A few years ago I signed up to a 21 day meditation course, I tried to make 20minutes a day but it didn’t really go too well. I had distractions, the playback was only available for up to five days and I fell behind. So, I tried again.

I found the next time a little easier, I got a little bit more prepared and found mornings were an ideal time for me to meditate. I used to listen on my phone before I got out of bed and I found it made my day feel a little bit more positive. I imagined it may actually be having an effect, but I wasn’t sure what. I found although I missed a few days I did make the 21 days and once the 21 days had ended I also realised I wanted to carry on my meditation. I began to search You Tube for morning meditations, I found some I liked and some I didn`t. I also decided to try and commit to meditating at least three times a week.

I`m not sure which year I started meditating, but I suspect it`s longer than I think, as I seem to find events I think are a year ago are actually four or five. I`ve tried several different techniques, I enjoyed a Futurelearn course about mindfulness and I signed up to the take 10 on Headspace, along with Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey 21 day meditation techniques. It`s certainly worth experimenting with, as they are very different.

I now meditate regularly in the mornings, as I know it`s a good habit.  I often only meditate for ten minutes, which doesn`t sound much, but I have busy days and I find meditating stops me from heading to overwhelm so easily. As a therapist I need to be in the right space to give therapies and it ensures I can clear my mind for my sessions. I find my therapy sessions can also be moving meditations, as I focus on what I am doing.

It`s easy to put meditation off, as it doesn’t seem that important to other things and there isn`t really enough time in the day. If it has been something on your to do list though, I would encourage you to sign up to a scheme and practice it daily to get into a routine. After a week or two you`ll notice a few benefits, you may not be able to name them but you may notice a shift in your thoughts or attitude and it`s these that will develop the longer you commit it.

Louise Morgan Holistic TherapistLouise is an holistic therapist who owns Therapy Centre, Bristol BS14 9HB, a clinic offering a range of holistic and beauty therapies. Louise offers reflexology, aromatherapy, aromatology, holistic massage, Indian head massage, reiki, baby massage and story massage. She is a mum of two boys and when she is not working she enjoys getting outdoors with her family. For further information about Louise you can visit her website louise-morgan.co.uk. The therapy centre website is kinsaletherapycentre.co.uk, the contact number is 01275 217160