You have decided to begin your meditation journey, but you aren’t quite sure where to start. You know the benefits meditation has to offer you, and you have begun to explore the different meditation techniques. You have even decided to add meditation to your morning routine so that you can have a clear mind for the day.
You may find it difficult to meditate if this is your first time attempting it. But that is normal with any new thing we do in our lives. You may find it difficult to maintain regular practice or may feel discomfort, frustration. You may find it boring or even have doubtful thoughts of if this will even work in the first place. You may also find it frustrating when you can’t keep your focus while trying to meditate. This is all natural.
Sitting alone with your mind and your thoughts requires commitment, discipline and perseverance if you wish to experience the wonders of meditation. There are no quick fixes when it comes to mending our mental health, especially if we have been experiencing stress and anxiety for quite some time.
Here are a few tips that can help you through common obstacles that many beginners encounter. They intend to help you stay motivated and on track to achieving your goals.
Before You Meditate
Meditating in the morning ensures that you can actually make time to meditate. Your day may be packed full of things you have to do and by the end of the day, meditation may no longer be on the top of your list after fatigue sets in. Plus, morning meditation is a nice way to start your day; with calmness and clarity.
Put Aside Time
If you aren’t able to meditate in the morning, find a time where you can commit to meditating. Ensure that you can set that time aside each day preferably without interruption. Make meditation a regular part of your daily routine. This will be important if you plan to make meditation a lasting habit.
Get Creative About Location
The best thing about meditation is that you can meditate practically anywhere. Your home, office, walking, on a bus, or in a taxi. It doesn’t matter where it happens, as long as you can find the stillness and not be interrupted or disturbed.
If you choose to meditate at home, set up a certain place where you will be able to meditate. Similar to your own sanctuary filled with items that make you feel relaxed and puts you in the mood to meditate.
Be in a Comfortable Position
Sitting cross-legged is stereotypical and, if you’re not used to it, can be very painful and being in pain can cause a distraction. Rather than the stereotypical way of sitting, try a few optimized meditation poses until you find the one that works for you.
Tips During Meditation
Most meditation techniques involve focusing on the breath and using your breath as an anchor for the mind. But don’t try to think too hard about your breathing or try to alter it in anyway. Simply notice the rising and falling sensation your breath creates as you inhale through your nose and exhale in the same manner.
Get Comfortable With Discomfort
When meditating, whether you are a beginner or intermediate, will experience negative emotions such as anxiety, restlessness and irritation when meditating. Give them your attention and don’t resist them. Let them come and go and notice the way you feel about them. Overtime, your mind will get used to the negative thoughts but it won’t get caught up on them. By practicing this, it can be beneficial even when you’re not meditating.
Take Mindfulness With You
Mindfulness is being aware of your surroundings using your senses. You are simply to observe the things around you and take note of them without judgement. Meditation can help enhance this skill, but you can use it even when you’re not meditating. Bring this mindfulness in your everyday activities.
Check in With Yourself
After your meditation sessions, take a few minutes to notice how you feel physically, mentally and emotionally. The more you establish a connection between meditation and feeling better, the more you will be motivated to find the time to practice everyday.
Remember the Benefits of Meditation
Those who practice meditation experience decreased stress and sadness and heightened levels of happiness, patience, acceptance, and compassion. We can also experience diminishing traits such as fear, stress and anxiety and lowered levels of frustration and sadness.
Practicing mindful meditation on a regular basis can also be a great way to manage stress and boost compassion, self-esteem, focus and empathy. We can also enhance our energy and happiness levels.
Record Any Excuses
Don’t feel like meditating today? Why not? Write down and take note on why you don’t want to or why you didn’t feel like it or have time to do it. Physically seeing the excuses written down will help minimize the excuses. When you go to meditate the next day, the excuse won’t have the same power it had on you the next day. Especially when you realize how important meditation is to your health.
Meditate with a Buddy
If you have a hard time meditating by yourself, find a friend or family member to meditate with you. You don’t have to meditate at the same time if your schedules don’t match, but it helps to get you motivated to meditating on a regular basis. You will be forced to take some sort of accountability and will less likely make excuses to not meditate.
Try to resist the urge to want to judge how your meditation sessions are going or if they are making an impact on your mental health. Instead, at the end of your session, take a minute to notice how you feel mentally and physically. Do you feel better than when you first began our meditation session.
Summing It Up
Meditation can be hard when first starting out. You may get a sense of fear and doubt as you begin. But remember the benefits meditation has to offer you. Remember why you decided to meditate in the first place and stay focused on your goals. Use the tips above as guidelines and make adjustments where needed to make meditation an enjoyable experience for you to make you want to come back and enjoy it day after day.
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