Meditation does not solve my problems or stresses, but the practice does give me space from both.
Next I will focus on breathe work, then listen to a chanted mantra and finish with meditation or prayer. I cue up my breathing video, manta and timer before I begin. I prefer lying on my couch with a pillow under my knees to sitting. I keep a blanket nearby as it is not unusual for my body temperature to drop during my practice.
For breathe work, I like the Wim Hoff method of 30 inhales and exhales and then a hold. In this video the holds are 30 second, a minute and a minute and 30 seconds. I like how my body tingles durning the holds and how I am working my lungs. It my take time to work up to the longer holds. If I need a sip of breathe, I take it. When I feel anxious, I find alternating pats the top of each thigh calms me.
Next I listen to a mantra. I find that repeating the mantra helps me to focus, even if I am only repeating OM.
Om Asatoma Sad-Gamay (Lead me from the untruth to the Truth) Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya (Lead me from darkness to light) Mrytror-Maa Amritam Gamaya (Lead me from death to immortality)
For the final step, I use a timer on the free app Insight Timer. Most days I use my five minute preset.
After the timer ends, I take a couple of moments to reenter the world. As I have to get ready for work, I make a point to listen to music or a positive podcast to help me stay in this relaxed, peaceful space as long as possible.
It took me a long time to mai rain a regular meditation practice. I tried lots of different things, but found that this practice is what works for me.