One of the most challenging things that a meditator faces is keeping to a regular practice. With the monkey mind attempting to sabotage one’s mental health at every turn, meditation is not only an act of inward reflection, but it entails a certain amount of discipline and dedication. Discouragement, fear, confusion, and distraction are all a part of it. However, if you really want to experience all the benefits that meditation has to offer, one must resign oneself to giving it a shot. And as they say, if you fall off the horse, simply get back up, dust yourself off, and try again.
Checkout this recent US News & World Report courtesy of Health Day that provides 4 solid tips to keep in mind when practicing meditation.
- Select a meditation technique that fits your lifestyle and belief system. Many people build meditation into their daily routine.
- Set aside some time. Start with 5-minute meditation sessions once or twice a day and work up to 20 minutes each time.
- Keep trying. Be kind to yourself as you get started. If you’re meditating and your attention wanders, slowly return to the object, sensation or movement you’re focusing on.
- Make meditation part of your life. Many people prefer to start and end their day with a period of meditation. Others prefer to take meditation breaks during the day. Experiment and find out what works best for you.
Read more about meditation, the alternative healing practice that benefits your mind, body, and spirit here.