Meditation is the practice of quieting the mind, coming face to face with your thoughts, listening to them, embracing them, and resolving them, turning your chaotic mind into a peaceful haven, a safe place. Through meditation, you can improve the quality of your life because meditation reduces stress, promotes happiness, and improves memory. During meditation, you can visualize your dreams, recite your affirmations, and reduce negative emotions. It is the simplest way to enhance your mental and emotional health. A once ancient practice has become the daily ritual of many because of its amazing benefits. In a world where we are so busy living, maybe pausing for a minute to catch your breath would not be so bad, after all. If you would like to add meditation to your daily ritual or are just curious and would like to give it a try, here are a few things that would make your experience less daunting.
Create a Comfortable Space
Think of your meditation space as a temple, a place where you are safe, where you can relax and be completely free. For this reason, you have to put a lot of thought into choosing/creating your space. Even though mediation can be done outside the home, you definitely need a meditation corner at home. Make sure it is serene, clean, and well ventilated. You can also add a few materials to improve your meditation, such as scented candles, incense, daily journal, and flowers.
Set a Time for Your Meditation Practice
You have to set aside a particular time for your meditation. It could be in the morning after you wake up or at night before you go to bed. However, I’d like to suggest you do it early in the morning because this will help set the tone for your day. When you chose a time, try to stick with it. When you do so, it becomes programmed into your brain. Practice they say makes perfect, and activities repeated over time become habits.
Start Your Meditation With a Goal
What particular area of your life needs attention? Meditation is a form of self-care. You are honoring parts of self you have been neglecting, healing wounds that have been left unattended, and addressing issues you failed to confront. No matter what your need is, start your meditation with the desire to meet that particular need. If you have no pressing issue or concern, you can just focus on enjoying your quiet time before getting pulled into the chaos of living.
Relaxing might be the most challenging thing to do when the thoughts in your head are running a relay race, but that is fine. Instead of fighting them, welcome them, treat them as part of your meditation. Resistance will only make them harder to quiet. Create a rhythm, let there be a rhythm to the madness in your head, but do not relinquish in them. Do not give them form or shape. Think of yourself as a flowing body of water that never stays stagnant. In and out goes debris. Your thoughts are debris; let them flow in and out of your mind.
It would be great to meditate for hours. However, as a beginner, you have to start slowly – shorter intervals. Quieting the mind sounds like a very simple task but for many, it is not. The mind is restless. Start by meditating for a few minutes at a time and gradually increase your duration as your attention improves. Soon you will go from meditating for five minutes to meditating for an hour.
Use an Anchor
It very easy to get distracted during meditation; therefore, it is necessary to use an anchor. When your mind drifts away, all you have to do is bring it back to your anchor. It could be your breath, a mantra, a candle flame, an object, or even a picture – as long as you feel connected to it.
Meditation shouldn’t be a chore. It is a simple practice that can enhance the quality of your life. If done correctly, meditation can open your mind to new feelings and help you reach higher levels of enlightenment. There is no magic formula. It requires time and effort. After carefully choosing your space, always remember to start your meditation with an open mind. Let the chaos and challenges of daily living meet the peace and quietness of meditation. You can choose to sit upright with your legs touching the ground or lie down with your face towards the sky. Whichever you choose, make sure you are comfortable. Meditation is a journey, and a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.