When you’re first starting out with meditation, it can be overwhelming and difficult. That’s why we put together these 7 tips to make it a bit easier for you.
While these tips are great to help make meditation less of a struggle, we also have an article on how to meditate with 3 simple ways to get started.
1. Avoid any disturbance
It’s not helpful if your phone rings or someone enters the room when you meditate. Turn off or mute all potentially disturbing electronics, make sure no one bothers you for the next while. And don’t make any compromise here. Worrying about potentially getting disturbed is not helping either, so do everything you can to schedule yourself some “silent time”.
2. Plan ahead, and stick to it
One of the worst things you can do when you want to get better at meditating, is to “just wing it”. While it is nice to be able to meditate on the bus or while walking to work, it should replace your daily meditation routine. On the flip side, the best thing you can do is to schedule one or two set times per day when you meditate, for example 20 minutes first thing in the morning, and 20 minutes in the evening.
3. Experiment at first
In the beginning you should feel free to meditate with different tools, techniques and positions. Try with music, no music, listen to guided meditations, try different positions, explore different meditation techniques, etc. You will soon figure out what works best for you, and then you can start focusing on that moving forward.
It is much easier to meditate while relaxed and free of tension. You can try a relaxation technique, light some candles, take a bath, use some incense, listen to your favorite music beforehand, stretch your body, etc. You know best what works for you.
5. Focus on something
When meditating it can be distracting and counter-productive, to just “see where the mind takes you” (unless that is your pre-chosen purpose for the meditation). The point is that you should decide what your focus will be before you start the meditation session. You can focus on your breath, a mantra, a guided meditation tape, a picture, a visualization, etc.
6. Get help
Remember that you are not alone. If you feel stuck, you can read a book or two on meditation. Lacking in motivation? Seek out an online community, sign up for a meditation course, or see if there are any meditation groups close by where you live. Heck, you could even start your own local meditation group!
7. Don’t give up
Meditation works best if you make it a friend you wanna keep for life. Remind yourself that the times when it feels the hardest to meditate, are the times you need it most. Put meditation on your calendar, keep a meditation journal, sign up for courses, find meditation videos on youtube, read blogs, get engaged – just don’t give up.
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