Having a reason to meditate and keeping that reason in the front of our mind helps us to continue with our practice.  I first started meditating because all the cool successful people I admired were doing it. My meditation practice of choice was guided visualisation. It allowed me to dream-up and create an exciting vision. Soon enough I could see success was unfolding right in front of my eyes. I was so confident with my vision I considered it a done deal….all I had to do was wait for the universe to deliver it. Boom! I was hooked.

So I was living my dream and teaching people about self-care and my choice of meditation evolved into full body relaxation. For the next few years I enjoyed laying down and switching off.  My focus was to relax my entire body and activate the parasympathetic nervous system ( responsible for relaxation) and basically just to feel good. Connecting to my body most days I started to noticed some tension in my right abdomen…long story short I requested an ultrasound from the doctor and turns out I had a stage 3 tumor growing. Getting quiet helped me connect to my body and recognise something wasn’t quite right.

So then I had a new reason to meditate, Cancer. I’ve pretty much put that past me now although it’s still one of the reasons I meditate. I keep a list in the front of my diary of all the great reasons or benefits for me to mediate. When I feel myself avoiding meditation I read the list and come to the quick conclusion that ‘it’s worth it’!

Here are some great reason’s to mediate. You might like to choose one for the next week which will motivate you to spend a few moments each day in meditation. I’ve highlighted my reasons below.


Now, if your still reading you might be keen to put this into practice.

Let the class begin….

  1. Gently close your eyes for the next 30 seconds and take a deep breath in and out. Notice how you body is feeling. Describe it in one word. Write it down.
  2. What is one reason/motivator to meditate this week? Right it down where you can see it every day.
  3.  What is your choice of meditation? You might like to choose a mediation from my recordings over on SoundCloud.  There is a range from 3 minutes to 15 minutes.
  4. After the meditation, again close your eyes for 30 seconds, take a deep breath in and out and notice how your body is feeling. Describe it in one word.

This is mine below.  When I woke up this morning I felt some tension and ‘effort’ in my body. My reason to meditate was to ‘feel good’ in my body. I did a 15 minute mindfulness meditation practice. I assessed my body after and felt more at ‘ease’.

Committing to self-care is not always easy at first….but I’m telling you it’s so worth it.




About author: Deanne Brennan is a Life and Wellness Coach, Massage Therapist and Mindfulness Meditation Teacher. She is a big advocate for d.i.y health and happiness and loves sharing with others what works for her. She is available for private sessions to support you to feel good and live well.  http://www.thinkoutloud.com.au