Do you want to learn to Meditate?
If the answer is yes, great! Your life can improve dramatically by adding a daily meditation practice. But, before starting lets first answer the question:
What does it mean to Meditate?
Our dear friend Google defines it as:
focus one’s mind for a period of time, in silence or with the aid of chanting, for religious or spiritual purposes or as a method of relaxation.
That is an easy and simple definition but try focusing your mind for some time and you will find out that it is not that easy.
You see, the mind loves to bring up all kinds of different thoughts, ideas, solutions, memories, and so on. That is its function. So, when we try to stay focused on one single point the mind usually won’t agree.
The whole point of meditating is to be able to stay present, to train the mind to be in the now. And the more we can do it while we Meditate, the more we can extend that feeling into the rest of our day.
And that is where all the benefits of meditation start to bear fruits like; reducing stress, controlling anxiety, improving attention span, improving memory, overcoming addictions and so on.
Finding the best way for you to learn how to meditate is going to be the key.
I will share with you some of the tips that had worked for me in the last 15 years.
The idea is that when you leave your meditation moment you feel refreshed, connected to yourself, and ready for your day or next task ahead.
Use the breath
For the last 10 years, I have been using breathwork or pranayama almost every morning as a tool to calm down the mind and meditate.
Without going into detailed techniques, just focus on the breath and count the seconds inhaling and the seconds exhaling. Try to make it equal. That will bring your mind to the present moment and keep you focused.
If this is something that interests you, please contact me and we can talk about the different techniques I use.
If you are a musical person, find a relaxing meditative playlist. The main idea here is to let the music be part of yourself. Connect to each sound and let it flow through your body.
Keep the focus on the music and your bodily feelings as music travel through your body. It can be a very satisfying, relaxing and refreshing experience if you are sensitive to music.
Find your best position and space
Ideally, find a space that is calm, clean and uncluttered for your mediation. Make it a sacred space. You can use a candle, altar or something that connects with you internally. Also, make sure that you are not disturbed.
You can choose to sit, on the floor, on a meditation cushion or chair, or just lay down. If you lay down, make sure you don’t fall asleep. That doesn’t count as meditation! 🙂
The main thing is that you find a comfortable position where you can be for 5 to 20 min without hurting and connected to yourself.
Stay focused and consistent
Remember, the main point is to keep the mind focused on the present moment. Thoughts will arise, so just bring the mind back to your focus point, the breath, the music or maybe just some steady sound around you, like the ventilation system, the sound of the fridge or so on.
Staying consistent is going to be the key to see the benefits and make it an enjoyable practice. So, use the system that best works for you to create a new habit. Maybe plan a 30-day challenge, or engage your partner or a friend to do it together, you choose. Stay consistent for a minimum of 21 days (the time it takes to create a habit).
Find a course, app or teacher
When starting I would recommend trying different methods to find the one that better works you. Guided meditations can be very helpful at the beginning. Many different apps that can help you with this. I particularly like Insight Timmer and The Tapping Solution App.
The Tapping Solution App combines meditation with Tapping which is a very powerful tool to reduce stress from the body very quickly. If you haven’t heard about it, I would check it out.
And if you are looking for an experienced online teacher in an excellent platform I would recommend MindValley’s meditation course How to Develop the Meditation Practice of the World’s Top Performers with Emily Fletcher.
If you have any other questions about this topic or any other topic related to your health and personal growth don’t hesitate to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Until next time, stay calm and keep on meditating!