Whether you use a mantra, the breath, or a candle to help you focus, meditation has been around for thousands of years and has been practiced in at least that many different ways. Let’s face it, when it comes to the practice, what could be easier than sitting quietly with your focus directed inwards?
For some, attempting to cultivate that relationship with self presents a challenge. Who wants to see and experience all those uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and beliefs? That said, for others who have been meditating for a while, the challenge is just part of the experience that when transcended, helps you to better understand yourself and the world.
Checkout the 7 hints below to help you on your meditation journey:
1. Create Time: Time should be set aside for your practice everyday. Twice a day (once in the morning and again in the evening) is preferred. 20-30 minutes is optimal. Meditation can be done anytime, but it’s better to do when arising and before that evening meal.
2. Get Into A Habit: Make a commitment to meditate at the same time each and everyday. Developing a schedule not only helps to get you into a rhythm, but it also signals to the Universe your intent to meditate.
3. Where You Practice: Equally as important as meditating the same time everyday is the need to meditate in the same place. By using the same meditation pillow or other cushion you can help train your brain to go into your practice much more quickly.
4. Comfort Is Key: Give yourself the opportunity to be comfortable in your practice. Regardless of what ends up coming up for you, using a pillow, cushion, or mat can make all the difference when the desire is to sit for an extended period of time. And take advantage of a wall or chair back. Getting support for your back doesn’t make your practice any less important.
5. Process: After you finish your practice, give yourself at least 5 minutes in which to readjust to the normal world. Allow yourself the opportunity to begin to integrate the material that came into consciousness.
6. Let Go: While not all thoughts and feelings are going to be rosy when meditating, it’s important to not judge or criticize your experience. Remember you are just getting to know yourself. Be compassionate.
7. Be Patient: Inner peace takes time. When beginning a meditation practice appreciate the fact that you are even willing to look within. In time you will get the hang of it and be able to site for greater periods of time.