These 5 tips will help you begin a meditation practice
It can be so easy to try meditating a few times and fall into the pattern of thinking, “Well meditation is just not for me, I can’t sit there and quiet my mind”.
The most likely cause of this is that you haven’t given it enough time.
We need to have patience for good things to happen in life, we can’t rush the results. This is especially true with meditation.
I totally understand that starting a meditation practice can be super challenging for people.
I used to be there myself and thought that it was literally impossible for me to quiet my mind.
This really was just a limiting belief that I was placing on myself.
I needed to meditate because I was not in a good place in my mind but was in such a state of sabotaging myself that I was having trouble getting past this belief.
What I finally did was truly dedicate myself to meditation. I made it part of my daily routine and I started to push past my usual thought patterns.
The crazy part is, I truly believe that meditation is one of the main components that has helped me come this far in taking control back of my mind. I really feel that it has helped me be overall more positive in life.
So with my story, I hope I encourage you to continue to try meditating.
It really isn’t easy to sit still and quiet the mind, it takes practice like anything else.
If you wanted to run a marathon but never run, you wouldn’t just go out and run 26 miles on the first day. You might go for 1 mile and you know what, that 1 mile would probably suck. But, won’t it get easier if you consistently keep showing up and running?
Same goes for meditation. It looks like it should be easy, we are just sitting there with our eyes closed right? Controlling and relaxing the mind is not a task to be taken lightly. It is challenging but can bring about amazing results.
Most things in life that are challenging bring the best results anyway right?
I am going to offer you some advice in beginning your meditation journey that can help make this process easier for you.
1. Start with a short meditation.
Don’t try to sit for 30 minutes right away, all you need is 5 minutes to start. Work your way up to whatever time you would like but get there slowly, there’s no rush!
2. Use guided meditations.
Guided meditations are really helpful in the beginning. I personally do both guided and non-guided meditations currently but in the beginning there was no way I was sitting for a non-guided meditation.
Guided meditations will make it way easier to get into that meditative state. Youtube has plenty of these and they have lots of quick 5 min meditations!
3. Sit how you are comfortable.
There is no rule that says you have to sit cross legged on the floor to meditate. If you are comfortable in this position, then by all means go for it!
If you want to sit on the floor but are uncomfortable, try to use props to make your seat more comfy, whether you use a floor cushion or pillows under your legs.
Play around with this until you find that perfect position for yourself.
This took me time as well! Now when I meditate I know what position I will be able to sit in with the least distractions from my body.
If sitting on the floor just isn’t for you, then sit in a chair. Sitting in a chair isn’t going to make your meditation any less effective. The most important thing is that you are comfortable because if you’re not, then it is going to be even more difficult to sit still and relax. I do suggest if sitting in a chair to keep your feet in contact with the ground, it just helps keep you more grounded through your practice.
4. Find a place in your home that you can dedicate to meditation.
You don’t need to have a giant home to do this. I currently have made a meditation/zen corner in my home that I use. What is so amazing about this is that once you sit in this area, your mind will already start to go into that meditative state. It remembers ok, this is the place where I get to relax.
5. Don't be so hard on yourself.
Like I said before, meditation takes practice and is not a time for us to be judging ourselves. If you find during a meditation that your mind was all over the place or you had to keep moving, who cares? You still showed up and took the time for you.
These things improve with time, so give yourself the time needed and be kind to yourself.
You can do this guys!
Love and Light,
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