When it comes to meditating, finding those moments of peace and stillness isn't always so easy — but luckily, using pictures for those moments can help. If you're wondering how to start meditating, it definitely takes some work. For a process that's all about letting go, it takes a surprising amount of focus. But what it's really all about is just taking some time out of our day to check in with your body, your mind, and let go of the stress and worries that you've been holding so tightly to all day long. You know those moments when you realize that you've been clenching your jaw tightly shut, or you've been furrowing your brow without even realizing it? This kind of mindfulness can not only help you be more aware, but help you release that tension.
There are all different kinds of meditation, and you can find a bounty of scripts and videos online. But personally, our favorite kinds are the guided ones, and when we have a strong visual to go along with them, more the better. A few deep breaths go a long way — but so does having a little something to get you started. So we picked out some gorgeous pictures that you can use to help focus your mind and channel your energy into thinking about something peaceful. Have you always felt safe out on the beach? Do you prefer the quiet stillness of a lake, or the soft sounds of a forest? There's a little something for everyone, here. And if you're not sure how to meditate using a picture, well, don't worry, because we'll walk you through it with each individual image. They even might come in handy if you decide to tackle meditation with the little ones in your life too.
The best part? All you need is just a few minutes to get started. If you'd like to meditate for longer, you can do that, too. Ready to take a few moments for yourself now? Check out the gallery below to find a visual meditation that works for you... or try them all.