5 tips for Meditation
There are many different interpretations of what a meditative state is: A good analogy for what a meditative state is, is similar to neutral in a car. You are alert and in tune with your environment, but you are not in resistance with anything. You are relaxed and calm. It is one of those things that you can’t explain or understand until you actually experience it.
There are many different methods of meditation: Find a type of meditation that works for you. There are so many forms of meditation, it is impossible not to find one that you can be comfortable with. Experiment with different methods of meditation, it will prevent complacency.
1. Start small: When you are beginning your meditation practice, be honest with yourself with the duration you plan to meditate. If you have a hard time sitting still, you wouldn’t want to start out meditating for 45 minutes only to find it so difficult that you never want to meditate again. A five to fifteen minute meditation every day will prove much more beneficial to you. As you become more comfortable in your meditation practice, slowly add more time and increase the frequency.
2. Be comfortable…:…but not so comfortable that you fall asleep. Meditation should not be a painful experience. When you choose a posture to meditate in, make sure that it is a posture that you can comfortably hold through the duration of the meditation. This will help you to maintain focus, prevent fidgeting and make meditation more appealing.
3. Observe: Allow thoughts to pass through your mind without attaching to them. Try not to judge, label or think about the thought, simply acknowledge it and let it pass. Act as if you are a visitor in your own mind, observing what is in it, but not emotionally attaching to it.
4. Use your breath as an anchor: We all breathe, always. When you find your mind drifting or becoming distracted, your breath is the easiest thing to find to refocus on.
5. If at first you don’t succeed, try again: Again, do not judge your meditation. If you do not feel like you are reaching a meditative state, keep at it, it will come with time.
I LOVE to diffuse essential oils when I meditate, which puts me into a more relaxed state of mind. The most relaxing ones I found are balance, serenity, and lavender.
How do you meditate?