Clearing Your Mind

Here are six quick and easy meditation tips to help you get started and to keep you going with an effective meditation habit.

Want to know what the hardest part of meditation is? Here’s a hint:  It has nothing to do with meditation at all!

Meditation is a great way to clear your mind of the worries and stresses of the day. If you’re not familiar with this method of relaxation, you may think it’s difficult at first. However, with practice, you’ll find that it’s not hard at all.

Starting a Meditative Practice

The hardest part is simply making the time to meditate. Once you believe in its power and see its results, you won’t let anything get in the way of you and your peaceful practice. It might be tough in the beginning, but stay with it! It’ll be well worth the effort.

Make a goal for yourself and evaluate your progress as you go. Commit to at least weekly meditations for four weeks. After this time, evaluate whether the meditation has made a positive difference your life.

These meditation tips will help you in your quest for obtaining inner peace:

1.  Choose a time to meditate. Find a good time for you to meditate. You can start with shorter sessions in the beginning, but generally you should shoot for between 30 minutes to an hour during each session. Right when you get up or before you go to bed are good times to practice.

  • Make meditation a priority for yourself just like you would for everything else that’s important in your life.

2.  Sit up straight. Keep an elevated posture. If you slouch, you won’t be in a good position for meditation and you’re more likely to feel like falling asleep. Elevate your posture and you’ll feel more open to the world. Relax in a crossed legged or other comfortable sitting position and rest your hands in your lap.

3.  Focus on your breathing. Your main goal is to keep your attention on your breath as you breathe in and breathe out through your nose. It may help to say a mantra and visualize breathing good energy into your belly and lungs and letting out the bad energy with each cycle.

  • Breathe at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Work toward deep, long breaths, through the nose and filling the belly and lungs.

4.  Acknowledge your thoughts. You want to remain fully present while you’re meditating, and there’s no doubt that thoughts are going to enter your mind while you’re trying to concentrate.

  • Don’t become  frustrated by these thoughts, but at the same time don’t let thoughts take your attention completely away. Acknowledge your thoughts and then bring your focus back to your breath.

5.  Stay awake. Ignore the urge to sleep. Many people complain of the urge to sleep during meditation sessions, mainly because it’s relaxing and you’re meditating during early morning or late evening hours. Try to remain awake with focus and good posture.

6.  Maintain your practice. After you discover the many benefits of meditating, it will most likely become a part of you forever. You may not have time to do this every day, but it’s important to keep up with regular meditation sessions.

Meditation will help you keep a peaceful perspective on life and can tell you a lot of things about your true self. You can use it to relax, motivate, or energize yourself, depending on your purpose for each session. As you get more experienced with meditation, a more joyful and peaceful life will be yours!

All good things,
John

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