Meditation is an incredible habit to get into daily and delivers many benefits when done correctly. But you may be asking, how do I meditate properly?
It can be frustrating when you initially start. You’ve heard about the wonders of meditation, of how you should feel, of the complete mindfulness you should be experiencing, but where is it?
The chances are when you start meditating is you won’t fall into a state of complete relaxation on your first try. In fact, you’ll probably be frustrated at irritating thoughts, of itches that seem to crop up all over the place, and outside noises that jar you out of relaxation.
But it does get easier. Like everything, you just need to practice. It can take people six months before they start seeing the benefits of meditation. All you need to so to start is set aside a little time each day to practice and use the following 8 tips.
How Do I Meditate Properly?
1) Choose a Time that Suits You
Meditation is in essence, a time to relax and gain energy and can be performed at any time throughout the day. There is no perfect time, or hour that is better than another. You can choose a time that suits you and your needs.
Some people find it more enjoyable to engage in a deep meditation early in the morning, before they go to work or embark on the hectic day that lays ahead of them. Others feel that before bed allows them to calm their mind and enables them to enter a deeper sleep.
Once you’re free from external disturbances and able to enter a deep state of relaxation, you will benefit immensely regardless of the chosen time.
2) Choose a Quiet Place
When you first begin meditating it is advisable to find somewhere that you can really relax. Somewhere that is quiet and peaceful. Where you will be free from any disturbances. Having a place where we can be free from distractions will help as we try to quite the mind and focus on our breathing.
Many people find that having candles in the room can aid the relaxation even more and helps ease them into a meditating state. Overall, make sure you have the correct energy within the room.
3) Do a Warm Up
Don’t worry we don’t mean jog a few laps here, we simply mean doing a few stretches first. Stretching will help you loosen your muscles and tendons, allowing you to ease into your meditation position more comfortably.
Additionally, stretching starts the process of “going inward” and brings added attention to the body.
4) Lie Down or Sit Up?
Choosing a position that suits us can help make meditation easier. Sitting up or lying down, pick what feels most comfortable to you. The most common position is sitting. I think we have all seen an image somewhere of people sitting on cushion on the floor with their legs crossed meditating, but you can also meditate perfectly in a chair or even on a stool.
Some people like to meditate with their eyes open and others with their eyes closed. The most important thing is that you are comfortable in whichever position you choose.
5) Get the right posture
Posture is one of the most important parts of meditation. You must always choose a posture that will enable you to experience a steady, comfortable and relaxed state.
If sitting it can be helpful to imagine a piece of string pulling your head, neck and back straight up towards your ceiling. Most of the people consider the Padmasana or the lotus position for meditation.
6) Practice Patience
When we first begin meditating it is possible to become liable to frustration. Our mind, with its ability to think about many thoughts at one time, can be somewhat difficult to quieten. We must be patient at this stage and know that with time we will succeed.
Focusing on our body parts as we breathe can be helpful. Perhaps moving from our feet up to our head. Taking notice of the way each part of us feel as we breathe in and out deeply and slowly. If and when our mind becomes distracted, we must simply call it back to focus on a single thing.
Some people have found that focusing their attention on a candle can be extremely beneficial in making the process of meditation much easier.
7) Try meditation on an empty stomach
The best time to mediate is when you have an empty stomach. It is the nature of human beings to feel drowsy after having a meal.
In case you are feeling hungry, make sure to have a light meal and meditate two to three hours later.
8) Meditation on the go
You can meditate anytime, anywhere. Even on your way to work every morning. Meditating for as little as one minute a day can add tremendous benefits to your life.
Simply focusing on your breathing for one minute is meditation. Focus on breathing, in for five seconds, hold for a further five seconds and then release again for five seconds, repeating for a minute.
This is a simple form of meditation that can be done anywhere. Well perhaps not while driving! Any form of detachment from the stresses of your daily life is meditation. Even if you are out for a walk you can meditate. Many people find it easier to mediate as they walk because they feel more grounded.
So, how do I meditate properly? These 8 tips should answer that question and set you up on your meditation journey.