7 Useful Tips To Get You Started With Meditation
Meditation is helpful in many ways, especially in keeping our other habits under control. Instead of impulsively reacting to situations, we become more aware of what is going through our minds. Instead of reacting automatically, we learn to make choices. Meditation is a good way to know yourself better. It is not an easy habit to get started and keep going. But if you follow the tips that we have here for you, you’ll eventually find it easier to stick to meditation. These tips will certainly not turn you into an expert but it will definitely help you get going and sticking to the habit.
1. Take two minutes in a day to just sit. Well, how difficult can that possibly be, right? It is just twominutes after all. So on your first week, begin with sitting for two minutes. And if you are able to survive a week of sitting quietly for two minutes a day, increase that by two minutes on the next week. Gradually increase per week until you finally reach sitting for ten minutes at a time. The idea here is to start small.
2. When our day has already started, it is easy for us to forget meditating especially as the day progresses into a busy one. So to avoid this, do your meditation first thing in the morning. If you tend to be a forgetful person, place sticky notes with a reminder to meditate in places where you would notice it right away.
3. Stop worrying about how you should be sitting, where you should be sitting, the kind of cushion or chair to be using and all that. While all these things can make us quite comfortable, it is really not that important for you to begin. You can simply sit on your chair, couch or even your bed. If you are most comfortable sitting on the floor, feel free to do so. Besides, you’ll only be starting with two minutes. Maybe when you take a longer time to meditate, you can start thinking about staying comfortable.
4. The moment you begin meditating, check how you are doing and what you are feeling. What quality is your mind in right now? Are tired? Maybe busy? How about anxious?
5. After you have settled in with how you are doing, it is time for you to start counting your breaths. When you breathe in, make sure that you follow your breath all the way to your lungs. Count one when you inhale and two as you exhale and so on until you reach ten then you should start with one again.
6. There will be quite a lot of times when your mind will begin to wander as you count your breaths. It’s okay, don’t beat yourself up over it because it happens to everyone. Simply focus your attention back to your breathing and start counting all over again.
7. As you go through your meditation, you will also notice that feelings and thoughts are arising. Do not consider these feelings as enemies. Instead, consider them to be your friends. They may not be all of you but they are a part of who you are so learn to look at these things in a friendly manner.