How Being Mindful Helps You Sit Still Long Enough To Meditate

July 22, 2017

Mindfulness and meditation are two different things but one helps the other. If you meditate, you will find that you become more aware of your senses and of what you are thinking and feeling.  You will remember things more easily, become more observant and less reactionary.  Therefore, meditation helps you be mindful. However, many of us have conditioned our minds to be thinking and doing all day long, so that it is hard for us to sit still long enough to meditate.  But this is not an excuse, it is just a bad habit, and we can change it with mindfulness. 

Using breathing techniques and focusing exercises can help you quiet your mind so you can sit and meditate. Box breathing is an example of one technique that can help you get into a meditative state. Simply breathe with your mouth and eyes closed: and inhale for 4 seconds, hold the breath for 4 seconds, exhale slowly for 4 seconds, and hold the breath out for 4 seconds. Repeat this sequence 4 times and you will have given your brain and your body a little over a minute of deep focus and relaxing energy. Try it and notice how you feel. The key is to practice every day. Repetition is how we train our brain to learn a new skill and establish a new habit.  

There are so many benefits to meditation that it is worth looking for a way that works for you. My favorite ways to meditate are using a mantra, as in Transcendental meditation, and also using certain applications that include high frequency soundwaves to help the brain truly relax and destress.   

Mindfulness requires a commitment to pause throughout the day, to assess and choose where to focus your mind. When you do, you will find that you can more than you ever thought possible, including being able to sit for 5-20 minutes or more in a meditation practice.

Client Reviews

When I call Tracey I usually have doubts or lack a plan to approach my problems. After I talk with Tracey for just 15 minutes, she is amazing…

Read More…

Virginia Berman

“Tracey’s coaching has been instrumental in helping me regain my sense of self, confidence, and joy. When my world turned upside down…”

Read More…

Christine Martell

Assoc. Professor UC Denver, CO

“Having you as a resource benefits me in two major ways: It improves my open mindedness and gives me the confidence…”

Read More…

Nathaniel Klugman

Land Planner & Musician, Austin Texas

“In the first ELPN Leadership Training we used the Personality Color Indicator…”

Read More…

Nesreen Kawar

Nesreen Kawar, Project Developer, Oakland, CA

“I have worked with Tracey for 8 years and she has helped me immensely. The value of her coaching is deep but relatively simple, she has helped me a significantly better leader.”

Read More…

Scott Clark

CEO TTLC Denver, Colorado

“I have worked with Tracey for several years. We have a great sharing of energy in how we accomplish work in my life…”

Read More…

Joe Fraser

Capital Relations TTLC , San Ramon, CA

“If you are part of a corporation that is interested in making a shift towards more collaboration and having a work environment…”

Read More…

Stacey Winn

Communications Consultant, Berkeley, California

“Thank you for your time and personal touch.  I have benefited greatly…”

Read More…

Leah Beniston

Dir. of Entitlements, San Ramon, CA

“Tracey is my guardian angel is how I will have categorized my time with her. Without getting into great details…”

Read More…

Don Kirby

Business Dev. Exec., Chicago, IL

“Words cannot express how grateful I am for you.  Working with you changed my life and I can honestly say…”

Read More…

Deana Keck

Exec. VP of C.D. & Sales, Pine Canyon, AZ

Join Tracey on Facebook


and receive free weekly coaching.