Frequently Asked Questions
Where should I start?
Where and how should I sit?
When we sit in a upright meditation posture, we stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (the opposite of the “fightflight” response) because the body understands that it is in a safe place and the mind can begin to relax. You can sit on a cushion with your legs loosely crossed or in a chair (preferably one without wheels so you feel grounded) and start by placing your feet firmly on the ground. Sometimes people wonder if they can lay down – sure! If you have trouble physically, or find that sitting continues to be uncomfortable, choose a posture that brings about dignity and relaxation.To get some cues on posture / how to sit watch this video.
I’ve tried to meditate and it doesn’t work. What should I do?
If you feel like you “can’t turn your brain off” and it’s hard to be alone with your thoughts – we get it. We still feel that too! Try starting with some practices that are a bit more guided, like Heart or Intentions. See if you can find a practice that you can do for 10 minutes and just start there. Keep coming back. It gets easier, we promise!
What if I fall asleep?
- Try a little light movement or stretching before you sit
- Drink some water or tea
- Practice with your eyes open (yes this is a thing!). Gaze about 3 feet in front of you in a loose, unfocused manner.