These days, meditation is quite popular in mainstream society, and for good reason. Research has shown that people who meditate regularly experience improved well-being in all areas of life. It doesn’t mean they have fewer challenges than others, but that they are able to move through the challenges from a place of inner calm and balance.
Meditation can help you:
- master your emotions
- sharpen your thinking
- reduce stress
- increases happiness and self-awareness
- feel more connected
- increase immunity and general health
- sleep better
There are many different approaches to meditation, and as you try out various methods, you’ll figure out what works best for you. Here are 6 tips to help you get started:
- Start simple. Don’t think that you need to meditate for five hours a day. You can start by simply sitting in a quiet place for two minutes. Increase by two more minutes every week, and before you know it, you’ll be easily meditating for 10 – 15 minutes at a time. Just start simple.
- Try meditating in the morning, as soon as you wake up. Don’t wait for the day to get busy, when you may be tempted to push it aside. After you turn off your alarm, get up and start your day with a few minutes of quiet meditation.
- Get comfortable. Don’t worry about where or how you are sitting. Whether you decide to meditate on top of your bed, on a chair, or cross-legged on the floor, just make sure you’re comfortable.
- Monitor your breathing. Once you’re in a comfortable position, turn your attention to your breath. Breathe in and follow the air in through your nose and all the way down to your lungs. Then, as you exhale slowly, follow the breath as it leaves your body. To help you focus, you can even think of the words ‘inhale’ and ‘exhale’ as you continue to follow your breath in and out.
- Refocus. You will find that your mind tends to wander when you are meditating. That’s okay. Simply notice when this happens and then bring your focus back to your breathing.
- End your meditation with gratitude. Come out of your meditation slowly. Bring your awareness back to your physical body and the sounds in your environment. Offer thanks for the positive things in your life and silently reflect on your meditation experience before getting back to the activities of your day.
As you take time to meditate every day, you may start to notice yourself living life more deliberately, from a place of calm and peace. 🙂
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