Meditation… Well, no matter how many lives it has changed, it’s still a mysterious thing to many. If you are anything like me, then you maybe have watched many videos and downloaded each and every meditation app available trying to decipher it, but guess what? you still can’t get the feel of it.
The main reason behind this might be the fact that meditation force you to sit alone with your thoughts, which something scary for a lot of people. This is why you find yourself distracted each time you decide to meditate. But the gurus of meditation claim that once you get used to it and practice it well, you love the feeling of getting to know yourself more and more each time you meditate.
Getting into meditation might be challenging at first, but once you start noticing its transformative powers from reducing anxiety to clearer skin it will become a major part of your wellness routine. Get into this great habit with the help of these tips.
1 || Set The Mood
Sometimes you need an outside element to motivate you. A meditation cushion or crystal sitting out in your living room may help you take a moment to sit and breathe. create a meditation conducive zone in your home by adding some soothing elements such as plants, beads, sound bowls, and trinkets to help you set the mood.
2 || Find Your Own Mantra
Create your own mantras and don’t hesitate to use them inside and outside your practice. The way we talk to ourselves has a huge effect on how we feel. Tell yourself that you are enough, strong, lovable, and patient. Repeat these affirmations as much as you can.
3 || Few Minutes Are Enough
As John Maxwell says: “Doing a little bit every day is more important than doing a lot someday”. meditating for a few minutes every day will make a huge difference in your life. Set your timer for 5, 8, or 10 mins and start your practice. This way you won’t keep checking your phone every two seconds and get distracted. You’ll be surprised how effective these few minutes might be.
4 || Why Am I Resisting It?
ask yourself this question each time that you feel distracted or unable to sit for a practice. Sometimes all it takes to move past the excuses are really good questions that remind us of our intention for why we wanted to start meditating in the first place.
5 || Let Your Breathing Guide you
Breathing is the core of meditation. And this is great because you can practice it anywhere and anytime. Choose a simple breathing technique that will help you relax and get over anxiety and stress. Equal ratio breathing that activates the relaxation response in the body is your best bet. Breathe in through your nose and out through your nose, you’ll inhale for 5, retain your breath at the top for 5, exhale for 5 and hold your breath at the bottom for 5. Aim to do 5 rounds and then bring your breath back into its natural rhythm to shift into your meditation practice.
6 || You Can Think!
Meditation is not a thoughtless experience as many of us think. The goal of meditation is putting you in a place where you can “witness” your thoughts and let them go. imagine yourself sitting on a high mountain and your thoughts are the clouds that are passing by you gently. Remember, you are not your thoughts they are momentary and fleeting, and the more often you witness your thoughts then return back to a point of focus like your breath or an affirmation, the better you get at remaining in the present moment.
7 || Focus On Good Feelings
Like gratitude or love. For your brain to carry these feelings throughout the day instead of stress or worry. Meditation activates our RAS (reticular activating system) which serves as a funnel in our brain. The RAS funnels information to support how we already feel or what we already know. Simply, send love for everyone that you can think of while you’re meditating and think about things you are grateful for. Let these emotions overcome your body.