Why I Use a Variety of Meditation Styles

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We all have different personalities, and our minds work in various ways.
Why I Use a Variety of Meditation Styles

As a lawyer with a background in Reiki, energy work, crystals, and mindfulness, Nicolle Kopping-Pavars helps people live with purpose and become a source of joy, wisdom, and kindness. Here, she talks about meditation, taking it slow when exploring how to start meditating, the importance of mindful speech, and how all of our needs are different.

Q: How did you find your meditation style, and why does it work so well for you?

A: I had to discover and explore many types of meditation before I found what worked for me. Meditation is not cookie-cutter in that everyone will enjoy any kind. We all have different personalities, and our minds work in various ways. Therefore, you have to find the meditation style that best suits your needs. I have a hectic brain, so repeating a mantra was frustrating; it invaded my already bustling thoughts. Connecting to my breath works to build my meditation practice. However, you also need to know why you are meditating. Sometimes, music works if I need to clear my mind; other times, gratitude or metta meditation techniques work.

Q: What's your top tip when people think about how to meditate for beginners?

A: Don't be too hard on yourself, and start slow. Starting a meditation practice is like deciding to run a marathon. Would you sign up for a 10K without any previous training?

Begin with five minutes and work up from there. The point of meditation is to help recognize when you lose focus. In that moment of recognition, go back to your meditation tool and start again. Being able to realize whenever you lose focus during sessions is essential to developing and sustaining an effective practice. With time, you'll notice that you don't veer away too often, and your mind enjoys its quiet time.

Q:What does your daily meditation practice look like?

A: My best time to meditate is first thing in the morning. I wake up and immediately give thanks for waking up to face this new day. I do a daily 30-minute meditation. In the warmer months, I go outside to do it. Throughout my day, I take deep breaths, bringing awareness into the moment — in other words, being aware of my body and mind at any given moment.

Q: What are the greatest benefits you've received from meditating?

A: My meditation practice is often like a microcosm of what is going on in my outer world. When my meditation is scattered and restless, and I feel unsettled, it is usually because I am uneasy about work or an issue in my personal life. Meditation has allowed me to develop a more mindful and insightful approach to life.

Q:What are your favorite topics to focus on in your classes?

A: I love teaching about mindfulness in everyday life; for example, how the very things that prevent us from having a "good" meditation are the same things that prevent us from moving through life stress-free.

I love sharing the importance of mindful speech and how walking through the gateway of mindful speech brings truth and awareness to our very being. I love talking about compassion and random acts of kindness. I love talking about how our mind works and how what we think is the truth often isn't.

I am also very intuitive with my classes, so I get a feel for what is needed at the moment.

Try this meditation class, Slow Down Your Busy Mind, by meditation teacher Alison Hutchens, to explore which techniques best resonate as you learn how to build a practice.

Header photo: MmeEmil/Getty Images

About the Teacher

Nicolle Kopping-Pavars

Nicolle Kopping-Pavars

After starting her career as a lawyer in Southern Africa in 1996, Nicolle Kopping-Pavars immigrated to Canada in 2008 with her husband, 1-year-old son and three suitcases. She had to completely rebuild her career in order to become accredited in her new country. She was successful in doing so, but something was missing. “Even though I was doing what I loved and what I believe I was called to do, I started sensing something dark lurking in the depths of my soul and I didn’t like it,” she says. Thus began her personal self-development journey, in which she read a lot, attended mindfulness retreats and workshops, and became a reiki practitioner. Although she was feeling better, she looked around at her colleagues, all of whom were stressed and overwhelmed, and felt she could do something more. From there, Nicolle committed to a yearlong teacher training certification focused on mindfulness in law, and in 2017, she went to Thailand for two weeks to deepen her practice and study with the monks in the northern part of Thailand. She furthered her teacher training by taking an intense teacher training course in the Forest Monk Therevada tradition. Nicolle founded Lotus-Law to introduce meditation, mindfulness and emotional intelligence to the legal profession and to the public at large. In 2020, Nicolle rebranded her practice as the Transformational Lawyer, through which she brings all her disciplines — law, reiki, energy work, crystals and mindfulness — under one umbrella.
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