don’t do it then, the whole day will go by without my practice. And then again around 3 or 4 p.m. (right when I’d typically reach for the afternoon coffee).
What type of meditation do you practice?
I have a combo. I am a long time student of A Course In Miracles, which has a daily lesson and a different “meditation” each day. I use quotes because the course doesn’t call it meditation, but it certainly is a type of contemplative practice. Then I have a vedic meditation practice (shout out to Emily Fletcher) which is a mantra-based, 20-minute meditation which I practice twice per day.
Do my dogs count? No props needed. Just a comfy chair.
Why do you meditate?
Life is stressful and scary. There’s just no way around it. Left on my own, I’d be angry, defeated and frightened all the time. My meditation practice pulls me out of my head and into a seemingly higher state of awareness.
I clear out the cobwebs of my “not-enoughness” and suddenly I show up so much more powerfully. That’s when life really gets interesting to me. My meditation practice let’s me step up to the plate knowing Who walks with me. I am powerful when I am awake.
Advice for first-time meditators:
Don’t expect to be anywhere near “good” at meditating. Expect your head to be all over the place. And let that be okay.
Meditation is not about getting your brain to stop thinking. That’s like asking your heart to stop beating. It’s about letting the thoughts come and go without grasping. Just because you think it doesn’t make it real.
Find a teacher you love in your city or online. Meditation studios are popping up everywhere and there are so many greats with online programs.
Cultivate a morning practice — give yourself a life before the work day starts and you will be SO much happier. KEEP GOING — meditation is cumulative. Find the diligence to maintain a consistent DAILY practice. Keyword: Daily. Make sure you get it in everyday.