You have heard that meditation is good for you. However, it may seem like just another thing you don’t have time to learn. Here are some tips that will make it more appealing and less daunting.
1- Start Small
Start with only 3-5 minutes. If you are having trouble with 3 minutes, you can even start smaller, like paying attention to the sensation of taking three breaths.
2- Make the Decision to Practice
Like learning any new skill, it takes practice. Meditating every day can make the moment the skill becomes automatic and effortless come sooner.
3- Find a Quiet Place
Find a place where you won’t be disturbed and turn off your phone. Get rid of any distractions.
4- Say a Mantra, and Breathe
Pick a mantra that is meaningful to you. This helps you put attention on your body and breath and helps you relax.
5- Don’t Worry About Your Eyes
Many people prefer closing their eyes during meditation. If you want to keep your eyes open, keep them on a fixed point on the floor a few feet in front of you.
6- Put Meditation Reminders Around You
Sticky notes will work for a while before old habits take over again. Try adding variety or humor to your notes to help you remember.
7- Choose a Style
There are many different techniques. The goal is to pick something you are comfortable with and that relaxes you.
8- Don’t Pressure Yourself
Don’t get discouraged when you can’t keep your mind perfectly blank. The point of meditation is to help you clear the stray thoughts. Be patient.
9- Try Guided Meditation
This may be a good place to start. There are many apps and free online meditations available.
10- Get Support
Look for a local community meditation class. Many people find that meditating in a group is a lot easier.
Meditation isn’t always easy, but it has truly amazing benefits. You can start today and continue for the rest of your life.
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