12 Tips to successful Meditation
In case you are looking to try a different method, to experiment with something new, or to try and start meditating altogether, I have explored a few of the most common practices among meditators. So here is a great list of 12 tips for how to start meditating for beginners.
Just a few minutes every day is much more effective than a few hours once a week.
Use a Timer
Having a timer helps the mind not think about time. You can use any basic timer.
Find A Happy, Quiet Place
The less distractions, the better. The more clearly your mind can feel, the more productive your meditation will be.
Set An Intention
It can be helpful to think about what you want to gain from the meditation before you start. Your intentions can range anywhere from gaining more creativity, being more present, visualizing a goal.
Focus on your breath
By focusing on your breath, you can easily begin to feel your mind clear up and being more in the present moment. You can focus on your breath in many different ways. By feeling the expansion of your lungs, by getting caught up in the rhythm, by feeling the air pass through your nose, or by just the sound of breathing.
It’s OK to fail at first. It is something new. Just try to focus for 30 seconds and build up from there. Before you know it, you will be a master meditator.
Be mindful of how you are feeling
See if you are feeling anything in particular. Anxious, excited, worried, stressed, calm, or busy. Look at that feeling, feel it, and be okay with it. Pay attention to it, we often times get caught up in our daily lives that we don’t give our own emotions the time of day.
Likewise, be a peace with all of the different thoughts and feelings that arise while you are meditating. As in, don’t judge them as good or bad thoughts, right or wrong thoughts, simply just notice them, and let them pass by.
Know Your Mind
We are often too busy with distractions to pay much attention to our own thoughts, nonetheless how we process them. By giving your mind and your thought processes the attention they deserve, you can get to know yourself much better.
Count Your Breath
If you find that your mind keeps wandering and you can’t seem to focus, try simply counting your breaths. Try counting only until 5, then start again. This will help to calm and slow you down.
There are many guided meditations online, or even guided meditation apps you can download. These help guide you through the process. They create a calm and tranquil environment in your mind, and give you suggestion on where to put your focus.
Join A Friend
Meditating with a friend or even a meditation community, can be a powerful experience. First, since you are not the only one meditating, it holds you accountable for your meditation. Secondly, the energy a group of people meditating in a room creates can be really motivating. Also, it is good to have support from people who have experience or are also interested in meditating.
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