Meditation is beneficial for everyone. But, for empaths, meditation to be non-negotiable. I am an empath and mediation teacher. Who came to meditation while learning how to deal with being an empath.
I know first-hand how important a mediation practice is to avoid overwhelm as an empath.
Let’s dig into why this is and how to get your meditation practice started.
Why is Meditation Good for Empaths?
As empaths we take on a lot of other people’s energy. This excess can make us unsure of ourselves and overloaded with emotions. Leaving us struggling to function. Meditation allows empaths to release others’ emotions. Get in touch with our own feelings and ensure we are grounded.
For me these are the four main reasons that I use meditation to manage my empath gifts:
What Type of Meditation is Good for Empaths?
Luckily the benefits of meditation for empaths are not tied to the type of meditation you use. In fact, you may find it helpful to practice many types depending on what you need.
For example, the following types could be used for:
- Guided meditation is helpful for empath protection, energy release, cord cutting or relaxation.
- Body Scan can be used for grounding, healing, and relaxation.
- Mantra/Affirmation is a great if you need to strengthen boundaries. And how you process your empath gifts.
- Silent or Zen Meditation is good for calming, releasing all attachments and relaxation.
Instead of the type of meditation you use being the most important thing, consistency is. So, let’s dig into how to start your practice.
Tips for Starting a Meditation Practice
When I first started meditating, it was sporadic. I struggled. I tried to focus only on one type, thought it had to be “perfect” and went completely against my nature to be active.
It took me years to make it a daily practice.
So, these tips are based on my inability to get off to a good start!
Don’t Worry About Doing it Right
There are many types of meditation that are very strict in how it should be done. But at it’s core it is about learning to calm your mind, so that you can connect to your higher self and the universe.
If it is easier for you to do this by standing on one foot instead of cross-legged on the floor. Then please stand on one leg! If it is easier for you to do this by selecting a style that is strict – then do so!
You are unique, so how you meditate does not have to be like everyone else. If it works for you, then it works for you.
You can't mess it up!
Experiment With Many Styles
You don't have to stick with one type. Keep trying till you find one you like. If you are brand new to meditation, you may find it helpful to try one type a week. This way you get a full week with one, and then can try another. Unless of course you fall in love with the first on you try!
You may find you end up with a practice that combine a few styles. In my own practice I use many different ones depending on my mood and what I need.
There is no Perfect Amount of Time
You don’t have to start immediately meditating for an hour. It does not take a specific amount of time to get benefits from meditating.
This is especially true with empaths. If you need a mid-day re-balancing, you may be able to get the benefits in five minutes. But after an intense encounter with an energy vampire, you may need that full hour.
How to Get Started Meditating
What Time to Mediate?
Pick out a time that you want to mediate. Making part of your routine is important. I add mine to my morning, so it doesn't get passed over because something comes up.
Where to Mediate?
Decide where you are going to mediate. Again, this is very personal so anywhere that works for you. The key here is that you should try at the start to always be in the same space. This will help turn your practice into a routine.
Type of Meditation
Decide what type you want to start with. If you are brand new, you can use an app to guide you. There are many out there that have beginner courses or structured set ups. I have tried many of them, and while there is variation between them. I have found nothing major that I would caution you away from one. This really is much more about personality. Most of them have free trials, so pick one and start. Or you can also head to YouTube, find someone you like and meditate there. (My Meditations on YouTube)
That is really it. You don’t need much more than these to get started. If you decide on these three things right now, you can get your practice started right away!
Best Empath Meditation
If you are new to mediation, you may want to start with this deep cleaning meditation. I walk you through balancing your chakras, clearing energy, cutting cords and protecting yourself! You can use it here or on YouTube, my mediation podcast or Insight Timer.
I created a playlist on YouTube and Insight Timer for you to find specific empath meditation.
Need help with managing your empath gifts? Learn more about my empath coaching.