Tips for Meditation

1. Routine – make the practice of meditation part of your daily routine, at least once per day but preferably twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening. After a while your mindset will change and you automatically know it is your time to meditate.

2. Prepare – you should feel comfortable from the beginning to end of your session; prepare by doing some light stretching to loosen any tight muscles and relax your body. This will also help start to switch off from busy dayload and prepare your mind for the session.

3. Breathing – begin your meditation by breathing deeply and slowly, this will help to quickly develop your focus and further relax your body and mind.

4. Maintain focus – it is important when distractions occur (and intially they will occur) that you bring your focus back to your breathing; try to ignore the distraction, let come and then go, don’t get annoyed or frustrated by it.

5. Stay motivated – there are many different forms of meditation, try different methods and try different positions for meditation, whether that be sat crossed legged, laid flat, sat on a chair or a recliner. Also, listen to a variety of meditation music; all things combined, you will find what suits you and have a graeter meditative experience.

6. Extra meditation sessions – It is possible to meditate outside of your normal sessions; you can practice breathing techniques anytime of the day, while you are work, during a break etc, practice your breathing technique until it becomes second nature and you are doing it without thinking.

7. Equipment – using items such as mala beads, a zafu, CDs and comfortable clothing can aid in your motivation to meditate and really put you in the correct mindset for meditation.

8. Joint meditation – meditating with a friend can help motivation, it opens up the pathway for discussion and ideas. Your experience of meditation and levels consciousness may be greater when meditating with someone close.

9. Early meditation – meditating early in the morning may be more beneficial due to having a clearer mind and being more relaxed. it may be more difficult to meditate at the end of a hard day at work when your mind it full of the days thoughts and scenarios and body is more tense.

10. Log – keep a log of your meditation sessions, places, times, dates etc. Also note any experiences you have had and the levels that you reached. After a few weeks or months revisit your log, take a look at the results from early sessions and comapre them to latter sessions and notice the improvements.

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