Meditation is not just a habit, it’s a way of life. Once you understand the potential benefits that you can gain from doing meditation, you will never want to stop.
Meditation has tons of benefits like:
- It makes you calmer.
- It reduces stress, anxiety, and chances of depression.
- You become more compassionate
- It helps you feel relaxed in trying situations.
- You sleep better.
But a lot of people struggle with meditation. It is not because they find this meaningless, but they are unable to concentrate. A lot of people who start mediation find themselves wondering about their chores or their fight with their partner or so on. Not able to concentrate is a big issue, but it should not make you give up on meditation.
Start small and let your mind wander. After a little while, this habit will become a part of you, and your mind won’t wander. Also, check out below to find specific tips that will help you practice meditation better.
Things to keep in mind while meditating
1. No criticizing if your mind wanders
Naturally, your mind will wander when you meditate. It happens a lot when you start this, but it gets better. Even if after years of meditating, distraction gets you sometimes, don’t criticize, or judge yourself.
Instead, pat yourself on the back that even after distraction, you remained focused on your meditation.
2. Start small
Having realistic goals are important. If you start meditating for 10 minutes straight, you won’t last. The anxiety from thinking that you have to meditate for so long will make you give up after a minute or so.
Instead, start small, for example, start with two minutes of silence, and breathe in and out, and do your chants. When you can do it without any distraction for a week or so, increase your time.
Meditation too has various types, like mindfulness, loving-kindness, visualization, and so on. It will take some time for you to find something that you resonate with.
So, experiment with different types of meditation, and then stick with one which makes you feel best. Of course, you can switch it up once a while.
4. Comfort is important
While doing meditation, comfort is crucial. So, if you get a backache when you meditate sitting on the floor, do it on a chair or meditate standing up.
Whatever position you find comfortable is what will help you get better results.
Just keep in mind that you don’t get too comfortable that you fall asleep or feel drowsy.
Also, when you start meditating, don’t worry about these details. Just find a quiet place, close your eyes, and start meditating. The how and where you can figure out later when you are more in tone with this.
5. Make it a morning thing
Mediating at night is great too, but mostly we are too tired to do anything, and we fell asleep right away. That is why you must meditate first thing in the morning.
After waking up, meditate and you will feel energized and positive the whole day. You can meditate after working out too.
6. Accept your body and mental state
You may have pain in the body, or you might be feeling anxious when you sit down to meditate. Don’t ignore this state, but accept them when you meditate.
Whatever you are feeling is part of you, and it will get better if you acknowledge them while meditating.
7. Start with your breath
Don’t start chanting right away. First, focus on your breath. Breathe in and out, and focus on it for at least 30 seconds.
8. Have a meditation space
Having a specific place for mediation can make quite a difference. So, find a quiet place, it can be your garden or the corner of your room. Create inspirational posters that you can make using Canva and hang on the walls or so on. Don’t have any clutter there, have dim lights, and make it a peaceful place.
“Your goal is not to battle with the mind, but to witness the mind.”– Swami Muktananda.
The above quote justifies the practice of mediation. If you want to improve your life-quality, start meditation today!