Tips For A Successful Meditation PracticeNovember 30, 2018
Do you want to incorporate more mindfulness into your life? Perhaps a new stressful situation or years of anxiety problems has you searching for some comfort. Whatever the cause, we all deal with our fair share of negativity. Meditation is a beautiful way to relieve some of the burdens this negativity gives us throughout our mental, physical, and spiritual lives. Below are a few quick tips to help you set up a successful meditation process focused on providing relief and transforming your life!
It’s All About Mood
You might find it hard to concentrate on your breathing and your mind if you are in a room full of distractions. As you set up your meditation practice, try to find the most peaceful place that will be easy to set apart from the hustle and bustle that may be present in the rest of your home. Once you’ve selected your spot, it is now time to decorate your space with objects associated with the goal of your meditation practice. These objects might include incense with therapeutic properties, candles, gemstones, or other relics. After you’ve personalized a calm, peaceful space for yourself, your meditation will go much smoother.
Guidance Is Not Against The Rules
When you think about meditation, it can seem like an entirely solitary activity—which in a sense is true. However, as you begin to strengthen your focus on your practice, it is not against the rules to seek guidance. This support can be in the form of a mediation partner that holds you accountable, a mobile app, a retreat, or a simple workshop. Whatever the guidance, it is perfectly fine and will most likely improve the chances you will continue with your practice.
Set a Schedule
Timing is everything—even when you are trying to transcend it! Shorter meditation sessions at a regular time are more successful than longer, more sporadic sessions whenever you can fit them in. With the world as hectic as it is, meditation experts recommend both mornings as you rise and nights as you are lying down to be the best times to meditate. Make the intentional effort to stick to the schedule, even if it begins as only three minutes—you can always add time as you go!
Practice Until It Feels Right
Meditation is just like anything else you will learn—practice makes perfect. Don’t expect not to get distracted the first week (or weeks) into your meditation exercise. Instead, use your tendency to get distracted as an opportunity to forgive yourself and treat yourself with compassion. If you are consistent with your practice, you will notice yourself subconsciously bringing your meditation into other spaces in your life—this is you reducing your stress and anxiety and returning to the calm ground inside yourself.
The path to a more mindful and focused life begins with just one breath. Choosing to prioritize the harmony of your mental, physical, and spiritual selves will lead to a more happy, healthy, and fulfilling life.