Checkout these 4 quick tips to help you focus your meditation and ensure a stellar practice.
1. Release those expectations…they take you out of the moment!
As a beginning meditator, keep in mind that you are just starting to learn a practice. It would be unrealistic to expect that you are going to be a meditation master within a couple of months. Luckily, when it comes to meditation, the only requirement is that you do it. Practice, practice, practice! As you continue on your path you will find that dropping in and connecting to that internal awareness becomes much easier. Above all, stay out of those monkey mind driven expectations as they keep you in the past and in the future rather than in the present moment.
2. Peace and serenity is found in the present.
People tend to be happiest when their awareness resides in the present moment. Rather than thinking about past experiences they wish could have gone differently or future events that they would like to control, meditation is an amazing opportunity to get to know yourself and the beautiful way in which your consciousness unfolds. Use a candle, mantra, or meditation music to help focus your mind on what’s in front of you.
3. Set an intention.
Most travelers will tell you that in order to get somewhere you need to know where you are going. Meditation works a little bit like that. Is there something you are working on in your personal life? Are you having difficulty with a particular feeling or emotion? One way to use meditation as a tool to help you get through life is to set an intention. Before your practice, bring into your awareness the question or concern, but don’t obsess on it. Rather, begin your practice while holding space for that intention and watch what happens! You might just get the answer you are looking for.
4. Appreciate what you are doing.
Although meditation can be challenging at times when those uncomfortable feelings, emotions, and beliefs arise, the practice can also be quite exciting. Regardless of what comes up, it’s important to appreciate that many of us have spent years neglecting this most important relationship, the one with ourselves. As you get to know yourself, there are going to be some experiences that you don’t care for. On the other hand, you are sure to find some parts of yourself that you really like and that you just simply forgot about.