Many people try meditating and say it’s difficult. They say “I can’t get into it” or “it doesn’t work for me”.
This is usually because they are not used to sitting in silence or just sitting still for a few minutes. They are always doing something and meditation feels like a waste of time. But meditation does require you to do something. It requires you to focus!
Focusing your mind to achieve a sense of stillness which can bring about you feeling more peaceful, relaxed or calm, which in turn will allow you to gain some stress relief, mental clarity or focus. The calm feelings you have whilst meditating will continue to be with you long after the session of meditation has finished. Being ‘good’ at meditation can take time but with the right teacher or system for you it could happen very quickly too. Don’t feel too frustrated if it doesn’t happen straight away just try another teacher or system.
Here are 6 things you can do to help you enjoy your meditation journey
1. Don’t expect to get it first time
Like most things you want to achieve it takes practice, time and focus. You wouldn’t expect to be able to speak a new language fluently after 2 minutes! Keep the faith and stay focused.
2. Find a time that suits you & make it a regular occurrence
Finding a time and a place where you will not be disturbed will help you to stay focused. Make a commitment to meditate every day for 21 consecutive days.
3. Start with a 2-3 minute session
If you are new to meditation a short period of silence is a good start; anything longer than a few minutes may feel like a lifetime. Start small and build up. There’s no hurry, it’s not a race, just relax.
4. Choose something simple
A simple breathing meditation will help to get your mind focused on relaxing and being mindful of what you are doing.
5. Find a friend or join a group
Learning with a friend can sometime make it easier and more enjoyable and you can also share your experiences. When learning in group sessions the teacher will be able to guide and support you.
6. Follow a guided meditation
There are many guided meditations on sale or free on YouTube. Find one that suits your style, with a voice that you find relaxing and calming.
If you follow these simple steps and build on them, you will start enjoying the mental peace and clarity that meditation brings to thousands of people every day.
Have a listen to some basic tip on how to meditate from one of the world’s greatest teachers.
Sharon has been working as a complementary therapist for over 10 years and loves helping people to feel more uplifted, focused and positive about their life.
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