If you have already tried to meditate, you might have found that it isn’t always quite as easy as you might think. It has a reputation for being quite an easy task. After all, you just have to sit down and close your eyes to relax, right? If only it were that simple!
There is actually a lot that goes on with meditation, and there are different ways people do it to try and achieve their zen state. Not only that, though, but it can take a lot of practice to get right as well. In fact, there are quite a few people who find that their first few meditation attempts can be difficult and hard work – it can be all too easy to give up at the first hurdle.
It doesn’t always have to be like that, though. If you use all of these next few tips, you should find that it’s easy to turn meditation into a regular habit.
Always Meditate In The Same Place
One great tip that can get things off to a good start is to always meditate in the same place. Ideally, this should be a dedicated space for meditation. For instance, you might want to convert a corner or your living room or bedroom. You can place a cushion or blanket down on the floor and include a few incense sticks alongside some relaxing candles. Once you have created such a space for meditation, you will find that it is easier to relax your mind for a session. This ready-made space will naturally make you a lot more likely to want to meditate in the first place. Don’t worry if you can’t create this kind of space in your home – you can meditate from anywhere, it just might take you a bit longer to tune your mind ready.
Talk To A Pro
If you find that you really struggle to get in the right zone for meditation, it could be worth talking to a pro and asking them for some tips and advice. If you take a look online, you will be able to find a local Yogi or meditation teacher who might be available for consultations. If you can’t find any one-on-one sessions in which you can ask them for personal advice, it could be worth taking a few group sessions. In these kinds of sessions, you will learn the basics of good meditation practices.
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Try To Meditate On An Empty Stomach
Did you know that it’s best to try to meditate on an empty stomach? If you try to meditate straight after eating, you could find it harder to focus and concentrate. That’s because all of your body’s energy will be focused on the digestive process. It could be difficult for you to muster up the required mental energy as a result. I’m sure you will already know how sluggish and bloated a big meal can make you. That’s not the ideal state to be in when you want to meditate! So, be sure to give it a couple of hours after eating before you do attempt to meditate.
Try Meditating With A Group
I’ve already mentioned that meditating with a group could be helpful as it will help you get to grips with the basic principles of meditation. But it could be even more useful as you could find that you are a lot more motivated when you are doing it with others. The majority of groups will chat while meditating, and this can really focus the mind. You might even find it to be extremely inspiring as well! As well as attending regular meditation classes, you might want to attend meditation retreats too. These retreats often take attendees really deep into the main meditative practices, so you will come away knowing a lot more, which should help you when you try to meditate on your own at home.
Use Some Beads
Some people find that using beads can be really beneficial with their meditation practice. Any beads can be used, but Tibetan prayer beads are the favored ones by many Yogis and meditation pros. The beads help you to keep count of all your prayers and mantras, which will ensure you stay very focused throughout the session. Not only that, though, but lots of people find that using the beads to count with can prevent them from getting too relaxed and drifting off to sleep.
Don’t Expect Anything From Each Session
It can be tempting to expect a lot from your meditation sessions. For example, some people go into them thinking that they will come away feeling a lot more relaxed and at peace with themselves. However, that isn’t always the case. If you put too many expectations on a meditation session, you will find that it rarely lives up to them. It’s always best to go into each meditation practice not expecting too much. One other thing to remember is that we are each on our own journey through meditation, so you shouldn’t expect the same results as anyone else. Simply go into each session with an open mind and take it as it comes. As long as you follow this rule of thumb, you should find that it’s a lot easier to develop your meditation skills and have a better experience overall.
Be Mindful In All Aspects Of Life
Once you have finished your session, you should leave everything that you have learned and experienced there. It’s important that you take it all into your daily life with you. You will then find that you can be a lot more mindful of every single aspect of your life. Overall, this will leave you feeling a lot more relaxed and calm in your life, even in very adverse situations. Eventually, you’ll become a very zen person!
Meditation shouldn’t be difficult. If you find that it is, starting to follow a few of the tips above should be a really big help. Your meditation sessions will greatly improve as a result!